TDS presents Hometown Hero Award to YMCA leader

Meridian, Idaho – TDS Telecommunications has presented its first Hometown Hero Award, recognizing a resident of the Treasure Valley for making a difference in their community.

Andrea Parker, who developed a successful and one-of-a-kind department at the Treasure Family YMCA called THRIVE, was presented with the award today at the YMCA. In the past two years, THRIVE has grown to hundreds of programs that help children and young adults who are neurodiverse as well as their families.

“We received many great nominations for our first Hometown Hero Award, and I am so pleased to present the award to someone as incredible and deserving as Andrea,” said Julie Maiers, TDS Senior Vice President of Marketing, Sales, and Customer Operations. “THRIVE is changing lives and making an amazing impact in the Treasure Valley, and it’s exactly the kind of undertaking we sought to spotlight with this award.”

As part of the Hometown Hero Award, TDS is donating $1,000 to THRIVE, which stands for Together Helping Realize Inclusive Victories Everyday. Programs include arts and crafts, swimming, dance, and many more. For more information on THRIVE, visit

TDS is continuing construction on its high-speed, all-fiber internet networks in Meridian, Garden City, Boise, and Nampa. One Hometown Hero award winner will be chosen from each community. Other winners will be announced at a future date. For more information on TDS products and services, visit

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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