BendBroadband donates to The Giving Plate Capital Campaign

BEND, Oregon (April 12, 2022) – BendBroadband has donated $10,000 to The Giving Plate’s Capital Campaign, a fundraising effort for a new facility to fight hunger in Central Oregon.

Jim Butman, CEO of TDS Telecommunications LLC (which includes BendBroadband), visited The Giving Plate today, April 12, to present a check and see The Giving Plate’s future space.

“As Central Oregon’s largest food pantry, we are able to stay on the front lines of feeding our neighbors in need because of generous support from our community. The support we have received from TDS/BendBroadband has been valuable to our organization over the years. Not only do we get our phone and internet services through them, but they have generously supported us financially over the last few years,” said Ranae Staley, executive director of The Giving Plate. 

Since opening its doors in April 2010, the need for The Giving Plate’s services has sharply increased. With the current space no longer able to accommodate its operations, The Giving Plate hopes to move into a new 11,000-square-foot space at 1212 1st St. in early 2023.

“This recent donation helps us as we reimagine food relief for our neighbors in need and work to create a beautiful Community Store for our guests to access our food-relief services. We are truly grateful for how they come alongside us to not only fight hunger but feed hope,” Staley said.

As a part of the Central Oregon community for more than 60 years, BendBroadband takes a vested interest in the success of the communities it serves. Giving back is a core part of the mission of BendBroadband. Including the donation announced today, BendBroadband has donated approximately $30,000 to The Giving Plate since 2019.

“It’s an honor to visit The Giving Plate and see first-hand the crucial work being done to ensure Central Oregon residents have access to food. We are pleased to contribute to the capital campaign and help provide The Giving Plate a facility that will serve the region for years to come,” Butman said.

Learn more about The Giving Plate’s capital campaign by visiting thegivingplate.org/building.

Media Contact: Mark Schaaf | Associate Manager - Communications | TDS Telecom | 414-326-3588 | mark.schaaf@tdstelecom.com  

TDS Telecommunications LLC (TDS Telecom/TDS®) delivers high-speed internet, TV entertainment, and phone services to a mix of rural and suburban communities throughout the U.S. With 1.2 million connections, TDS is a rapidly growing technology company. Powered by fiber-optics and new industry-leading technologies, TDS delivers up to 8 Gigabit internet speeds and offers internet-protocol based TV entertainment solutions along with traditional phone services. TDS also offers businesses VoIP advanced communications solutions, dedicated internet service, data networking, and hosted-managed services. Visit tdstelecom.com.

TDS Telecom, headquartered in Madison, Wis., employs 3,500 people and is a subsidiary of Telephone and Data Systems, Inc. [NYSE: TDS], a Fortune 1000® company. Founded in 1969, Telephone and Data Systems provides wireless, broadband, video and voice; and hosted and managed services to approximately 6 million connections nationwide through its businesses: UScellular, TDS Telecom, and OneNeck IT Solutions. Visit tdsinc.com.

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