MILWAUKEE (Jan. 18, 2021) – Charter Communications, Inc. today announced a series of events with local nonprofits honoring the National Day Of Service for the Inauguration of President-elect Biden and Vice President-elect Harris, which celebrates the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
The National Day of Service includes two Spectrum Employee Grant (SECG) recipients highlighted via virtual events promoting the importance of local volunteerism: United Way of Sullivan County in Monticello, New York, and Hope Center in Waukesha, Wisconsin. These organizations provide vital food, clothing and other emergency services in their local communities. Charter has awarded 225 Spectrum Employee Community Grants since its July 2019 launch, as part of its SECG $1 million programming commitment through year-end 2021.
Charter also is partnering with Triangle Nonprofit and Volunteer Leadership Resource Center to distribute 200 Safe & Healthy Home Kits today to local residents in Durham, North Carolina. Safe & Healthy Home Kits include easy-to-install and -use items to help make homes safer and healthier, including a smoke alarm, first-aid kit, carbon monoxide tester, weather stripping, cleaning supplies, LED nightlight and more.
Spectrum Employee Community Grants are given to 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations throughout the company’s 41-state service area, its corporate centers in Denver and Stamford, and Washington D.C. Recipient organizations provide critical human services to the community, including food pantries, homeless shelters and job placement programs, and must be nominated by a Charter employee who has volunteered with the organization for at least 12 months.
The SECG program is one of several philanthropic initiatives developed by Charter to support communities in which Charter provides service and where its employees both live and work. The company also has surpassed its multiyear commitment to award $6 million in cash and in-kind donations to support broadband education through Spectrum Digital Education grants, which have benefited more than 56,000 people across 17 states and Washington, D.C., since 2017.
In 2020, Charter announced the launch of the Spectrum Community Investment Loan Fund, which will invest $10 million in capital by the end of 2021, making loans up to $1 million to community development financial institutions (CDFIs) in the company’s footprint. In June 2020, Charter announced additional investment partnerships with the National Urban League and National Action Network to support Black and other minority-owned small businesses. The addition of those partnerships increased Charter’s Loan Fund commitment to $13 million.
Charter also introduced Spectrum Scholars in the spring of 2020, a two-year educational program for eligible rising juniors in financial need, that will award a total of $400,000 in scholarship aid, provide company mentors for students, as well as connecting them with potential internship opportunities at Charter.