Additional $50,000 donation will further enhance job skills training programs, extend community impact
Spectrum and Better Family Life gathered recently to highlight the impact of their Spectrum Community Center Assist partnership, which provided job training to more than 120 program participants, with more than 80 recipients getting local job placement in the past six months.
In celebration of the progress, Spectrum announced Better Family Life will receive an additional $50,000 through the company’s five-year, $30 million philanthropic initiative to revitalize local community centers and invest in job training programs in rural and urban communities.
Spectrum launched Spectrum Community Center Assist in September 2021 in St. Louis with Better Family Life. The program benefits local organizations providing critical community services and job training skills in underserved cities and towns across the company’s 41-state footprint.
“We’re already seeing the benefits to both career seekers and local employers from this partnership and we’re eager to build on that success,” said Rahman Khan, vice president of Community Impact for Charter Communications, Inc., which operates the Spectrum brand of Internet, TV, Mobile and Voice products. “By continuing our partnership into a second year, Spectrum Community Center Assist will help Better Family life provide even more essential employment training and resources to help the greater St. Louis area.”
Better Family Life will receive $50,000 to be used to support its job training program, bringing the total Spectrum investment to $100,000. It is also receiving complimentary gigabit broadband service from Spectrum as part of the partnership, which is a vital part of the community center in everything from day-to-day operations to workforce classes and other programs at the facility. Spectrum donated new laptops and a Smartboard last year to support the organization’s training and technology programs, and Better Family Life dedicated its updated training and technology room with the Spectrum name.
“Our partnership with Spectrum Community Center Assist helps us even further our mission is to build strong families and vibrant communities by providing hope, comprehensive services and meaningful opportunities,” said Darryl Grimes, CEO. “We are incredibly grateful for the continued support from Spectrum to help us better serve the community. The impact will be felt through our job training and workforce development programs, in addition to our organization as a whole.”
By 2025, Spectrum will invest $25 million, plus $5 million of in-kind contributions, to improve 100 community centers serving an estimated 50,000 local residents. More information about Spectrum Community Center Assist is available here.