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BendBroadband employee voted Volunteer of the Quarter

BendBroadband employee voted Volunteer of the Quarter

Who said volunteering can’t be something you truly love to do?

Guide-Dogs-Logo.jpg Kim Lyon, an administrative assistant in Bend, Oregon, is one of BendBroadband’s newest volunteers of the quarter. Since she was eight years old, she’s been training puppies into guide dogs to help blind and low-vision individuals gain independence. For nearly 23 years, she’s been accomplishing this feat through the work she’s done as a club leader and a puppy trainer at Guide Dogs for the Blind Inc.—an industry-leading, nonprofit guide dog school.

“I was eight years old when my family got our first puppy,” said Kim. “I instantly fell in love with puppy raising and I got involved with Guide Dogs for the Blind shortly after.”

Guide Dogs for the Blind has been forging exceptional partnerships between people, dogs and communities since 1942. Today, the non-profit is the largest guide dog school in North America with over 300 employees and 3,000 volunteers across 10 states.

Kim-Lyon-Winward.jpgPuppy raisers like Kim receive a puppy when the dogs are around eight weeks old. They train them for the first year and a half of their lives on everything from potty and leash training to advanced discipline.

After 15 months, the puppies become eligible for formal command training at one of the nonprofit’s two campuses in San Rafael, California, and Boring, Oregon. The San Rafael campus is the national headquarters, located 20 miles north of San Francisco. It’s state-of-the-art, and situated on 11 acres of park-like setting. It includes corporate administration offices, advanced residence buildings, puppy centers, and a veterinary clinic.

Since 1998, Kim has helped train 10 puppies grow into loving and intelligent companions for visually impaired people. While experiencing the joy that comes with raising puppies is huge for Kim, it isn’t the only reason she loves working with Guide Dogs for the Blind. Perhaps her favorite part of working with the organization is seeing the culmination of her efforts on ‘Graduation Day.’

Kim-Lyon-Nectar.jpg“Graduation Day is when we’re invited to present the dog to the person they’ve been paired with,” said Kim. “It’s always been a really special experience to share with that person.”

Kim was nominated for Volunteer of the Quarter honors by account executive, Mindy Pratt.

“Kim dedicates a tremendous amount of heart and patience into improving the lives of others,” said Mindy. “Training these dogs to help someone live independently requires countless hours of work and dedication, and she’s done it selflessly for years.”

Enjoy a Smarter Way to TV

Enjoy a Smarter Way to TV

What makes TDS TV®+ so smart? Intelligence and integration. Looking for something new to watch? Take advantage of personalized program recommendations based on your viewing habits. It’s like your TV gets to know you! Want a fast way to find to your favorite shows? Use the all-in-one search capability that spans live channels, the On… Continue Reading

The best internet for how we live

The best internet for how we live

Sometimes distance isn’t the only barrier between you and your loved ones. That’s why BendBroadband is working tirelessly to keep you connected with the fastest, most reliable internet. This is especially important in light of COVID-19 and the adjustments everyone has had to make to their daily lives. Whether you’re working from home, your kids… Continue Reading

Important news from BendBroadband

COVID-19 Update for Customers We are committed to keeping you connected. BendBroadband is committed to offering reliable, resilient communications service to our customers, in good times and in times of crisis. We anticipate the COVID-19 viral outbreak will increase Internet usage demands as more customers find themselves working, learning and otherwise staying at home. We’d… Continue Reading

HBO & Cinemax Free Preview Weekend

HBO & Cinemax Free Preview Weekend

Free Preview Begins: March 13, 2020 6 a.m. (Friday) Free Preview Ends: March 16, 2020  6 a.m. (Monday) That’s right—starting right away this coming Friday, you’ll be able to check out those HBO or Cinemax shows and movies that you’ve been waiting to see. This HBO preview features an array of new programming, which includes… Continue Reading