Google Fiber has supported #GivingTuesdayCLT for the past four years and we are so grateful to have them on board again for their fifth year as an Official Partner! To learn more about Google Fiber and how they give GOOD to CLT in addition to amplifying #GivingTuesdayCLT, read this quick Q & A with Government and Community Affairs Manager for Google Fiber, Jess George:
Why did Google Fiber decide to sponsor #GivingTuesdayCLT again this year?
#GivingTuesdayCLT exemplifies the best of what makes Charlotte a unique and amazing place to live and operate a business. We see the entire community come together to put our time and treasure to work to support worthwhile organizations that are making sure all Charlotteans have a leg up this holiday season.
What community engagement does Google Fiber do throughout the year?
Google Fiber focuses a lot on bridging the digital divide as well as encouraging STEM initiatives for our community’s children. We partner with excellent groups like SHARE Charlotte as well as Digi-Bridge, ImaginOn, the Bilingual Preschool and others to provide not only access to the Internet but also devices and hands-on training.
Does Google Fiber focus on a particular cause or support a specific nonprofit sector?
Google Fiber believes access to information means access to opportunity. Therefore we focus on bridging the digital divide to ensure as many members of the community have access to reliable, fast Internet to support their education and careers. This approach manifests itself in fun events like our regular Daddy-Daughter Code-ins with Digi-Bridge where fathers can work on exciting, hands-on STEM projects with their daughters. We also provide our Community Connections, no-cost gigabit internet connections at ImaginOn, The Nest at Camp Northend and 7th Street Public Market which allow thousands of Charlotte area families to get online every year.
In what ways does Google Fiber encourage their employees to get involved?
Every year, we organize GoogleServe week in June and Giving Week in November, volunteering and raising money for local nonprofits that our team members care about. Many of our team members also give of their time and talents to organizations across our community all year round. Google Fiber matches employee donations made to charitable causes and contributes $10 for every volunteer hour served to the nonprofit beneficiary.
What is one thing you would like Charlotte to know about Google Fiber that they may not already know?
Google Fiber is connecting new customers to super fast Internet every day across Charlotte. We continue to build out our network to reach new neighborhoods and provide our gigabit speed to new customers.
Why does Google Fiber think community-wide campaigns like #GivingTuesdayCLT are important to Charlotte?
Charlotte is growing at a tremendous rate with new residents moving here everyday. It can be difficult to figure out where to plug in to support your new community, whether you are a brand new resident or have lived here all your life. By bringing in so many different partners, #GivingTuesdayCLT makes it easy to get involved and find groups that need your help.