TDS donates $1,000 to March of Dimes
March of Dimes is among the top vote-getters by TDS employees in the 50 for 50 Golden Year of Giving initiative.
MADISON, Wis. (Aug. 12, 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.
The March of Dimes is the most recent recipient. Throughout the past 80 years, the March of Dimes has helped millions of babies and mothers survive pregnancies. Some of the ways this is accomplished is through full support during pregnancy, supporting and advocating policies that prioritize their health and improve healthcare, and pioneering research to find solutions to the biggest health threats to moms and babies. The charity was nominated by TDS Telecom Consumer Specialist Todd Coy, a father who sees the benefits of the organization every day.
“Six years ago, we were told we were having twins,” said Coy. “They came unexpectedly early with complications. Without the research, dedication, and discoveries of the March of Dimes, I do not think my girls would be as healthy as they are. March of Dimes is the reason our girls had a fighting chance.”
According to Todd, the company’s 50 for 50 year of giving initiative plays a huge role in boosting the company’s culture.
“As an employee, there are so many choices to choose from and support,” said Coy. “By asking employees who they want to support, it really makes a direct impact on those in our network, making the TDS community stronger.”
March of Dimes 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 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.