Comcast is investing $150,000 to close the digital adoption gap in Snohomish County with the donation of more than 400 computers to Boys and Girls Clubs
Everett, Wash –News Direct– Comcast Washington
Comcast Washington and Boys and Girls Clubs of Snohomish County today announced that Comcast is donating more than 400 computers to Boys & Girls Clubs of Snohomish County, valued at more than $100,000, along with a $50,000 donation to support the construction of a full-service computer lab at Boys and Girls Clubs’ Alderwood Club. The contribution is part of a long partnership between the two organizations and will help young people in Snohomish County stay connected during the summer holidays. Everett Mayor Cassie Franklin participated in a surprise donation ceremony for young people today at the Boys and Girls Club of South Everett.
Young people lose up to 40% of their knowledge during summer vacation, study finds American Association for Research in Education. Many students also lack access to a computer and connectivity at home, which can further disconnect them from the technology needed to stay connected during the break. In Washington, 20% of fourth-graders and 10% of eighth-graders do not have access to the Internet or a computer at home, according to a study by the National Center for Education Statistics.
“Our boys and girls have to return their devices to their school at the end of the school year every June and for many this leaves them without a device for the summer holidays. This limits their connectivity and their ability to continue their studies “said Marci Volmer. , COO – The Boys & Girls Clubs of Snohomish County “These computers from Comcast will help young people in Snohomish County stay connected year-round.”
The donation is the result of an ongoing partnership with Comcast and the Boys and Girls Clubs of Snohomish County. Since 2019, Comcast has created more than 10 “Lift Zones” with free high-speed WiFi for the organization and has donated several hundred thousand dollars to the county.
“We want to thank the Boys and Girls Clubs of Snohomish County for helping us bring devices and better connectivity to youth in Snohomish County,” said Rodrigo Lopez, senior vice president of region, Comcast Washington. “This cause and supporting the local community is especially important to us because our regional office is in Everett.”
Most of the 400 laptops donated by Comcast will be distributed to boys and girls so they can stay connected at home during the summer vacations at home. The remaining computers will be distributed to 10 Snohomish County Boys and Girls Clubs in Edmonds, Everett, Granite Falls, Lake Stevens, Lynnwood, Marysville and Mukilteo, which are already equipped with free Internet access from Comcast as part of the zone. lift from Comcast. initiative.
Lift Zones help connect disadvantaged families to the internet so they can fully participate in educational opportunities and the digital economy by providing free high-speed Wi-Fi at community centers nationwide. Working with cities, community organizations and local nonprofit partners, Comcast has now installed free Wi-Fi in more than 90 community centers across Washington State.
This effort is part of Project UP, Comcast’s $1 billion commitment to reach tens of millions of people over the next 10 years with the tools, resources and skills needed to succeed in a digital world. Project UP is Comcast’s enterprise-wide initiative to advance digital equityincluding Internet Essentialsthe nation’s largest and most comprehensive broadband adoption program.
Since 2011, Internet Essentials has connected a cumulative total of more than 56,000 low-income Snohomish County residents to high-speed home Internet, the overwhelming majority of whom were previously unregistered. The comprehensive design of Internet Essentials addresses three significant barriers to broadband adoption. This includes access to free digital literacy training in print, online and in person; the ability to purchase a low-cost, heavily subsidized Internet-ready computer; and low-cost high-speed Internet service for $9.95 per month, plus tax.
For more information about Internet Essentials and Comcast’s commitment to education and digital equity, please visit https://corporate.comcast.com/education. To apply, go to www.internetessentials.com or call 1-855-846-8376 for English or 1-855-765-6995 for Spanish. For more information on Comcast’s Comprehensive Connectivity Program for Low-Income Americans, visit https://corporate.comcast.com/values/internet-essentials
Comcast is also proud to participate in the Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP), which provides eligible households with a credit of up to $30/month for Internet and mobile services. For more information, visit https://www.xfinity.com/learn/internet-service/acp
About Snohomish County Boys and Girls Clubs
Boys and Girls Clubs of Snohomish County is a non-profit organization that provides young people ages 5-18 with a safe and positive place to spend their time before and after school and during the summer. Clubs are strategically located in neighborhoods and are accessible to all children. Since 1946, Boys and Girls Clubs of Snohomish County has been helping young people, especially those who need us most, reach their full potential as productive, caring and responsible citizens. To learn more, please visit our website: https://bgcsc.org/
About Comcast Corporation
Comcast Corporation (Nasdaq: CMCSA) is a global media and technology company that connects people in the moments that matter. We are primarily focused on connectivity, aggregation and streaming with 57 million customer relationships in the US and Europe. We provide broadband, wireless and video through our Xfinity, Comcast Business and Sky brands; create, distribute and broadcast premier entertainment, sports and news through Universal Filmed Entertainment Group, Universal Studio Group, Sky Studios, NBC and Telemundo broadcast networks, multiple cable networks, Peacock, NBCUniversal News Group, NBC Sports, Sky News and Sky Sports; and deliver memorable experiences at Universal Parks and Resorts in the United States and Asia. Visit www.comcastcorporation.com for more information.
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