SPECTRUM ANNOUNCES $10,000 SPECTRUM DIGITAL EDUCATION GRANT FOR GIRLS INCORPORATED OF SAN ANTONIO
SAN ANTONIO, Texas (Dec. 10, 2020) – Spectrum has announced Girls Incorporated of San Antonio has received a $10,000 Spectrum Digital Education Grant to help bridge the digial divide. This grant is part of the company’s multiyear, $6 million cash and in-kind national commitment to digital education in Spectrum communities across the country. The company doubled its original 2020 commitment to digital education, awarding a total of $1 million to 47 organizations providing broadband education, technology, and training.
“We thank Girls Incorporated for being instrumental in helping us provide support for digital education in the San Antonio community,” said Rahman Khan, Vice President of Community Impact for Charter Communications, Inc., which operates the Spectrum brand of TV, Internet, Voice and Mobile products. “Through Girls Incorporated, we can continue to provide those in need with the resources to navigate the challenges of the digital age.”
According to leaders at Girls Incorporated, in San Antonio, an estimated one in four homes does not have Internet access. Affordability, reliable connectivity, safety, privacy, and access to devices are some of the most prevalent barriers the community faces. Funding from Spectrum will enable Girls Incorporated of San Antonio to enhance current Internet capacity, expand access to technology and equipment, and provide a safe environment for girls impacted by the digital divide.
“We are proud to be a recipient of a 2020 Spectrum Digital Education Grant,” said Lea Rosenauer, President/CEO for Girls Inc. of San Antonio. “Girls Inc. of San Antonio is dedicated to inspiring all girls to be strong, smart, and bold. Spectrum’s support will enable us to continue to provide academic enrichment and mentoring services to ensure girls have access to opportunities and experiences in a safe space.”
With this year’s grants, Spectrum has surpassed its multiyear commitment to award $6 million in cash and in-kind donations to support broadband education across the company’s 41-state service area. This year’s recipients are from 15 states and Washington, D.C., and were chosen from 259 eligible applications. Recipients include nonprofits working to empower disadvantaged residents in towns and cities, boost small businesses in rural areas, provide computer assistance to senior citizens, and meet educational needs for children — including those experiencing homelessness and remote learning challenges. Since its inception in 2017 through July 2020, Spectrum Digital Education has benefitted more than 41,000 individuals in 17 states and Washington, D.C.
Spectrum Digital Education is one of several philanthropic programs developed by Charter to support the communities in which Charter provides service and where its employees both live and work. Additionally, Spectrum Housing Assist, launched in 2015 to make homes safer and healthier, has resulted in improvements to 50,000 homes to date. Charter Spectrum’s Employee Community Grants program, launched in 2019 to support employees’ volunteer activities at local social and human services organizations, has already impacted more than 175 critical service organizations across 25 states.
This year, 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, 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.
Finally, this spring, Charter introduced Spectrum Scholars, 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, and connect them with potential internship opportunities at Charter.
Spectrum is a suite of advanced communications services offered by Charter Communications, Inc. (NASDAQ:CHTR), a leading broadband connectivity company and cable operator serving more than 30 million customers in 41 states. 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.
About Girls Inc. of San Antonio
Girls Inc. programming provides a comprehensive approach to whole girl development that equips girls ages 6 to 18 to navigate gender, economic, and social barriers and grow up healthy, educated, and independent. Built around the Girls Inc. Experience, it provides access to opportunities, experiences, and role models that help guide girls toward fulfilling and productive lives and enable them to break the cycle of poverty. Girls Inc. is dedicated to the development of an intentional girl community, where every girl can express her experiences and feelings around common issues involving physical, social and emotional development. As a community leader in youth development, Girls Inc. has developed partnerships, knowledge, and support to expand and serve girls who need us most – girls in low-income and under-resourced communities. Serving 5,000 girls annually, Girls Inc. has recently acquired and moved to a new campus at 2214 Basse Rd, San Antonio, TX 78213.
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