WATERVILLE, ME – Spectrum today announced the Kennebec Valley Community Action Program has received $50,000 through Spectrum Community Assist, the company’s, five-year,
$30 million philanthropic initiative to revitalize local community centers and invest in job training programs in rural and urban underserved communities where Spectrum operates.
Spectrum will kick-off the partnership on August 6 at 8:00 a.m. with a revitalization event at the center located at 101 Water Street in Waterville, where employees and community volunteers will provide repairs and other physical improvements to the facility. Attending the opening ceremony is Waterville Mayor Joe Coelho, State Representative Bruce White and Senator Scott Cyrway.
“Community centers like the Kennebec Valley Community Action Program are hallmarks of our
neighborhoods, where people go for support, shared experiences and develop new job skills or find new employment,” said Rahman Khan, Vice President of Community Impact for Charter Communications, Inc., which operates the Spectrum brand of Internet, TV, Mobile and Voice products. “Through our partnership, Spectrum Community Assist will help the Kennebec Valley Community Action Program provide essential employment training and resources to help the greater Waterville area with a safe and revitalized physical space.”
The Kennebec Valley Community Action Program will receive $50,000 to be used to develop a job skills training program and facility improvement as Spectrum employee volunteers will spend the day landscaping, painting, and other interior and exterior projects. Additionally, because broadband is a critical component of a community center’s infrastructure, Spectrum will offer the Kennebec Valley Community Action Program its 1 Gig service, at no charge, for the life of the program.
Additionally, Spectrum will donate 25 new laptops to support the organization’s training and technology programs. The Kennebec Valley Community Action Program will also be dedicating their updated training and technology room with the Spectrum name.
”KVCAP is so thankful and honored to have been selected by Charter Communications as a partner in their Spectrum Community Assist initiative. This will help us to further our mission to strengthen individuals, families and communities,” said Suzanne Walsh, Chief Executive Officer, Kennebec Valley Community Action Program. “Their generous donation of funding as well as providing volunteers to beautify our center is a game changer. It makes a huge impact on what we can do to help those in need get the workforce supports that are critical to their success. Spectrum is definitely a corporate leader in our community.”
Spectrum launched Spectrum Community Assist in September 2021 to benefit local organizations providing critical community services and job training skills in underserved cities and towns across the company’s 41-state footprint. 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 Assist is available here.