In cities and towns across Texas, local cable operators and their employees make their communities a better place to live. Cable companies not only make financial and in-kind donations to numerous civic and charitable organizations, but employees volunteer thousands of hours of their time each year. Check out the latest cable industry community initiatives below.

Altice USA sponsored the annual Black History Knowledge Bowl in Tyler
Members of the company’s Black Employee Affinity Network (BEAN) joined community members in a trivia-style challenge to test their knowledge of black history. Suddenlink was proud to participate in this celebration of diversity and bring messaging about black innovators and STEM careers to students throughout Texas and the nation.

C-SPAN partners with Altice USA on Texas visit
C-SPAN partnered with Suddenlink in Bryan-College Station for its next national spotlight as a part of the “Cities Tour” series. The Tour was welcomed by both Mayors Karl Mooney of College Station and Andrew Nelson of Bryan and local leadership at the George H.W. Bush Library and Museum, where the community celebrated the opportunity for Bryan-College Station to share its rich history. While in town, C-SPAN recorded segments that will air April 18-19 featuring local notable landmarks, interviews with historians, and a dive into the rich tradition of Texas A&M.

Sparklight and Hallmark Channel team up for shelter pets

Sparklight has joined forces with Hallmark Channel to help local shelter animals find forever homes of their own at special adoption events being held this month in cities including Sherman and Aransas Pass in Texas. Sparklight will donate $1,000 to each rescue organization sponsoring an event as well as cover adoption fees for a number of pets at each event. Read more.

Sparklight feeds firefighters

When Sparklight called the City of Odessa Fire Department recently, it wasn’t to report an emergency – it was to offer up a taco bar. Sparklight’s Odessa team had leftover food from a launch party and offered it to a local fire station, which quickly arrived in a fire truck to pick up the unexpected feast. “It was so rewarding to be able to thank our first responders with a meal, courtesy of Sparklight,” said Sally Gore, Sparklight’s customer service manager in Odessa.

Charter makes $10 million commitment and launches Spectrum Community Investment Loan Fund

 Charter Communications, Inc. recently announced the creation of the Spectrum Community Investment Loan Fund. The Loan Fund focuses on making loans through community development financial institutions (CDFIs) to small businesses whose goods and services help meet core needs in underserved communities within Charter’s 41-state operating footprint. Texas received one of Charter’s first two investments – $1 million in PeopleFund, a CDFI based in Texas. Read more.

Charter Communications celebrates the launch of Spectrum services in Springtown
Charter Communications, Inc. joined State Rep. Phil King, Mayor Greg Hood, Springtown officials, business owners and residents on Feb. 18 at the Springtown Senior Center to celebrate the completed launch and availability of the full suite of Spectrum residential and commercial services in Springtown. Spectrum is now delivering advanced services to the town, offering TV, internet, home phone and mobile services in the area. Read more.

Comcast leaders discuss Women’s History Month and life as a woman in technology
 March is Women’s History Month, and Comcast is using this opportunity to celebrate a few women leaders in the company, by sharing their views about the role of women in technology. Learn what it’s like to be a woman in the technology industry, their life’s motto, and their favorite part about their job. Read more.

Comcast and Smithsonian Channel hosted advanced screening for Black History Month special
Comcast in partnership with the Smithsonian Channel hosted an advanced screening of “Black in Space: Breaking the Color Barrier” at the Houston Museum of Natural Science in Hermann Park. The event was attended by close to 500 community leaders, partners, parents and students. The evening kicked off with a reception in the Grand Hall, followed by the screening and panel discussion moderated by Mia Gradney of KHOU Channel 11 News. Gradney was joined by producer and director Laurens Grant, astronaut candidate Captain Edward Dwight, and curator for the department of space history at the National Air and Space Museum Dr. Cathleen Lewis. Read more.

Comcast partners with City of Houston Mayor Turner to celebrate Black History Month
In celebration of Black History Month, Comcast announced it partnered once again with Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner to honor community volunteers at the third annual Mayor’s History Makers Awards. Held at the Post Oak Hotel, the honorees will be recognized for their commitment to making a difference in the community through volunteerism, mentorship, advocacy and civic engagement. In addition to being recognized, Comcast will also donate $1,000 to the nonprofit organization of the honoree’s choice. Read more.