Sparklight Awards $7,500 to New Emergency Resource Agency Nonprofit

Ponca City Now - July 9, 2024 6:04 pm

– Ponca City, Okla. – Sparklight®, a leading broadband communications provider, recently awarded $7,500 to New Emergency Resource Agency (NERA) through the company’s Charitable Giving Fund. The agency was one of 26 nonprofits across the company’s 24-state footprint that received grants totaling more than $125,000 during the company’s most recent award period.

NERA partners with the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma to provide nutritional and educational resources to more than 200 households and 50 to 75 unhoused individuals in North Central Oklahoma every week.

“NERA is excited and thankful to Sparklight for the $7,500 grant,” said Community Engagement Coordinator Becca Hodgson. “The funds will be used to remove barriers for our unhoused population by providing shower and laundry vouchers, hygiene products and assistance with transportation to and from our facility. The Sparklight grant will also enable us to purchase a much-needed Automated External Defibrillator (AED), so our facility will be better prepared for a cardiac emergency.”

The Charitable Giving Fund, which annually awards $250,000 in grants to 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations in communities served by the Cable One family of brands (Sparklight®, Fidelity Communications, Hargray, ValuNet Fiber and CableAmerica), concentrates support in the following priority areas:

  1. Education and Digital Literacy
  2. Food Insecurity
  3. Community Development

Sparklight has a long history of supporting the communities it serves through donations of time and resources to food banks, animal shelters, senior and child advocacy programs and community beautification projects, to name a few. All associates are encouraged to use an annual “Angel Day” funded by the company to volunteer for a philanthropy of their choice.

Nonprofit organizations may apply for a Sparklight Charitable Giving Fund grant during open application periods each spring and fall. Applications for fall 2024 grants will be accepted October 1–31, 2024. For more information about the Sparklight Charitable Giving Fund, please visit www.sparklight.com/charitablegiving.

 

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