TDS donation aims to help YWCA Madison residents

TDS Telecommunications LLC (TDS®) was proud to make a donation of 130 refurbished laptop computers to the residents at YWCA Madison.

“Being a strong community partner is central to our mission and values. We’re pleased to make this donation and help a tremendous local organization like YWCA Madison,” TDS Telecom CEO Jim Butman said.

YWCA Madison provides services leading to safe, affordable housing and shelter for more than 800 women, children and families each year through residential and community programs. The organization also offers employment and transportation, race and gender equity, and restorative justice programming throughout Dane County. The goal of TDS’ computer donation is to help residents in need stay connected with family and friends, as well as help with workforce development and other needs.  

The laptops were previously utilized by TDS associates. Rather than ending up at a landfill, TDS partners with Cascade Asset Management to refurbish the computers for additional use. The computers were delivered to the YWCA Madison Empowerment Center on Tuesday, Sept. 20.

TDS made a similar donation in late 2020 during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic to help YWCA residents make video calls with family.

Vanessa McDowell, YWCA Madison CEO, said, “This generous donation of laptops will support residents of YWCA Madison in benefitting from all that tech access brings! We are so grateful for this donation and opportunity.”

Madison-based TDS is committed to the communities it serves. In addition to numerous sponsorships and donations across the country, its “Be Good Citizens” program provides associates with 16 hours of paid time off every year to volunteer.

Media Contact: Mark Schaaf | Associate Manager - Communications | TDS Telecom | 414-326-3588 |  

TDS Telecommunications LLC (TDS Telecom/TDS®) delivers high-speed internet, TV entertainment, and phone services to a mix of small to mid-sized urban, suburban and rural 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

TDS Telecom, headquartered in Madison, Wis., employs 3,400 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

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