Charter is a leading broadband communications company and the second largest cable operator in the United States. Charter provides a full range of advanced broadband services, including phone, video entertainment programming and high speed Internet access. Its business segment provides services such as business-to-business Internet access, data networking, business telephone, video and music entertainment services, and wireless backhaul. All told, it has about 26 million residential and business customers in 41 states. In 2016 the company posted sales of $29 billion and employed about 91,500 workers.
Charter’s corporate giving program is dubbed Spectrum Housing Assist, which is focused on providing education, resources and financial support to ensure more Americans are able to live in safe and healthy homes. The program has a goal of improving 25,000 unsafe and unhealthy homes across Charter’s service footprint by 2020.
The company provides a mix of cash and employee volunteer support, working with several nonprofit partners throughout the country, including:
- Rebuilding Together. Rebuilding Together strengthens the lives of vulnerable communities by providing low-income homeowners with critical home repairs, accessibility modifications and energy-efficient upgrades. Spectrum Housing Assist and Rebuilding Together partner on home renovations, homeowner education initiatives and distribution of needed home health and safety supports.
- The American Red Cross. The American Red Cross prevents and alleviates human suffering in the face of emergencies by mobilizing the power of volunteers and the generosity of donors. Spectrum Housing Assist and the American Red Cross are partnering to improve 400 homes in eight cities nationwide via the Red Cross Home Fire Campaign, which aims to reduce fire-related deaths and injuries in the US by 25 percent by 2020 through a combination of education, community outreach and smoke alarm installation programs.
- Life Line Chaplaincy. Life Line Chaplaincy is focused on helping first responders cope with the crises they face. Founded by Rev. John Revell, a chaplain for the Stamford, Conn., Police Department, Life Line Chaplaincy has developed the Building Community initiative to strengthen relationships between neighborhoods and law enforcement officers through local home repair projects. Since 2015, Spectrum and Life Line Chaplaincy have partnered to improve homes in Stamford. In 2017 the partnership was scaled into a nationwide pilot, working with four police departments across the country.
- Christmas in Action. Christmas in Action works to preserve and revitalize houses and communities – assuring that low-income elderly and disabled homeowners live with independence in safe homes. Spectrum Housing Assist has partnered with Christmas in Action to improve homes in the Southeast region of the United States. In 2017, the company worked with the Christmas in Action Spartanburg affiliate to improve the lives of homeowners in South Carolina.
- Project Home. Project Home provides weatherization and home repairs to income-eligible residences in Wisconsin’s Dane and Green Counties. Spectrum Housing Assist has in the past partnered with Project Home through its Hammer with a Heart program, providing home repairs and maintenance to homeowners in Dane County. In 2017, the company worked with Project Home to improve homes in Madison, Wis.
- Better Family Life. Better Family Life works to establish social, cultural, artistic, youth, economic, housing and educational programs that help promote positive and innovative changes in the lives of individuals and their families. Spectrum partners with Better Family Life to provide resources and community outreach to support its mission of building trust and improving communities in St. Louis, Mo.
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