Fidelity Communications Opens Applications for Charitable Giving Fund to Support Nonprofit Organizations

Applications are now open for the Fidelity Communications Charitable Giving Fund, which will annually award $200,000 in grants to 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations. 

“We are committed to connecting customers in the cities and towns we serve to what matters most,” said Julie Laulis, President and CEO. “Through our philanthropic initiatives and partnerships, we provide support for nonprofit organizations to build strong and vibrant communities, improve quality of life, and make a positive difference where we live and work.”

Grants will be made available across communities served by Fidelity and the other Cable One family of brands (Sparklight®, Clearwave® and ValuNet Fiber) and will concentrate support in the following priority areas:

  • Education and Digital Literacy
  • Hunger Relief and 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 2021 grants will be open between April 1, 2021 and April 30, 2021.

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

  • 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 1,500 Chromebooks to help bridge the digital divide in schools that lack funding.
  • Partnering with EmbraceRace, a national organization dedicated to creating tools, resources, and networks to promote a movement of child and adult racial justice advocates.
  • Supporting the mission of Special Olympics,  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. 
  • Planting trees through the Arbor Day Foundation on behalf of customers who switch to paperless billing. By the end of 2021, the company will have planted 110,000 trees in its markets and national forests.
  • Supporting the mission of Keep America Beautiful in cleaning up and beautifying communities across the U.S. 

Perhaps the most critical and impactful component of our efforts are those of our associates, who spend thousands of hours every year giving back to the cities and towns they call home,” Laulis said. “In keeping with our values – do right by those we serve, drive progress, and lend a hand – our associates give their time and talents to organizations working to make a positive change for those most in need.”

For more information about the Fidelity Communications Charitable Giving Fund, visit www.fidelitycommunications.com/charitablegiving.

Department of Natural Resources annual photo contest is now open.

The Missouri Department of Natural Resources is now accepting entries for its annual photo contest. Winning entries will be featured on the department’s social media platforms. The deadline to submit photos is Oct. 1.

Entries can include images from anywhere in Missouri, featuring beautiful natural resources, unique state parks and historic sites, natural phenomena, outdoor recreation, scenic landscapes, weather, wildlife, and people enjoying the outdoors.

Contestants for the Missouri Department of Nature Resources contest can submit entries in the following categories:

  • Natural Resources: Photographs of Missouri’s air, landscapes, and waterways.
  • Unique Places: Photographs taken within one of Missouri’s state parks and historic sites. For a list of all parks and sites visit mostateparks.com.
  • People Enjoying Missouri’s Outdoors: Photographs of people enjoying and exploring Missouri’s great outdoors.

Judges will choose first, second, third and honorable mention winners for each category. For more information or to submit photos, visit dnr.mo.gov/photocontest. Questions about to the photo contest can be sent to socialmedia@dnr.mo.gov.

Bates County Sheriff’s Office warns of Scam.

The Bates County Sheriff’s Office has received several reports from people in our community who are receiving phone calls from an individual claiming to be a Detective with the Bates County Sheriff’s Office.

This individual demands you to pay a certain amount of money or a warrant will be issued for your arrest.

This is a scam. Bates County Sheriff’s office does not contact anyone by phone requesting money.