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Charter Communications, Inc. (NASDAQ: CHTR) today announced a diverse community impact program that will invest an additional $100,000 to support the City of Milwaukee and its residents through a series of activities and events with Milwaukee nonprofits in advance of the 2020 Democratic National Convention.
“In less than a week, all eyes will be on Milwaukee as we host the Democratic National Convention,” said Mayor Tom Barrett. “I am appreciative of Charter for partnering with local nonprofit organizations to provide services and virtual programming that will help improve the lives of many residents in our city.”
Charter’s $100,000 community impact support is part of a broader $1.4 million investment in conjunction with the 2020 Democratic National Convention (DNC). Charter will serve as a premier connectivity provider for the Convention and has built and upgraded the broadband infrastructure in downtown Milwaukee to serve the Wisconsin Convention Center, Panther Arena and Miller High Life Theater, much of which will remain in place post-Convention. Charter committed to a similar investment for the 2020 Republican National Convention in Charlotte, N.C.
Charter’s community impact events celebrate Milwaukee and its role as the host city for the 2020 DNC. Community organizations to be highlighted include: Sojourner Family Peace Center, YWCA of Southeast Wisconsin, Benedict Center, Milwaukee Urban League, Milwaukee Public Schools, Revitalize Milwaukee and other area nonprofits.
The community impact events series will include diverse activities and charitable contributions totaling more than $100,000, including the distribution of 500 Spectrum Safe & Healthy Home Kits. These kits feature easy-to-install and -use products to help make homes safer and healthier, such as a smoke alarm, first-aid kit, carbon monoxide tester, weather stripping, cleaning supplies and more, and will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. Events, whether virtual or in person, are being orchestrated with participating organizations to provide community service and support while adhering to CDC guidelines for safe public engagement during this pandemic.
“Milwaukee is a special city that many of our employees call home,” said Gary Underwood, Charter’s Vice President of State Government Affairs. “We felt the best way to give back was to build on our longstanding community presence through a special program that honors the DNC host city providing resources and support to several nonprofit organizations to help further their good work.”
Charter, which provides broadband, video, mobile and voice services under the Spectrum brand, is committed to improving communities and impacting lives where its customers and employees live and work. Highlights from Charter’s weeklong community impact program include:
YWCA of Southeast Wisconsin, Aug. 10, 1-3 p.m., 1915 N. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive
Charter will distribute 150 Safe & Healthy Home Kits to clients of the YWCA along with a charitable contribution of $5,000 to support the organization’s Adult Education Program. The YWCA of Southeast Wisconsin offers programs and services for women and their families in an effort to eliminate barriers that perpetuate racial injustice, promote economic empowerment, and health and safety. The Safe & Healthy Home Kits will be onsite for outdoor distribution to area residents.
Benedict Center, Aug. 12, 10 a.m.-noon, 1849 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive
Charter will partner with Benedict Center to distribute 150 Safe & Healthy Home Kits. Charter will also award a $2,500 charitable contribution to Benedict Center, a nonprofit that provides support services to women involved in the criminal justice system to enrich their and their families’ lives. The Safe & Healthy Home Kits will be onsite for outdoor distribution to area residents.
Milwaukee Urban League and Milwaukee Public Schools, Aug. 13, 1-2:15 p.m., Virtual Event
Charter will partner with the Milwaukee Urban League and Milwaukee Public Schools to host a virtual event focused on empowering youth through technology.State Rep. Kalan Haywood will join the event as a special guest. Resources discussed during this virtual event will include gaining digital access for young people and sharing ways to use social media platforms safely.
Charter also will present a charitable contribution to the Milwaukee Urban League of $5,000 and create opportunities for them to run public service announcements on Spectrum TV. Charter has a history of supporting the Milwaukee Urban League, which is dedicated to providing direct services, research and advocacy in order for African Americans to create wealth and live a better quality of life. The League promotes economic empowerment through education, job and workforce development, and civic engagement, and youth-centered programs are the cornerstone of their work.
‘Connecting the Community through PSAs’ Day
Working with Spectrum Reach, the company’s advertising and media unit, Charter will host a day in Milwaukee for area nonprofit organizations to record 30-second public service announcements (PSAs) that will air on Spectrum TV, as in-kind contribution. PSA messages from diverse organizations will focus on informing Milwaukee residents of resources available in their community or notify them of upcoming events hosted by these organizations.
Sojourner Family Peace Center, Aug. 14, 8:30 -10 a.m., 619 W. Walnut Street
Charter will distribute 200 Safe & Healthy Home Kit kits at the Sojourner Family Peace Center along with a $2,500 cash donation. The Sojourner Family Peace Center is the largest nonprofit organization in Wisconsin providing domestic violence and intervention services.
Revitalize Milwaukee, Aug. 15, Revitalize Milwaukee
Charter will sponsor Revitalize Milwaukee’s Annual Block Build Program, a community event held
Aug. 14-15 where volunteers work together to revitalize and stabilize vulnerable neighborhoods. This year’s project will make repairs at 15 homes in the Clarke Square neighborhood. Charter’s program sponsorship of $12,000 will support Revitalize Milwaukee’s event and help preserve affordable housing and in Milwaukee and Waukesha counties.