TDS Cares and gives back to our communities


In a year full of challenges, TDS’ field marketers found creative ways to give back to the communities we serve. TDS’ field marketing team connects with philanthropic organizations to support community efforts though volunteering and donations.

Giving back is an integral part of the culture at TDS. From hands-on volunteering, to in-kind and financial support, TDS takes a vested interest in the growth and success of the communities we serve. In fact, community involvement is so imperative to our core beliefs that we started the “Be Good Citizens” program, which provides employees with 16 hours of paid time off every year to volunteer.

Here’s the breakdown of donations made by our field marketers:

Brenda Cody, manager of Field Marketing, total donated: $15,046 in Utah and Nevada

  • St. George Children’s Museum: $6,000
  • Root for Kids: $2,250 (Named TDS an Outstanding Business of the Year)
  • Switchpoint: $1,500
  • Neighborhood Connections Check $500
  • Kayenta Arts CC $1,500
  • Covid Testing Center $346
  • Joe Bowcut Golf Fundraiser $200
  • Golf Fundraiser $200
  • Mesquite Works $500
  • St. George Car Show Fundraiser $125
  • Southern Utah Pacific Islander Coalition $750
  • Mesquite Economic Development $500
  • Mesquite Lights Food Bank Donation $250
  • Donors Choose $423

Roots for Kids: TDS was named the 2020 Outstanding Business of the Year by Root for Kids. Not only is Root for Kids an impressive nonprofit organization that provides services for children and families in need in Southern Utah, they are also a TDS customer.

“TDS has been a really strong partner with us through the years,” said Root for Kids CEO Suzanne Leonelli. “You are there for us every day and you step up and help us during times like we are experiencing right now. Thank you for being eager to donate the internet for our annual Radiothon, bring volunteers, and come to our rescue with a generous donation when we opened the emergency child care for first responders’ kids in April.”

Neighborhood Connection: “When COVID-19 hit and our nonprofit could no longer feed the kids on the weekends we thought what can we do to help people that are in so much need right now. We teamed up with Washington County to find families that had empty fridges and we set about trying to fill some of them. As soon as I mentioned this to TDS’ Brenda Cody she and TDS came to us with money to help us. This is typical of TDS and Brenda always looking for a way to serve our community. Thank you from all of us at Neighborhood Connection.” — Donna MacBean

In addition, TDS donated $10,000 to The Utah Food Bank in St. George, Utah.

Katy Shiverdecker, senior administrator—Field Marketing, total donated: $4,412 in Colorado

  • United Way Cameron Peak Fire Fund: $1,500
  • Mountain Post Santa’s Workshop: $500 and donated toys
  • Delta County Hospital Foundation: $300
  • Community Food Bank Donation $250
  • Surface Creek Community Services Donation $250
  • Windsor – Severance Food Pantry Donation $500
  • Northern Colorado Home Builders Association Donation $221.45 Baby diapers, hygiene kits, first aid, etc. Collections donated to Weld County Food Pantry
  • Ability Consultants Donation $500
  • United Way of Larimer County $1,500 Cameron Peak Fire Fund
  • Fitness Avenue 5k event $150 Sponsored a family who was unable to afford Thanksgiving Dinner

Mountain Post Santa’s Workshop:  President April Barnett, noted that the main challenge this year was receiving enough toys to help those in need. “Fortunately, a new donor like TDS, reached out to our program and asked us “what we can do to help.’ We were extremely humbled to receive such support and be the recipient of their gracious generosity.  Then to see their office go a step further by offering to host an angel tree and provide fliers to the Fort Carson community members we not only saw an increase of our program’s awareness, but helped us keep our mission alive. Thank you TDS.”

Barbara Mick, manager—Field Cable Marketing, total donated: $14,625 in New Mexico and Texas

Carlsbad, New Mexico

  • City of Carlsbad, New Mexico: $5,000
  • The Municipal Schools: $3,000
  • Salvation Army: $1,300
  • Socorro Storehouse Food Pantry $300
  • Jonah’s Food Pantry, Carlsbad $750
  • Our Lady of the Light food pantry donation. La Luz, $750
  • Betty Dare Good Samaritan Center, Alamogordo, 600 pairs of gloves
  • Love Inc of Otero County, $750
  • Runners Refuge, Alamogordo, $500
  • CHINS (Children In Need of Services), Alamogordo, gift cards to teachers, childcare providers, cooks, maintenance workers, $1,000
  • Alamogordo Children’s Theater, $500
  • NMSU-A – Food Pantry, $500
  • Thrive Toys for Tots, $500
  • Lady of the Mountain Run Scholarship fundraiser, $200

City of Carlsbad, New Mexico: “We very much appreciate this generous donation made by TDS,” said Carlsbad Mayor Dale Janway. “We believe Carlsbad has some of the most beautiful parks and outdoor recreational areas. We plan to use this donation to make improvements to the upper beach area of the Lake Carlsbad Recreational Area. These updates will not only enhance the quality of life for our residents, but for the people who visit Carlsbad. Thank you, TDS.”




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