STAMFORD, Connecticut., September 15, 2021 / PRNewswire / – Charter Communications, Inc. today announced the launch of Spectrum Community Assist, a $ 30 million, a five-year philanthropic initiative to revitalize community centers in rural and urban areas and invest in skills training programs in underserved communities in the company’s 41 states. By 2025, Charter will improve 100 centers across the country, affecting approximately 50,000 local residents, including through financial support for skills training programs, new technologies and 1 gigabit broadband internet service, as well as renovation and repair of buildings. Charter launches the program on September 18 at the Better Family Life Community Center in Saint Louis, followed by similar events in Charlotte next month and Stamford in November.
Through Spectrum Community Assist, Charter will partner with national and local nonprofit organizations to identify and improve community centers in underserved areas in need of support. In each center, revitalization events with employees and volunteers from the community will be organized to repair and improve the physical buildings. As part of Charter’s continued commitment, the company will also invest in the centers’ vocational training efforts with cash grants and in-kind contributions, improve physical classroom spaces, and provide new equipment, including laptops. and furniture. In addition, since broadband is an essential part of a community center infrastructure, Charter will provide each community center with its advanced 1 Gigabit Internet service.
“Community centers are the hallmark of our neighborhoods; people turn to these centers for support, to share experiences and for help in developing new professional skills or finding a job, ”said Rhonda crichlow, Senior Vice President and Director of Diversity for Charter, which operates the Spectrum brand of Internet, TV, mobile and voice services. “Seven years ago, we set out to make a difference in our communities through Spectrum Housing Assist, which provided essential home repairs for low-income homeowners. Spectrum Community Assist is a natural evolution of this successful effort, extending our support to the communities we serve to local centers and organizations offering important programs and career development training. ”
Currently 8.4 million Americans are unemployed, according to the U.S. Department of Labor, and an estimated 17 million U.S. workers may need to move to new jobs in the post-pandemic world (McKinsey Global Institute February 2021 study here). Charter of $ 25 million investment, more $ 5 million In-kind contributions over the next five years will directly benefit those organizations as they strive to meet this urgent need while improving the lives and strengthening the economic fabric of the communities where Charter operates.
Charter launches Spectrum Community Assist in Saint Louis
Charter launches its Spectrum Community Assist program in Saint Louis to September 18, with an event at Better Family Life, a non-profit community service agency that provides short-term training in employment programs, in-demand industry certifications, job placement and retention services, call center representative courses and the possibility of micro-loans for entrepreneurs looking to start their own small businesses.
Physical improvements to be made by Charter employees and community volunteers include painting, landscaping and light construction. Charter’s investment will also provide a new smart board, chairs and 25 new laptops for a newly renovated classroom, which will be unveiled as the Spectrum Training and Technology Center. In addition, Charter will donate $ 50,000 to Better Family Life to support its career development programs, which will enable more people to take advantage of the centre’s vocational training offers. Additional support will be provided to ensure connectivity through the company’s advanced Spectrum broadband suite of services.
Following the Saint Louis event, Charter will sponsor Spectrum Community Assist events with community partners in several other markets throughout 2021, including Charlotte on October 16 and Stamford to November 13, with additional revitalization projects slated for 2022 and beyond. More information on Charter’s philanthropic initiatives, including Spectrum Community Assist, is available at https://corporate.charter.com/community-impact.
About the Charter
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 commercial services, including Spectrum Internet®, TV, Mobile and Voice.
For small and medium-sized businesses, Spectrum Business® offers the same suite of broadband products and services coupled with special features and applications to improve productivity, while for large businesses and government entities, Spectrum Enterprise provides solutions to highly customized fiber base. Spectrum Reach® offers tailored advertising and production for the modern media landscape. The company also distributes award-winning media coverage, sports and high-quality original programming to its customers through Spectrum Networks and Spectrum Originals. You can find more information about Charter at corporate.charter.com.
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