Guide Dogs for the Blind Inc. received the most employee votes in TDS’ 50 for 50 Golden Year of Giving initiative.
BEND, Ore. (June 18, 2019) — To celebrate its 50th anniversary, Telephone and Data Systems (NYSE:TDS) has launched the 50 for 50 Golden Year of Giving initiative. In conjunction with its subsidiaries—TDS Telecom, OneNeck IT Solutions, Suttle-Straus and U.S. Cellular—the company will be giving $50,000 to charities across the country in 2019, based solely on employee recommendations and votes.
One of the recipients is Guide Dogs for the Blind Inc., headquartered in San Rafael, California and with a branch in Bend, Oregon. It’s an industry-leading guide dog school that has been creating relationships between people, dogs, and communities since 1942.
The non-profit prepares highly qualified guide dogs to serve and empower blind and low-vision individuals free of charge thanks to a robust network of instructors, puppy raisers, volunteers, and donors. The free services for clients in need include personalized training and post-graduation support with the dogs, as well as financial assistance for veterinary care.
BendBroadband Warehouse Technician, Kimberly Lyon, nominated the organization because of the impact she has seen it have on people throughout her past 20 years as both a club leader and puppy raiser.
“I started training my first puppy in 1998 as a fifth grader,” said Lyon. “Growing up raising guide dogs for the blind taught me a great deal about responsibility and service. It has had a wonderful impact on my life.”
The $3,000 TDS is donating will go toward a number of expenses, including vet bills, food for dogs on campus, traveling costs, and many more.
This is one of many charitable organizations that will receive support from the TDS 50 for 50 Golden Year of Giving initiative. Through November 2019, employees will have the opportunity to nominate, and then vote for charities selected by their co-workers. The two organizations that garner the most votes each month will receive $3,000 and $1,000, respectively. In December, employees will vote again and two of the 22 winning organizations will receive an additional $4,000 or $2,000.
The founder of Telephone and Data Systems, Roy Carlson, once said, “I firmly believe that a local community is best served by local people who are aware of local needs.”
For TDS, being good citizens has always been a part of the company’s mission. The company viewed this anniversary celebration as a natural way to celebrate and give back. For more information about community involvement, visit tdstelecom.com.
Media Contact: Garrett Seymour | Intern – Communications | TDS | 608-664-5529 | Garrett.Seymour@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.