Spectrum announced the Boys & Girls Clubs in Tennessee, including the Boys & Girls Club of Morristown, has received a $25,000 Spectrum Digital Education Grant for the Digital Connect Program, as part of the company’s multiyear, $6 million cash and in-kind national commitment to digital education in Spectrum communities across the country.
The Morristown club received $6,250 to be used for iPads and related equipment.
Spectrum 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 the Boys & Girls Clubs in Tennessee for being instrumental in helping us provide support for digital education in Tennessee,” 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 the Boys & Girls Clubs we can continue to provide those in need with the resources to navigate the challenges of the digital age.”
In addition, to Morristown, recipient clubs are located across the state in Lenoir City, Columbia and Jackson.
“I sincerely thank Spectrum for their investment in our Digital Connect Program,” said T. Ryan Hughes, executive director, Boys & Girls Clubs in Tennessee. “This grant allows us to purchase new technology and equipment that support virtual learning and academics for more than 150 youth. The program will also engage family members that need access to work on resumes, apply for jobs, or gain jobs skills and who may not have access to a computer outside one of our clubs.”
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 organizations that 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 nearly 45,000 homes to date and is on track to meet its goal of improving 50,000 homes by the end of 2020.
Charter’s Spectrum 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 services 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 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, as well as connecting them with potential internship opportunities at Charter.