Telecommunications giant Spectrum announced Monday it has awarded a $30,000 grant to a community group aimed to boosting digital literacy among Southland seniors.
Spectrum gifted the funds to the Southeast Community Development Corporation as part of the company’s multi-year $6 million commitment to digital education. The company doubled its 2020 commitment, awarding $1 million to 47 organizations providing broadband education, technology and training.
“This support will help our seniors develop basic digital technology skills, broadening their access to valuable resources and connections to other people,” said Emma Hernandez, SCDC chief executive officer.
Spectrum presented the grant at a free laptop giveaway event for foster youth in El Monte on Sunday, in partnership with the office of Los Angeles County Supervisor Hilda L. Solis.
“Throughout the pandemic we have seen how a lack of access to quality internet services has a significant impact on the health, education and well-being of students and residents, particularly among low-income communities that I serve in the First District,” Solis said.
With the grant, Spectrum surpassed its $6 million commitment. This year’s recipients include nonprofits from 15 states and Washington, D.C.. Recipients were chosen from 259 applications.