Astound Broadband enters pact with Habitat for Humanity

April 3, 2024
The new partnership will support Habit for Humanity’s annual Home is the Key campaign.

Astound Broadband partners with Habitat for Humanity to support affordable homeownership in communities within Astound’s service footprint and beyond.

The service provider is donating more than $670,000 to Habitat for Humanity, which will support building homes and hosting over 40 employee volunteer events in the communities in which Astound serves. Astound’s collaboration will involve employee volunteers in every market in its footprint, including Chicago, Indiana, Eastern Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, New York City, Maryland, Washington, D.C., Texas, and regions throughout California, Oregon, and Washington.

This partnership comes as this month is Fair Housing Month and commemorates the passage of the 1968 Fair Housing Act. This landmark legislation prohibits discrimination on the sale, rental, and financing of housing based on race, religion, or nationality. As part of its partnership with Habitat, Astound will support the organization’s annual Home is the Key national campaign to help increase equitable access to homeownership and build inclusive communities across the U.S.

Astound’s support of Home is the Key will include two home-build events, which will occur on April 26th at 1435 Philip Street in Bethlehem, PA, and at 7200 S University Ave in Chicago, IL. Astound’s employee volunteers will work with local Habitat for Humanity affiliates and future homeowners at these events to help build their new homes.

Charlita Stephens-Walker, vice president of corporate and cause marketing partnerships at Habitat for Humanity International, said the “support of partners like Astound will further our efforts to make communities and access to homeownership more equitable and inclusive to all.”

Astound’s partnership with Habitat for Humanity is just one of many ways the provider is helping to serve the communities where it provides service through volunteerism, philanthropy, and financial support, all through the lens of diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Over the past several years, Astound has supported local and national nonprofit organizations that have significantly impacted Astound communities. In 2022, Astound distributed $1 million in separate grants to 30 local nonprofits in its service areas. In 2020, during the height of the pandemic, Astound and its customers donated $210,000 to Feeding America, supporting local food banks.

In 2021, Astound helped to build the first-in-the-nation high school fiber optic program at Peabody Veterans Memorial High School in Peabody, MA, where Astound donated all the equipment and labor. Through that partnership, Astound continues to provide paid internships to Peabody High School students seeking training in the fiber industry.

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