Category Archives: Giving

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 Commerce is undertaking a multi-year initiative that includes a concerted public affairs, research, and communications plan, as well as convening public and private sector leaders to develop solutions.

“Bend’s shortage of workforce housing is at a critical level,” said Katy Brooks, Bend Chamber CEO. “We are very grateful to BendBroadband for being one of the first to step up in helping us make Bend a place you can both live and work.”

The housing shortage in Bend has reached a high level of urgency. In the last year alone, home values in Bend have skyrocketed more than 40%. For the wide variety of labor sectors in the community, employers have experienced more employee loss due to the decline in affordability and lack of adequate housing. The chamber’s effort seeks to raise awareness about the housing shortage impact on employers, the labor force, and the local economy.

“As an active member of the Bend Chamber of Commerce, we jumped at the chance to partner on such an important, urgent initiative and assist in addressing housing issues,” said Nicole Christensen, BendBroadband associate manager of field marketing.

As a part of the Central Oregon community for more than 60 years, BendBroadband takes a vested interest in the success of the communities we serve. Giving back is a core part of BendBroadband’s mission.

“Housing shortages are a critical issue facing Bend and communities across the country. We are proud to partner with the Bend Chamber of Commerce and do our part to help workers, employers, and the community thrive,” TDS Senior Vice President of Corporate Affairs Andrew Petersen said.

Learn more about the initiative by visiting https://bendchamber.org/workforce-housing-initiative/.

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

TDS bandwidth donation tops $5 million for OSU Open Source Lab

TDS Telecommunications LLC has made a donation valued at more than $1 million to help operate the Oregon State University Open Source Lab. TDS’s most recent gift represents 20 billion bits per second of bandwidth provided over three years. It enables Open Source Lab hosted sites to deliver nearly 430 terabytes of information to people… Continue Reading