Pokemon float

TDS employees give back!

Year-after-year, TDS employees give to help others. This happens twelve months out of the year, but at the holidays their giving spirit is even stronger than usual. We thought we’d take this chance to share some of the great things our employees have been up to all across the country

In Tennessee:
A large group of employees worked together building TDS’ float for the annual Mt. Juliet Christmas parade, of which TDS is also a major sponsor (photo above). In line with the city’s chosen Pokémon theme, Pikachu (a.k.a. Mike J., Field Service Technician) rode along on TDS’ float. The float featured holiday lights all around, a fully lit Christmas tree with presents, and the movie Frozen running on the TV (with fully operational sound system).

Holidays Mesquite Nevada

In Nevada:
A group of employees in Mesquite participated in the annual Parade of Lights, which TDS sponsored. As part of its sponsorship, TDS also donated 25 pounds of canned foods to the Virgin Valley Food Bank and the Salvation Army.

In Minnesota:
Employees in Monticello participated in the local holiday food drive. At our sister company, OneNeck IT Solutions in Eden Prairie, employees also collected food—151 pounds, in fact, for the ICA Food Shelf. They also hosted a toy drive for Toys For Tots.

Holidays in Oklahoma

In Oklahoma:
TDS helped put up the Christmas lights in Kellyville; shout-out to Field Service Technician Jason H. for hanging the lights.

In Wisconsin:
Employees delivered wrapped gifts to Porchlight, a Madison-based non-profit dedicated to helping the homeless. Employees volunteered to help families in need and hand-selected and wrapped presents that will be delivered to dozens of families and 50+ individuals who would have otherwise gone without.

Employees also collected hundreds of toys for Toys for Tots, including a 1993 Bo Jackson baseball card and figurine, along with other baseball collectibles, stuffed animals, Barbie’s, Legos, puzzles and so many more — donated for the kids in need to enjoy!

Vicki Villacrez Second Harvest Check Presentation

But employee generosity didn’t stop there. Second Harvest Foodbank was presented a check for 15,000 meals. On behalf of all employees, Vicki Villacrez, CFO and VP of Finance, presented the check live on the 6 p.m. NBC 15 Share Your Holidays newscast. The donation was a culmination of a food drive at the TDS offices in Dane County, a phone system donation for the annual Share Your Holidays telethon, and because Second Harvest was selected as the charity of choice by an employee vote.

On behalf of all of us at TDS, thank you for letting us to be part of your community!

 

About Cindy Tomlinson

Cindy Tomlinson is the Associate Manager of Public Relations at TDS Telecom. She has a solid foundation in corporate public relations, social media, and reputation management. In order to generate news, Cindy has immersed herself in the technology. For the last eight years, Cindy has been generating positive awareness for TDS and the company’s products, services, employees, and involvement in the community in hundreds of local, state, national, and industry publications. She has a keen understanding of hosted, managed, and cloud services, VoIP, broadband, and telephony. With 20 years of Public Relations experience in a variety of settings (non-profit, agency and corporate) Cindy is quick to take on projects, learn about new technology, and seek opportunities to put the company in the spotlight. She is a graduate of UW-Stevens Point and can be found on Google+ and LinkedIn.

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