More than a dozen Dane County non-profit organizations get a little help from TDS Telecom this holiday season

Support includes $7,000 donation to Second Harvest Foodbank of Southern Wisconsin.

Hundreds of dollars in gift cards, boxes of food, barrels of toys, and countless household items were donated by employees at Telephone and Data Systems Inc. and TDS Telecom during the last few weeks. Everything has now been sorted, packed up and delivered to more than a dozen non-profit organizations around Dane County to help make the holidays just a bit brighter. 

“Our employee generosity, especially during the holidays is both heartwarming and inspiring,” says Andrew Petersen, vice president of External Affairs and Communications at TDS. “What’s remarkable, though, is that our employees give year-round to make a difference in our community and it all culminates now, during the holidays.”

According to Petersen, for weeks, employees were bringing in food, toys, pet items, and household objects — filling bins placed throughout TDS offices in Dane County. In all, 13 area non-profit organizations are benefiting from TDS and their employees this year, including:
Toys for Tots
Domestic Abuse Intervention Services
Dane County Humane Society
Independent Living
Salvation Army
Second Harvest Foodbank of Southern Wisconsin 
Middleton Outreach Ministry (MOM) Food Pantry, Middleton
St. John The Baptist Waunakee Food Pantry, Waunakee
The River Food Pantry, Inc., Madison
Village of Belleville Food Pantry, Belleville
Verona Food Pantry, Verona
Lussier Community Center food pantry, Madison

In addition, TDS employees were invited to choose which non-profit agency should receive a $7,000 donation from the company. For the seventh year in a row, employees chose Second Harvest Foodbank as the recipient. Combined with other holiday donations to Second Harvest, TDS generated about 28,000 meals for the organization to help in their effort to eliminate hunger.

“Helping others is just part of the culture at TDS,” Petersen added. “I’m proud to see the level of support and involvement of our employees throughout the year. Whether they are volunteering at a local event, donating hats and mittens to help kids stay warm when the weather turns cold or donating school supplies the outpouring of support is always very generous.”

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For more information contact: Cindy Tomlinson | Associate Manager – Public Relations | TDS Telecom | 608-664-4471 |

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 3,600 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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