TDS donates $1,000 to Key to Happiness Rescue and Transport, Inc.

Key to Happiness is among the top vote-getters by TDS employees in the 50 for 50 Golden Year of Giving initiative.

To celebrate its 50th anniversary, Telephone and Data Systems (NYSE:TDS) launched the 50 for 50 Golden Year of Giving initiative. In conjunction with its subsidiaries—TDS Telecom, OneNeck IT Solutions, Suttle-Straus and U.S. Cellular—the company is giving $50,000 to charities across the country this year—based solely on employee recommendations and votes.

Key to Happiness Rescue and Transport, Inc. (KTHR) is the most recent recipient. The non-profit, volunteer-based, all breed dog rescue helps dogs find permanent, loving homes in Wisconsin, Texas, and Louisiana. KTHR is dedicated to saving abused, neglected, and unwanted animals from the all too common outcome of euthanasia. In addition to providing the animals with food and shelter, KTHR provides education on the importance of spaying or neutering companion animals to prevent the tragic outcomes associated with unwanted pets.

“I nominated Key to Happiness because, as a dog and animal lover, their mission to rescue animals from high kill shelters and other situations resonates with me,” said Nichole Schneeberger, Project Manager at TDS. “I donated a trail camera to them in 2018, which helped them rescue six lost dogs in the community. I know they will put this donation from TDS to great use.”

KTHR is one of many charitable organizations receiving support from the TDS 50 for 50 Golden Year of Giving initiative. Throughout the year, TDS employees have had the opportunity to vote for charities nominated by their co-workers. Monthly, the two organizations garnering the most votes received $3,000 and $1,000, respectively. Starting this week, employees will have a chance to vote again and two of the 22 winning organizations will receive an additional $4,000 or $2,000.

The founder of Telephone and Data Systems, Roy Carlson, once said, “I firmly believe that a local community is best served by local people who are aware of local needs.”

For TDS, being good citizens has always been a part of the company’s mission. The company views this anniversary celebration as a natural way to celebrate and give back. For more information about community involvement at TDS, visit tdstelecom.com.

Media Contact: Garrett Seymour | Intern – Communications | TDS | 608-664-5529 | Garrett.Seymour@tdstelecom.com

TDS Telecommunications LLC (TDS Telecom/TDS®) delivers high-speed internet, TV entertainment, and phone services to nearly 900 rural, suburban, and metropolitan communities across the U.S. With more than 1.2 million connections, TDS is one of the fastest growing technology companies in the United States. Powered by fiber-optics and new industry-leading technologies, TDS delivers up to 1 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 nearly 2,700 people and is a subsidiary of Telephone and Data Systems, Inc. [NYSE: TDS], a Fortune 1000® company. Founded in 1969, TDS Inc. employs 9,400 people and has approximately six million connections nationwide through its businesses U.S. Cellular, TDS Telecom, OneNeck IT Solutions LLC, and TDS Broadband Service. TDS Inc. has been named to several Forbes lists, including America's Best Employers for Diversity, Best Large Employers, and Best Employers for Women. Visit tdsinc.com.

Updated February 2019

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