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The Emporia Gazette

Bloom House Youth Services, a nonprofit organization serving at-risk and homeless youth, was recently awarded a $2,000 grant through ValuNet’s Charitible Giving Fund.

The grant will help equip the youth shelter’s resource room with needed Internet access.

“We’re excited that Emporia’s only Basic Center Program Shelter opened in January and we can offer shelter and much-needed services to homeless and runaway youth under 18. With this grant from ValuNet Fiber, we’re able to equip our Resource Room to further help service at-risk and homeless youth,” said Clara Corn, Bloom House Youth Services President. “This new Resource Room will be a space where youth who have dropped out of school can attend online classes, learn how to create a resumé and apply for jobs online, as well as learn typing and other skills.”

The Charitable Giving Fund annually awards more than $200,000 in grants to local 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations served by ValuNet Fiber and the other Cable One family of brands (Sparklight, Fidelity Communications, and Hargray), and concentrates support in the following priority areas:

  • Education and Digital Literacy
  • Food Insecurity
  • Community Development

Nonprofit organizations will have the opportunity to apply for a grant during open application periods each spring and fall. Applications for spring 2022 grants will open between April 1 - 30.

“Through our philanthropic initiatives and support of our local nonprofit organizations, we are helping to build strong and vibrant communities, improve quality of life, and make a positive difference in the cities and towns where we live and work,” said Julie Laulis, Cable One President and CEO.

The Charitable Giving Fund is an extension of the company’s existing corporate social responsibility efforts, which include:

F Chromebooks for Kids, an initiative in which the company donates Chromebooks to Title I schools across its footprint. To date, the company has donated more than 2,000 Chromebooks to help bridge the digital divide in schools that lack funding.

F Supporting national organizations dedicated to advancing racial equality, justice, education and diversity, including the Equal Justice Initiative, the Emma Bowen Foundation and the National Diversity Council.

F Supporting the mission of Special Olympics Arizona, which provides year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports, as well as health, arts, and leadership and advocacy programs for children and adults with intellectual disabilities.

F Planting trees through the Arbor Day Foundation on behalf of customers who switch to paperless billing. To date, the company has planted 120,000 trees in its markets and national forests.

F Supporting the mission of Keep America Beautiful in cleaning up and beautifying communities across the U.S.

Through this program, the company awarded more than $100,000 in grants during the winter of 2021 to 32 nonprofit organizations across its 24-state footprint.

For more information about ValuNet’s Charitable Giving Fund, visit www.myvalunet.com/charitablegiving.

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