All three homes had new smoke and carbon monoxide detectors installed and fire extinguishers were given to the owners by Spectrum.
100 Spectrum employees volunteered in Los Angeles on September 7, to support Charter Communications, Inc.’s national philanthropic initiative, Spectrum Housing Assist. Helping others is rooted in Spectrum’s commitment to improve 50,000 homes in the communities we live in and serve by 2020.
Spectrum partnered with Rebuilding Together to provide critical home repairs to three low-income homeowners. In Los Angeles, Spectrum and Rebuilding Together brought the mission of safe and healthy homes to Odulio, who has been a truck driver for 20 years and provides for his family in the United States and sisters living in Mexico. His home got a new roof, floors, windows and kitchen counter installed. Volunteers painted the exterior of his family’s home and improved the yard.
Spectrum volunteers also worked at the Cortez family home. Due to limited income, the family hasn’t been able to address the dire repairs needed in their home. Powered by Spectrum’s financial support and the expertise of Rebuilding Together, Spectrum employee volunteers provided interior and exterior repairs, which included fixing plumbing problems, installing a new handrail and windows, as well as painting the home and additional renovations.
The third home, owned by the Hernandez family, was built in the late 1800s. Volunteers painted the interior and exterior of the home, removed and replaced the carpet and installed new handrails.
“At Spectrum, our technicians serve thousands of customers in their homes every day, and through Spectrum Housing Assist, we can serve the community by helping make our neighbors’ homes even safer and healthier,” said Deborah Picciolo, Spectrum’s West Region Senior Vice President. “Our employees are happy to join the Rebuilding Together team to make a long-lasting impact in our community.”
Spectrum also hosted the second annual, “Spectrum Community Impact Day” in the West region at the Children’s Bureau of Southern California. The public was invited to attend this community resource fair which featured more than a dozen non-profit partners and a mentoring session for the community’s teenage residents. Spectrum News anchor Melvin Robert hosted the youth mentoring session.
Spectrum volunteers were onsite and distributed more than 250 Safe and Healthy Home Kits to local community members. The free kits contained a weather alert radio, first aid kit, carbon monoxide tester, smoke alarm, cleaning wipes, weather stripping, and much more.
Senator Holly J. Mitchell, Senate District 30, Reggie Jones-Sawyer, State Assemblymember District 59, Lizeth Zardeneta, District Representative of State Assemblyman Miguel Santiago’s office, and Monica Garcia, Los Angeles Unified School District Board Member appeared and presented opening remarks.
Celebrities who appeared included Spectrum SportsNet host, Chris McGee, singer songwriter, Thomas Augusto, L.A.’s Finest actor, Ryan McPartlin, freestyle rapper, Harry Mack, social media influencers, Kendall Kyndall and KevOnStage.
Since its inception, Spectrum Housing Assist has helped improve more than 33,000 homes.
To learn more about Spectrum Housing Assist, visit communityimpact.spectrum.com.