Sparklight® Awards $2,500 Grant to Columbus Nonprofit, Frank P. Phillips Memorial YMCA

Sparklight®, a member of the Cable One family of brands, recently awarded a $2,500 grant to Frank P. Phillips Memorial YMCA through the company’s Charitable Giving Fund, which launched in January 2021. Through this program, the company awarded more than $100,000 in grants earlier this summer to 30 nonprofit organizations across its 24-state footprint.

Frank P. Phillips Memorial YMCA, which provides a variety of health and fitness, camping, family, aquatics, arts and sports programs, received a grant from Sparklight to expand its Summer Kids Camp to families and kids living in low-income housing.

“Children who attend summer camp gain a sense of resiliency as they face new challenges and experiences. The YMCA provides an atmosphere and opportunities for our community’s youth to interact and make new friends, go on field trips together, develop empathy for one another, and so much more,” said Jimmy Woodruff, Executive Director of Frank P. Phillips Memorial YMCA. “This grant will allow us to have themed fun activities each week and keep our campers’ young minds active and engaged while also keeping their bodies active and challenged. Camp provides so many rich opportunities to learn social skills, conflict resolution, teamwork, as well as individual growth.”

The Charitable Giving Fund, which will annually award $200,000 in grants to local 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations served by Sparklight and the other Cable One family of brands (Fidelity Communications, Clearwave®, ValuNet Fiber and Hargray), concentrates support in the following priority areas:

  • Education and Digital Literacy
  • Food Insecurity
  • Community Development

Nonprofit organizations will have the opportunity to apply for a grant during open application periods each spring and fall. Applications for fall 2021 grants will open between October 1 – 31, 2021.

“Through our support of these nonprofit organizations, we are helping to build strong and vibrant communities, improve quality of life, and make a positive difference in the communities where we live and work,” said Julie Laulis, Cable One President and CEO.

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 1,500 Chromebooks to help bridge the digital divide in schools that lack funding.
  • Partnering with EmbraceRace, a national organization dedicated to creating tools, resources, and networks to promote a movement of child and adult racial justice advocates.
  • Supporting the mission of Special Olympics Arizona, 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 2021, the company will have planted 110,000 trees in its markets and national forests.
  • Supporting the mission of Keep America Beautiful in cleaning up and beautifying communities across the U.S.  

For more information about Sparklight’s Charitable Giving Fund, visit www.sparklight.com/charitablegiving.