Blog August 21, 2020

Supporting Milwaukee and the 2020 Democratic National Convention

While the 2020 Democratic National Convention looked much different than in previous years, one thing remains unchanged: Charter’s commitment to the host city of Milwaukee and its residents.

As a premier connectivity partner of the convention, Charter built and upgraded the broadband infrastructure in downtown Milwaukee, much of which will remain in place post-Convention. It’s part of a $1.4 million investment from Charter to show its support for the DNC and its host city of Milwaukee. Charter committed to a similar investment for the 2020 Republican National Convention in Charlotte, NC.

In the days leading up to the DNC, Charter has been proud to sponsor and coordinate a series of community impact events featuring Milwaukee-area nonprofits:

  • YWCA of Southeast Wisconsin: The YWCA of Southeast Wisconsin offers programs and services for women and their families in an effort to eliminate barriers that perpetuate racial injustice and promote economic empowerment, health and safety. Charter made a charitable contribution of $5,000 to support the organization’s Adult Education Program in addition to sponsoring an outdoor distribution of Safe & Healthy Home kits. These kits feature easy-to-install-and-use products to help make homes safer and healthier, such as a smoke alarm, first-aid kit, carbon monoxide tester, weather stripping, cleaning supplies, and more.
  • Benedict Center: Charter partnered with the Benedict Center to distribute Safe & Healthy Home kits and also awarded the Center a $2,500 charitable The Benedict Center provides support services to women involved in the criminal justice system to enrich their lives and those of their families.
  • Milwaukee Urban League and Milwaukee Public Schools: We cohosted a virtual event with the Milwaukee Urban League and Milwaukee Public Schools, featuring Rep. Kalan Haywood, focused on empowering youth through technology. Charter is proud of our longstanding support for the Milwaukee Urban League, which is dedicated to providing direct services, research and advocacy in order for African Americans to create wealth and live a better quality of life. Charter also presented a charitable contribution of $5,000 to the Milwaukee Urban League and will work with them to run future public service announcements on Spectrum TV.
  • Sojourner Family Peace Center: Charter donated $2,500 to the Sojourner Family Peace Center, the largest nonprofit organization in Wisconsin providing domestic violence and intervention services. Charter also worked with the Sojourner Family Peace Center to distribute 200 Safe & Healthy Home kits.
  • Revitalize Milwaukee: Charter will sponsor Revitalize Milwaukee’s Annual Block Build Program, a community event where volunteers work together to revitalize and stabilize vulnerable neighborhoods. This year’s project will make repairs at 15 homes in the Clarke Square neighborhood. Charter’s program sponsorship of $12,000 will support Revitalize Milwaukee’s event and help preserve affordable housing and in Milwaukee and Waukesha counties.

‘Connecting the Community through PSAs’ Day
Charter also hosted a day for area non-profit organizations to record 30-second public service announcements that will air on Spectrum TV, as in-kind contributions. These messages from diverse organizations will focus on informing Milwaukee residents of resources available in their community or notify them of upcoming events hosted by these organizations.

Spectrum Networks’ Comprehensive, Cross-Platform Coverage

Spectrum Networks will provide comprehensive, cross-platform coverage of the Democratic National Convention August 17 through August 20, and the Republican National Convention August 24 through August 27. Leveraging its 30 plus linear news networks and the Spectrum News App, a new digital news platform, Spectrum News will provide a robust lineup of objective and exclusive programming to highlight the issues from the national political stage that are most relevant to local communities.

Investing in Wisconsin

Charter serves more than 1.4 million customers and employs nearly 4,000 in Wisconsin, and our commitments to supporting non-profits who provide vital services to Milwaukee are investments in the futures of our customers and employees.

“Milwaukee is a special city that many of our customers and employees call home. We felt the best way to give back was to build on our longstanding community presence through a special program that honors the DNC host city providing resources and support to several nonprofit organizations to help further their good work.”
– Gary Underwood, Vice President of State Government Affairs