The Charitable Giving Fund, which annually awards nearly $250,000 in grants to local 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations served by the Cable One family of brands (Sparklight®, Fidelity Communications, Hargray, ValuNet Fiber and CableAmerica), concentrates support in the following priority areas:
- Education and Digital Literacy
- Food Insecurity
- Community Development
“We are committed to helping strengthen the cities and towns where we live and work by giving back to the local nonprofits who do so much to support our communities,” said Julie Laulis, Cable One President and CEO. “This is especially critical in difficult economic times like these when individuals and families may be struggling to put food on the table.”
Twenty-nine nonprofit organizations received grants during Cable One’s most recent award period, including Back Bay Mission in Biloxi, Miss. and the Valley House Homeless Shelter in Twin Falls, Idaho.
A source of hope and help for thousands of children, adults and families experiencing homelessness or poverty along the Mississippi Gulf Coast since 1922, Back Bay Mission received a grant for emergency assistance and its food pantry.
“We are very grateful for the grant we received from Sparklight for our emergency assistance and client choice food pantry at Back Bay Mission,” said Rev. James Pennington, Back Bay Mission Executive Director. “We have seen a 100 percent increase in individuals and families seeking assistance with their utility bills and rent over the past year. We have also seen the same increase in our client choice food pantry. At this time when inflation is at an all-time high and salaries are stagnant, many Gulf Coast Mississippi families are in critical need of help and Sparklight has responded and helped Back Bay Mission meet those needs. These resources have helped people keep and maintain their housing so that they do not become homeless.”
The Valley House Homeless Shelter, an emergency housing shelter and food bank, received a grant to provide food boxes, each feeding a family of four for one week, to residences who are experiencing food insecurity. Valley House Homeless Shelter provides approximately 55 food boxes a week to those in need.
“With the assistance of the Sparklight grant, the shelter was able to purchase shelf-stable food that ensured we had food bags for 200 families with food insecurities here in the Magic Valley. We are incredibly thankful for the community partner Sparklight is!” said Kim Spiers, Valley House Homeless Shelter Assistant Director.
Nonprofit organizations have the opportunity to apply for a grant during open application periods each spring and fall. Applications for fall 2022 grants will open between October 1 – 31, 2022.
The Charitable Giving Fund is an extension of the company’s existing corporate social responsibility efforts, which include:
- Chromebooks for Kids, an initiative in which the company donates Chromebooks to Title I schools across its footprint. To date the company has donated more than 2,600 Chromebooks to help bridge the digital divide in schools that lack funding.
- Supporting national organizations dedicated to advancing education and diversity, including the Emma Bowen Foundation and the National Diversity Council.
- Supporting the mission of Special Olympics, which provides year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports, as well as health, arts, and leadership and advocacy programs for children and adults with intellectual disabilities.
- Planting trees through the Arbor Day Foundation on behalf of customers who switch to paperless billing. By the end of 2022, the company will have planted 120,000 trees in its markets and national forests.
- Supporting the mission of Keep America Beautiful in cleaning up and beautifying communities across the U.S.
- Raising funds for Feed My Starving Children to make a difference in the lives of hungry kids around the world.
For more information about the Cable One Charitable Giving Fund, visit www.sparklight.com/charitablegiving.