Sparklight® Awards $3,750 Grant to Gulfport Nonprofit, United Way of South Mississippi

Sparklight®, a member of the Cable One family of brands, recently awarded a $3,750 grant to United Way of South Mississippi through the company’s Charitable Giving Fund. Through this program, the company awarded more than $100,000 in grants during the winter of 2021 to 32 nonprofit organizations across its 24-state footprint.

United Way of South Mississippi, which works to improve the quality of life in South Mississippi by focusing on creating measurable outcomes in the areas of education, health and financial stability, received a grant from Sparklight to expand its Weekend Backpack Feeding Program to more students in need.  

“The Weekend Feeding Program benefits the entire community by increasing food access for children in low-income communities and strengthening children physically, cognitively, socially, and emotionally,” said Julie Schmidt, United Way of South Mississippi Director of Community Impact and Education. “This initiative helps alleviate child hunger by providing children with nutritious and easy-to-prepare food at times when other resources are not available, such as weekends and school closures. Funding from this grant will allow us to enroll additional students into our program this semester and help us eliminate food insecurity for families in South Mississippi.”

The Charitable Giving Fund annually awards more than $200,000 in grants to local 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations served by Sparklight and the other Cable One family of brands (Fidelity Communications, ValuNet Fiber, and Hargray), and 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 spring 2022 grants will open between April 1 -30, 2022.

“Through our philanthropic initiatives and support of our local nonprofit organizations, we are helping to build strong and vibrant communities, improve quality of life, and make a positive difference in the cities and towns 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 2,000 Chromebooks to help bridge the digital divide in schools that lack funding.
  • Supporting national organizations dedicated to advancing racial equality, justice, education and diversity, including the Equal Justice Initiative, the Emma Bowen Foundation and the National Diversity Council.  
  • 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. To date, the company has 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. 

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