Cable joins the rest of the nation on Veterans Day to give a well-deserved salute to our nation’s former military service men and women. For the 13 th year, cable companies in Texas will partner with cable channel HISTORY to honor veterans and bring history to life for students at schools across the state as part of the cable programmer’s annual Take a Veteran to School initiative.

While cable participates in Veterans Day events, it is firmly committed to celebrating and supporting veterans every day, through hiring initiatives, training programs, providing low-cost broadband access, and more.
In cities and towns across Texas, local cable operators and their employees make their communities a better place to live. Cable companies not only make financial and in-kind donations to numerous civic and charitable organizations, but employees volunteer thousands of hours of their time each year. Check out the latest cable industry community initiatives below.
Spectrum Hosts First Community Impact Day in Austin

More than 80 Spectrum employee volunteers were in Austin on Nov. 1 to help celebrate Spectrum’s Community Impact Day, the first of its kind in Austin. As part of the day, volunteers will support Charter Communications, Inc.’s national philanthropic initiative, Spectrum Housing Assist. Helping others is rooted in our commitment to improve 50,000 homes in the communities we live in and serve by 2020. Read more
Spectrum Internet® Launches in George West

Charter Communications, Inc. on Oct. 23 announced that following an all-digital upgrade of its network, the company has launched Spectrum Internet offerings for residential and business customers in George West, Texas. “Our investment brings a whole new world of digital access and opportunity to this rural community,” said John Owen, regional vice president for Spectrum’s Texas region. “Upgrading the Spectrum footprint to a two-way, interactive digital service, gives residents and businesses the tools they need to succeed in today’s economy.” Read more .
Comcast and Hallmark Channel Team Up with BARC for Local Adoption Event 

Comcast recently teamed up with Hallmark Channel’s Adoption Ever After pet adoption initiative to help Houston-area shelter pets find forever homes. This “one-of-a-kind” adoption event took place Oct. 12 at the XFINITY Store on S. Mason Rd. The crowd gathered early to get a glimpse of their new fur besties and take pictures with local Hero Dog, Gus, who was there for a meet-and-greet opportunity. BARC Animal Shelter brought its #BARCMobile filled with cute adoptable pets and left with several of them being placed in new homes. Read more .
Ralph Martinez and Comcast Recognized with 2019 Illumine Award for Corporate Citizenship 

The 2019 Illumine Gala benefiting AAMA (the Association for the Advancement of Mexican Americans) was held Oct. 25 in a packed Houston ballroom of nearly 320 guests. Comcast Regional Senior Vice President Ralph Martinez and Comcast were honored for their commitment to helping create a better future for students and families in the community. Read more .
Sparklight to host electronic recycling event on Nov. 15 in Aransas Pass

Sparklight has partnered with Keep America Beautiful to host a free electronic recycling event in Aransas Pass on Friday, Nov. 15, as part of America Recycles Day. Items will be accepted from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Sparklight office at 1045 S. Commercial St. in Aransas Pass, Texas.

“We are committed to caring for our communities here on the Texas Coast, and given the nature of our business, we understand the importance of finding safe and environmentally friendly ways to dispose of used and outdated electronics,” said Sparklight’s Texas Coast General Manager Juli Blanda. “We are excited to be able to offer this recycling option for residents in our region.” Read more .
Sparklight Chromebook donation improves technology access in Title 1 schools

Students at five schools, including Texas Middle School in Texarkana, Texas, Northside Elementary School in El Campo, Texas, are equipped with new Chromebooks this school year as the result of a Sparklight initiative designed to improve student access to technology in Title I schools.

“Chromebooks offer more to schools and students than access to online resources,” saidNorthside Elementary School Principal Rebecca Crowell. “They help engage students with interactive lessons and prepare them for an increasingly digital workforce. Computer literacy is an integral component of any student’s learning plan. By providing students with access to the greatest learning tool ever invented–the Internet–they gain unprecedented access to resources and information.” Read more .