Category Archives: Giving

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 than 10,000 items.

Some of the donations included backpacks, notebooks, writing utensils, and organizational materials. Employees collected, counted, and organized the items just in time to donate them as the school year kicks off across the country.

Cindy Tomlinson, the drive organizer and associate manager of communications in Madison, Wisconsin, said she was incredibly proud of the enthusiastic response of the participating offices.

“It’s amazing to see the kindness of our employees,” Cindy said. “Ten thousand items is something to be proud of, but I’m not at all surprised that this company was able to donate such a large amount. It’s just who we are.”

Sarah Reister, local drive organizer and contact center coordinator in St. George, Utah, said she feels that the success of the supply drive was made possible by TDS’ community-driven company culture.

“It is such a blessing and privilege to work for a company that truly cares about the communities it serves and allows employees, such as myself, the time and resources to be involved in volunteer opportunities,” Sarah said. “I have worked for several companies over the years, and TDS is the only one that has promoted this type of stewardship. I am proud to be part of the TDS family!”

Thanks to Katy Shiverdecker and Zach Samuel for helping coordinate a school-supply drive in the BendBroadband offices of Bend, Madras, and Prineville, Anita Walden and Lori Holohan for coordinating a school supply drive in Cedar City, Utah, and to Tammy Anaya for working with local non-profits to distribute the school supplies collected by TDS’ Carlsbad, New Mexico office.

Community involvement has always been part of TDS’ mission. Since TDS first began offering phone service in 1969, the company has established itself as an organization that prioritizes volunteering and giving back.

As founder, Roy Carlson, once said, “I firmly believe that a local community is best served by local people who are aware of local needs.”

The inaugural supply drive was a partnered sponsorship between TDS’ Community Outreach program and Employee Resource Groups, and was in keeping with company efforts to provide community service, and a culture of volunteer participation. Follow this link to learn more about how TDS strives to give back.

By Joe Pueschner, TDS Communication Intern, and a senior at the University of Wisconsin Madison who loves to cook, hit the gym, and listen to podcasts.

High Desert Chamber: Valentine’s Day concert

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

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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

World Muse 2018: Asking the Question

Article and Photo by Irene Cooper The 2018 World MUSE Conference celebrated its sixth year Saturday at The Tower Theatre in Downtown Bend, Oregon, with a full day of inspiration and thought provoking presentations from over 30 keynote speakers and performers. MUSE founder and director Amanda Stuermer, along with directors Tracy Treu and Cynthia LaRoche,… Continue Reading

St. Vincent food drop-off at BendBroadband office

St. Vincent food drop-off at BendBroadband office

Next time you drive by the BendBroadband office on Sherman Road, be sure to stop and donate a food item. A St. Vincent de Paul donation barrel is located at the BendBroadband office at 63090 Sherman Road in Bend this holiday season. The barrel will be there from now until Dec. 31. When asked about their greatest need, St. Vincent de Paul… Continue Reading

Month of Giving: The Center Foundation

Month of Giving: The Center Foundation

The Center Foundation is one of nearly 25 nonprofits that BendBroadband provides free or reduced internet and video services. Every Friday during our Month of Giving campaign, BendBroadband is featuring one of these organizations on our web page. In addition, every day we are featuring one nonprofit on our Facebook and Twitter sites. We hope you… Continue Reading