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Time Warner Cable Awards $53,145 in Grants to Local Literacy Programs

Funds raised through Time Warner’s annual Adult Literacy Campaign

Release Date: 03/05/2007

Time Warner Cable Mid-Ohio Division has awarded $53,145 in grants to support adult literacy programs throughout central, northwest and southeast Ohio, announced Division President Rhonda Fraas today.  The funds were raised through the company’s annual Adult Literacy Campaign, which in 2006 netted among the largest amounts ever in the campaign’s 17-year history.

Columbus area recipients are:

• Asian American Community Services - $2,000 to help bridge the language barrier in Asian immigrant and refugee communities.  The grant will allow for additional instructional hours and the purchase of essential textbooks.
• Cambodian Mutual Assistance Association - $5,000 to enhance the English as a Second Language and literacy work in the Capital Park community in northeast Columbus.  The grant will allow for additional instructional hours to focus on pre-literate students, much needed testing support and classroom sets of essential textbooks.
• Columbus Literacy Council (CLC) - $5,000 toward the Business literacy program to provide programming that helps learners understand basic business concepts and apply these concepts to their lives to attain self-sufficiency.
• Dominican Learning Center - $5,000 to provide adults who are American-Marginalized and International struggling readers with a program to improve their comprehension skills through skill-building books and computer software.
• Godman Guild & Ohio State University, Center for the Study and Teaching of Writing - $5,000 to continue building a series of reading, writing and computer literacy workshops focused on the needs of adult students who read/write below the 6th grade level.
• Somali Senior and Family Services - $5,000 to help adult participants with life needs so they can learn English or build on the English language in an effort to become more self-reliant, employable, and prepared to integrate fully into a larger American society.

The remainder of the funds has been distributed among 20 other adult literacy agencies throughout central, northwest and southeast Ohio.

Time Warner Cable’s Adult Literacy Campaign is held annually during the month of August, when cable installation fees are donated to the literacy effort.  Since the campaign began in 1990, Time Warner Cable has donated more than $500,000 to local adult literacy agencies.

Tammy Wharton, executive director of Columbus Literacy Council, said, “Adequate literacy skills are necessary for functioning in today’s society.  Unfortunately, many low literate adults lack the literacy skills needed to gain and/or retain employment.  Thank you Time Warner for helping our adult learners improve their speaking, listening, reading and writing skills one word at a time!”

Kat Cochrane-Yamaguchi, GED/ABLE supervisor/instructor of the Godman Guild Association, said, “We truly value Time Warner Cable’s willingness to support these important initiatives in our community.  Increasing adult literacy skills means our students enter their home, work and community lives more confidently, with higher self-esteem and stronger communication skills.”

“Time Warner Cable understands the importance of literacy to the success of adults and the economic vitality of our communities,” said Fraas.  “Too many adults are trying to cope without good reading skills.  As reading skills improve, so do opportunities for success.  That’s important to us as a company, and it’s why we’ll continue our commitment to fighting illiteracy in Ohio.  With the help of our committed partner Kirk Herbstreit, we’ve been able to make an outstanding difference.”

Time Warner Cable Mid-Ohio Division teamed up once again with “ESPN College GameDay” host and former OSU quarterback Kirk Herbstreit as the spokesperson for the 2006 literacy campaign.  The Division has been honored locally and nationally for its ongoing commitment to adult literacy efforts in central Ohio.  In 2001, the company received the “Corporate Caring Award” from Business First newspaper for its Adult Literacy Campaign and also received a Beacon Award and the ESPN Good Sports Award from the Cable Television Public Affairs Association recognizing the campaign’s success.  In 1995, Time Warner Cable received the Advancement of Literacy Award from the American Library Association.

Time Warner Cable owns and manages cable systems serving 13.4 million subscribers in 33 states.  Passing approximately 26 million homes, Time Warner Cable includes some of the most technologically advanced and best-clustered cable systems in the country, with nearly 85 percent of the Company's customers located in five geographic regions: New York, Texas, Ohio, the Carolinas and southern California.  Leveraging its leadership in innovation and quality customer care, Time Warner Cable delivers advanced products and services such as video on demand, high definition television, digital video recorders, high-speed data and Digital Phone.  Time Warner Cable is a subsidiary of Time Warner Inc. (NYSE: TWX).


Additional Contacts:

Lhakpa Tsering     Sister Shawn Fitzpatrick
Executive Director     Director
Asian American Community Services  Dominican Learning Center
4100 North High Street, Suite 301   1111 East Stewart Avenue
Columbus, OH 43214     Columbus, OH 43219
614/220-4023 ext. 222    614/444-7330

Beth Stock      Wendy Hansen Smith
Executive Director     Workforce Development Director
Cambodian Mutual Assistance Association  Godman Guild Association
3242 Cleveland Avenue    303 East 6th Avenue
Columbus, OH 43224     Columbus, OH 43201
614/267-8899      614/294-5476 ext. 121
Tammy Wharton     Abdi Warsame
Executive Director     Executive Director
Columbus Literacy Council    Somali Senior and Family Services  
195 North Grant Avenue    3330 Cleveland Avenue
Columbus, OH 43215     Columbus, OH 43224
614/221-5013      614/432-303

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