Employees pledge $131,293 to United Way

TDS encourages employees to volunteer up to 16 hours a year during work hours to support local charitable organizations.

Collectively, TDS Telecom (TDS®), OneNeck® IT Solutions and BendBroadband and its employees have pledged $131,293 to United Way chapters for 2016-17. During the two-week campaign, employees nationwide pledged $85,793 to United Way through employee payroll deductions. These donations will be distributed to local chapters tied to employee zip codes and employee designations. In addition, TDS designated $45,500 to specific chapters throughout the country where employees are most active with local groups.

“One of our shared missions is to be good citizens,” said Dave Wittwer, CEO and president of TDS Telecom. “We encourage employees to volunteer with our paid time-off volunteer benefit and to also support the organizations served by the United Way.”

TDS allows each employee to volunteer, during the day while still being paid, up to 16 hours annually. If all hours were used TDS employees could volunteer 56,000 hours each year to United Way supported agencies, local schools, and other charitable organizations.

TDS Telecommunications Corporation is designating $10,000 to United Way of Deschutes County, Bend, Ore.; $15,000 to United Way of Dane County, Madison, Wis.; $3,500 to Greater Twin Cities United Way, Minnesota; $4,500 to United Way Dixie, St. George, Utah; $3,500 to United Way of Otero County, Alamogordo, N.M.; $3,000 to the Valley of the Sun United Way, Phoenix; $3,000 to Mesa United Way, Arizona and $3,000 to United Ways of Tennessee.

Media Contact: Cheryl McCollum | Associate Manager of Public Relations | TDS Telecom | 608-664-2388 | cheryl.mccollum@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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