TDS partners with local and national charities to help Afghan refugees

TDS Telecom (TDS®) partnered with Team Rubicon and the DeForest Chamber of Commerce to provide assistance to the roughly 12,500 Afghan refugees living at Fort McCoy in western Wisconsin. Through a combination of in-kind donations from TDS associates and monetary gifts, the company hopes to help make a difference for those in need.

“Many of these refugees arrived in the Unites States without any resources,” said Drew Petersen, Vice President of Corporate Affairs at TDS. “We worked with two wonderful organizations to help give these folks what they need to start again.”

A donation drive organized by TDS associates also collected two trucks worth of items identified by Team Rubicon as being particularly needed. From clothing and child-specific items, to personal care and hygiene items, associates dropped off or purchased supplies on the internet to have delivered. TDS employees sorted the collections and are delivering them to Fort McCoy on Saturday, September 25.

TDS also donated $2,500 to a philanthropic initiative through the DeForest Windsor Area Chamber of Commerce, in cooperation with the Wisconsin Emergency Management (WEM). The chamber used the funds to provide culturally appropriate clothing for all ages and genders, cases of water, and other essential supplies.

“Great things can happen when people team up towards a common goal,” says Petersen. “It was our pleasure to be a part of this larger relief effort.”

TDS is headquartered in Madison, Wisconsin and employs more than 1,400 people in the state.






Media Contact: Missy Kellor, Associate Manager-Communications | TDS | 608-664-4836 |

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]. 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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