Spectrum Awards $7,500 to Family Promise of Waukesha County
WAUKESHA, Wis. (July 28, 2021) — Spectrum today announced a donation of $7,500 to Family Promise of Waukesha County, as part of the company’s national community philanthropic program, Spectrum Employee Community Grants, part of a $1 million programming commitment through year-end 2021.
The funding will be used in the Family Homelessness Prevention Program to assist families who are in financial distress, helping them remain in their homes by providing rent, mortgage, utility and transportation assistance.
“Losing one’s home is a traumatic experience,” said Joe Nettesheim, Executive Director of Family Promise Waukesha. “Homelessness impacts a family psychologically, emotionally and financially and the generous donation from Spectrum will allow Family Promise of Waukesha County to help families avoid the chaos of homelessness and strengthen our community for generations to come.”
Spectrum Employee Community Grants has provided funding to more than 250 local nonprofits in 30 states throughout the company’s service area since its inception in July 2019.
“Through Spectrum Employee Community Grants, we’re proud to provide support to vital community organizations with which our local employees are already volunteering their time and talent,” said Melissa Morris, Area Vice President of Field Operations in Wisconsin. “Together, we’re building stronger communities where our customers and employees live and work across America.”
Recipients deliver critical social services, helping underserved residents meet basic needs, including food, shelter, clothing, job training and neighborhood safety. Each awardee is nominated by one of the company’s 96,000 U.S. employees who has volunteered with the organization for at least one year.
Spectrum Employee Community Grants are one of several philanthropic programs at Charter Communications, Inc. — which operates the Spectrum brand — developed to support communities where the company provides service and where its employees live and work.
“Family Promise of Waukesha County is an example of how the unwavering focus of a nonprofit can immensely impact the lives of people,” said Senator Chris Kapenga. “The donation from Spectrum to Family Promise of Waukesha County will help families to retain their dignity and independence as they live through a difficult circumstance of homelessness and journey to a better future.”
Key Spectrum Community Impact Initiatives
Spectrum surpassed its multiyear commitment to award $6 million in cash and in-kind donations to support broadband education through Spectrum Digital Education, which have benefited more than 56,000 people across 17 states and Washington, D.C., since 2017.
Charter has committed $22 million to assist minority-owned businesses within its footprint. In 2020, Charter launched the Spectrum Community Investment Loan Fund to invest in community development financial institutions (CDFIs), and with national partners like National Action Network and the National Urban League, to provide low-cost loans to diverse-owned small businesses whose goods and services help meet core needs in underserved communities.
In the spring of 2020, 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 connect them with potential internship opportunities at Charter.
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