Hundreds, even thousands have holidays brightened by TDS
More than a dozen non-profit agencies receive gifts, toys, food and supplies from TDS and its employees.
MADISON, Wis. (Dec. 15, 2016) — Hundreds of dollars in gift cards, barrels of food, boxes of toys, and countless household items were donated by Telephone and Data Systems Inc., TDS Telecom, and their employees. Earlier this week, all the donations were sorted, packed, and delivered to more than a dozen area non-profit organizations — just in time to brighten the holidays for those in need.
There were also about 50 individuals and dozens of families who received hand-selected and wrapped gifts through the Porchlight Angels program. TDS employees have been teaming with Porchlight, a local agency working to decrease the homeless population, since 2011, serving as Angels and helping those in need.
“It’s heartwarming and inspiring to watch employee after employee stroll out of the building to deliver their wrapped gifts,” says Andrew Petersen, VP of External Affairs and Communications at TDS. “As they hand the gifts to waiting Porchlight employees, they know their hand-selected gift will soon be delivered to someone who otherwise would go without. Every year, we have more employees volunteering to be a Porchlight Angel. It’s extremely moving!”
According to Petersen, for weeks, employees have also been bringing in food, toys, pet items, and household objects — filling bins placed throughout TDS offices in Dane County. In addition to Porchlight, more than a dozen non-profit organizations are receiving support from TDS and their employees this year, including:
“I’m proud to work here and to see the level of employee involvement this time of year,” says Petersen. “What’s remarkable, though, is that our employees give year-round. Helping others is just part of our culture. Whether volunteering or donating their time, they are always very generous.”
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TDS Telecommunications Corporation (TDS Telecom/TDS®), a wholly owned subsidiary of Telephone and Data Systems, Inc., is the seventh largest local exchange telephone company in the U.S. and a growing force in the cable industry. TDS provides 1.2 million connections to high-speed internet, phone, and TV entertainment services in nearly 900 rural, suburban, and metropolitan communities. For residential customers, TDS deploys 1Gig internet access, IPTV service, cable TV options, and traditional wireline services. The company offers businesses advanced solutions, including: VoIP (managedIP Hosted voice), high-speed internet, fiber optics, data networking, and hosted-managed services. Visit www.tdstelecom.com or tdsbusiness.com.
Headquartered in Madison, Wis., TDS Telecom operates OneNeck IT Solutions LLC and BendBroadband, which is part of TDS Broadband Service LLC. Combined, the company employs more than 3,400 people.
Telephone and Data Systems, Inc. [NYSE: TDS], a Fortune 500® company, provides wireless; cable and wireline broadband, TV and voice; and hosted and managed services to approximately six million customers nationwide through its businesses U.S. Cellular, TDS Telecom, OneNeck IT Solutions LLC, and TDS Broadband Service LLC. Founded in 1969 and headquartered in Chicago, Telephone and Data Systems, Inc. employs 10,400 people. Visit tdsinc.com.