Category Archives: Giving

BendBroadband supports The Giving Plate

BendBroadband supports The Giving Plate

BendBroadband has donated $10,000 to The Giving Plate’s Capital Campaign, a fundraising effort for a new facility to fight hunger in Central Oregon.

Jim Butman, CEO of TDS Telecommunications LLC (which includes BendBroadband), visited The Giving Plate on April 12 to present a check and see The Giving Plate’s future space.

“As Central Oregon’s largest food pantry, we are able to stay on the front lines of feeding our neighbors in need because of generous support from our community. The support we have received from TDS/BendBroadband has been valuable to our organization over the years. Not only do we get our phone and internet services through them, but they have generously supported us financially over the last few years,” said Ranae Staley, executive director of The Giving Plate.

Since opening its doors in April 2010, the need for The Giving Plate’s services has sharply increased. With the current space no longer able to accommodate its operations, The Giving Plate hopes to move into a new 11,000-square-foot space at 1212 1st St. in early 2023.

“This recent donation helps us as we reimagine food relief for our neighbors in need and work to create a beautiful Community Store for our guests to access our food-relief services. We are truly grateful for how they come alongside us to not only fight hunger but feed hope,” Staley said.

As a part of the Central Oregon community for more than 60 years, BendBroadband takes a vested interest in the success of the communities it serves. Giving back is a core part of the mission of BendBroadband. Including the most recent donation, BendBroadband has donated approximately $30,000 to The Giving Plate since 2019.

“It’s an honor to visit The Giving Plate and see first-hand the crucial work being done to ensure Central Oregon residents have access to food. We are pleased to contribute to the capital campaign and help provide The Giving Plate a facility that will serve the region for years to come,” Butman said.

Learn more about The Giving Plate’s capital campaign by visiting thegivingplate.org/building.

BendBroadband donates to Bend Chamber housing initiative

Bend, Oregon (November 18, 2021) – As Bend leaders work to address a severe housing shortage, BendBroadband has donated $10,000 to become a lead investor in the Bend Chamber of Commerce’s Workforce Housing Initiative. Limited housing inventory and rising costs have made it more difficult for workers to live in Bend. The Bend Chamber of… Continue Reading

BendBroadband gives back in Central Oregon

BendBroadband gives back in Central Oregon

Every year, BendBroadband employees reach out to help those less fortunate. Whether it’s sponsoring local events or promoting local charities, BendBroadband employees can be found volunteering in the communities we serve. “Our communities are at the center of our businesses and it is our responsibility as a good corporation citizen to give back to the… Continue Reading

First all-company school supply drive is major success

First all-company school supply drive is major success

This past week, BendBroadband and TDS Telecom employees from across the country participated in the organization’s first-ever All-Company School Supply Drive. Offices in Oregon, New Mexico, Wisconsin, Utah, and Minnesota all collected items to be donated to their respective, local schools. The outstanding efforts of all the participating offices resulted in a collection totaling more… Continue Reading

High Desert Chamber: Valentine’s Day concert

High Desert Chamber Music is one of more than 40 nonprofits that BendBroadband provides free or reduced internet and video services.  High Desert Chamber Music is in the midst of its 11th season. Founder and executive director Isabelle LaForet Senger said the mission of High Desert Chamber Music is to bring world-class chamber music and… Continue Reading

Therapeautic horseback training changes lives

Therapeautic horseback training changes lives

The Healing Reins Therapeutic Riding Center is one of more than 40 nonprofits that BendBroadband provides free or reduced internet and video services. We hope you enjoy learning more about these wonderful organizations that make Central Oregon a better place. Healing Reins provides horse-centered therapies and activities for children and adults with emotional and physical… Continue Reading

Holiday giving and BendBroadband go hand-in-hand

No one is useless in this world who lightens the burdens of another – Charles Dickens All across our markets, TDS and BendBroadband employees are providing joy this holiday season.  Everything from riding along on a TDS float in the Christmas Parade, donating food to the local pantry, sponsoring Santa’s Workshop, and providing non-profit organizations… Continue Reading

Central Oregon Daily meteorologist named Volunteer of the Quarter

Central Oregon Daily meteorologist named Volunteer of the Quarter

Central Oregon Daily Meteorologist Dorrell Wenninger blew into town earlier this year and made a huge impact in the community in a very short time. The list of activities Dorrell volunteers for in Bend seems endless, but it’s this love of being involved and giving back that earned him the Volunteer of the Quarter designation… Continue Reading

Applications due Dec. 1 for Community Partnership for non-profits

Applications due Dec. 1 for Community Partnership for non-profits

BendBroadband’s Community Partners Program awards discounted Internet and Cable TV services to more than 40 local non-profit organizations each year. The award is issued for one calendar year (Jan. 1-Dec. 31) as a monthly billing credit equal to the retail rate of: * One basic High-Speed Internet connection and monthly bandwidth allowance with one standard… Continue Reading