8 non-profits receive toys, food and donations from TDS

Badger Honor Flight and the Dane County Humane Society each receive $5,000

Hundreds of dollars in gift cards, barrels of food, boxes of toys, and countless household items were donated by employees of Telephone and Data Systems Inc. and TDS Telecom. Earlier this month, all the donations were sorted, packed, and delivered to non-profit organizations—just in time to brighten the holidays for those in need.

In addition, TDS invited employees to vote for their favorite charity. The top two vote-getters were: Badger Honor Flight and the Dane County Humane Society. Each one will receive a donation of $5,000 from TDS. 

“Year after year, watching the joy it brings employees to deliver wrapped gifts to people in need continues to inspire me,” says Andrew Petersen, Senior VP of Corporate Affairs and Communications at TDS. “It’s extremely moving to see the generosity of our employees.” 

Employees brought in food, toys, pet items, and household objects and filled the bins throughout TDS offices in Dane and Green counties and in Bend, Oregon to support area non-profit organizations, including:

·         Toys for Tots
·         Domestic Abuse Intervention Services
·         Independent Living
·         Wildlife in Need Center
·         Porchlight
·         Second Harvest Foodbank
·         Green Cares Food Pantry (Monroe, Wis.)
·         Giving Plate (Bend, Oregon)

Employees also spent time ringing bells for the Salvation Army and volunteered for local organizations—all in an effort to make the holidays brighter for those in need.

“Giving back is such a huge part of our company’s culture,” said Petersen. “People that work here do amazing work in supporting their communities not just during the holidays, but all year long.”

Media Contact: Cheryl McCollum | Associate Manager - Communications | 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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