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Funds Support Broadband Technology Programs and Training in Communities throughout Charter's Service Area
STAMFORD, Conn., Sept. 2, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- Charter Communications, Inc. today announced the recipients of its 2021 Spectrum Digital Education grants, awarding a total of $1 million to 49 nonprofits in 16 states and Washington, D.C. as part of the company's five-year, $7 million commitment to support digital literacy in communities across its 41-state footprint. Recipients will use the funds for broadband technology programs and training, particularly in financially underserved rural and urban communities within Charter's service area.
"As one of the nation's largest internet service providers, Charter is committed to supporting programs that promote digital literacy in the communities we serve," said Rahman Khan, Vice President of Community Impact for Charter, which operates the Spectrum brand of internet, TV, mobile and voice services. "The organizations supported by this year's grants are doing important work, such as developing technology programs to help families achieve financial stability and economic self-sufficiency, and teaching senior citizens how to use broadband to better connect with family. Through our partnerships with these nonprofits, we are giving people tools and resources to help them succeed and live fuller lives in today's digital society."
Charter launched Spectrum Digital Education in 2017, recognizing that education and digital literacy are as important as affordability relative to a household's lack of broadband service. Recent data from the National Telecommunications and Information Administration shows the importance of these efforts: When asked the main reason for not being online, over 60% of offline U.S. households cited "don't need or not interested" as the reason versus under 19% that cited concerns about expense. To date, Charter has awarded $7 million in Spectrum Digital Education grants and in-kind contributions to nonprofit organizations reaching nearly 70,000 people in 20 states and Washington, D.C. The list of this year's non-profit grant recipients includes:
Building Skills Partnership, Los Angeles
Community Tech Network, San Francisco
East San Gabriel Valley Japanese Community Center, West Covina
Great Harvest Community Center, San Bernardino
Jacob's Heart Children's Cancer Support Services, Watsonville
Loaves Fishes & Computers, Inc., Salinas
Plaza Comunitaria Sinaloa, Mission Hills
Resource for Education Advocacy Communication and Housing, Santa Fe Springs
Seniors In Service of Tampa Bay, Inc., Tampa
Georgia Extension 4-H Foundation, Inc., Athens
Hawaii County Economic Opportunity Council, Hilo
Hawaii State Rural Health Association, Hilo
Louisville Metro Housing Authority Development Corp.
Louisville Urban League
Elder Services of Worcester Area, Inc., Worcester
MAB Community Services, Inc., Brookline
Goodwill of Western Missouri and Eastern Kansas, Kansas City
St. Louis Arc, Inc., St. Louis
The LaunchCode Foundation, St. Louis
Urban League of Greater Kansas City
Code Girls United, Kalispell
First Corinthian Baptist Community Development Corporation, New York
Hispanic Federation, Inc., New York
Interfaith Works of Central New York, Inc., Syracuse
Northern Manhattan Improvement Corp., New York
The Service Collaborative of WNY, Inc., Buffalo
The YWCA of Brooklyn, Inc., Brooklyn
Westcott Community Center, Inc., Syracuse
Adult Center for Enrichment, Inc., Greensboro
E2D, Inc., Davidson
HUBZone Technology Initiative, Inc., Henderson
INTech Camp for Girls, Charlotte
Kramden Institute, Inc., Durham
Ashbury Community Services, Inc., Cleveland
Central Community House of Columbus, Inc., Columbus
Collinwood and Nottingham Village Development Corporation, Cleveland
Homeless Hands of Zanesville
Goodwill Industries of Central Ohio, Inc., Columbus
Urban League of Greater Southwestern Ohio, Cincinnati
Communities In Schools of South Carolina, N. Charleston
Palmetto Care Connections, Bamberg
Boys & Girls Clubs in Tennessee, Knoxville
LGBT Technology Institute, Staunton
LULAC National Educational Service Centers, Inc.
OCA-Asian Pacific American Advocates
Digital Bridge, Inc., Milwaukee
YWCA Southeast Wisconsin, Milwaukee
Wyoming State Museum Volunteers, Inc., Cheyenne
Charter sponsors several philanthropic programs in addition to Spectrum Digital Education, including Spectrum Scholars, a scholarship for under-represented college juniors in financial need; Spectrum Employee Community Grants, which supports Charter employees' local volunteer activities; and the Spectrum Community Investment Loan Fund, which supports small and minority-owned businesses whose goods and services help meet core needs in financially underserved communities within the company's footprint. More information about Charter's philanthropic initiatives is available here.
Charter Communications, Inc. (NASDAQ:CHTR) is a leading broadband connectivity company and cable operator serving more than 31 million customers in 41 states through its Spectrum brand. Over an advanced communications network, the company offers a full range of state-of-the-art residential and business services including Spectrum Internet®, TV, Mobile and Voice.
For small and medium-sized companies, Spectrum Business® delivers the same suite of broadband products and services coupled with special features and applications to enhance productivity, while for larger businesses and government entities, Spectrum Enterprise provides highly customized, fiber-based solutions. Spectrum Reach® delivers tailored advertising and production for the modern media landscape. The company also distributes award-winning news coverage, sports and high-quality original programming to its customers through Spectrum Networks and Spectrum Originals. More information about Charter can be found at corporate.charter.com.
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