Community Involvement

Variety of photos showing Garden Valley employees volunteering in their community.


Donation Guidelines

Donations, given in the form of cash or merchandise, are one of our ways of giving back to area communities. The cooperative’s donation policy allows for an annual amount, based on the number of access lines in an exchange, that is designated to be used on a first-come, first-served basis to non-political, non-religious organizations located within Garden Valley’s service area.

Fairs & Parades

Garden Valley participates in many area parades and also has a display booth at local fairs.

Grants

Garden Valley Education Foundation (GVEF) promotes a technology grant program by offering funds to school districts located within our service area. These grants are to be used to aid in the purchase of technology-related services or products.

Scholarships

The Minnesota Telecom Alliance, of which Garden Valley Telephone Company is a member, has established a Foundation and awards $2,000 scholarships to five high school seniors.

Foundation for Rural Services (FRS), along with the National Telecommunications Cooperative Association (NTCA) and its members, strongly promotes the continuing education of rural youth. As your local telecommunications service provider, we are happy to offer this national scholarship program to the students in school districts located within Garden Valley’s service area. For additional information, please visit the FRS website at www.frs.org.

Sponsorships

Garden Valley helps sponsor many community events put on by various organizations throughout our service area. Some of these events include holiday parties, health fairs, benefit, youth associations, etc…

Youth Tour

Each year Garden Valley considers sponsoring up to two youth delegates to attend the NTCA Foundation for Rural Services (FRS) Youth Tour in Washington, D.C. High school juniors, under the age of 18, and residing within designated Garden Valley exchanges, are encouraged to write an essay-style letter of application explaining why they are interested in attending and why they should be chosen to represent Garden Valley at the youth tour. Watch for additional information in our December “Voice of the Valley” newsletter.