SPECTRUM ANNOUNCES $45,000 SPECTRUM DIGITAL EDUCATION GRANT FOR HISPANIC FEDERATION
For Immediate Release: July 21, 2023
CHARLOTTE, N.C. – July 20, 2023 – Spectrum today announced Hispanic Federation has received a $45,000 Spectrum Digital Education grant to fund the Spectrum Mobile Learning Lab. The mobile lab will be operated by Hispanic Federation (HF) partner agency, Salud Sin Fronteras. The grant is part of the broadband connectivity provider’s six-year, $8 million commitment to promote digital education and broadband technology in communities across the country.
Funding for the the mobile learning hub will allow Hispanic Federation and Salud Sin Fronteras to enhance their outreach by providing services such as digital education workshops, computer literacy training, access to telehealth, and other programs essential to the farmworker community in Eastern North Carolina.
A check presentation will take place on Friday, July 21 at 6:00 p.m. at Giovanni’s Bakery at 740 S Breazeale Ave, Mt. Olive.
“In our online world, digital skills are critical to navigating everything from finding a job, to going to school, to buying groceries – yet too many families still have not adopted internet at home,” said Rahman Khan, Group Vice President of Community Impact for Charter Communications, Inc., which operates the Spectrum brand of Internet, Mobile, TV and Voice services. “As one of the largest internet providers in the U.S., Spectrum is committed to supporting local initiatives like the mobile learning lab that promote digital literacy and inclusion and help educate to community members about the value of adopting broadband in their lives so they can succeed in today’s connected society.”
Additionally, for seasonal and migrant farmworkers in North Carolina, the mobile learning hub will help bridge the digital divide by providing Wi-Fi and computers – ensuring farmworkers the opportunity to stay connected with their children’s education and in the community for future employment opportunities.
“For decades, our jobs, schooling, daily lives, and so much more have increasingly relied on digital tools to connect us to the world around us,” said Frankie Miranda, President and CEO of Hispanic Federation. “Reliance on technology is more than just a trend, it is our future. New innovative tools that connect us to the internet are being created every single day. That’s why this mobile learning hub is so crucial. We’re bringing the internet and digital skills directly to growing rural Latino communities in convenient, easily accessible, and culturally competent ways to ensure they have the 21st century skills they need to thrive in our society and economy. At the same time, we’re reconnecting migrant and season farmworkers – who are often overlooked in this conversation - to their friends, families, and neighbors, helping create a more interconnected community in North Carolina. We thank Spectrum and Salud Sin Fronteras for working closely with us to bridge the digital divide in North Carolina and across the country.”
Hispanic Federation is one of 47 nonprofit organizations that Spectrum is supporting through its 2022 Spectrum Digital Education grant program. In all, the company will invest $1.1 million this year to support digital literacy in underserved rural and urban communities within Spectrum’s 41-state service area, including North Carolina. Spectrum launched the program in 2017, recognizing that education and digital literacy are as important as affordability relative to a household’s lack of broadband services. Excluding this year’s awards, Charter has funded 99 nonprofit organizations and more than 95,000 people in 22 states and Washington, D.C. through Spectrum Digital Education.
More information about Spectrum Digital Education and Charter’s philanthropic initiatives to support communities is available here.
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About Hispanic Federation
Hispanic Federation (HF) is a nonprofit membership and advocacy organization, founded in 1990, committed to empowering and advancing the Hispanic community, with a focus on low-income, marginalized and immigrant Latinos. With programs in 40 states, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands and the District of Columbia, HF’s focus areas include immigration, economic empowerment, civic engagement, disaster relief, philanthropy, education, health, and the environment. HF also maintains ongoing public education campaigns and meets the organizational development needs of its member agencies through grant-making and capacity-building assistance.