If you own a car, you might rarely think of those who don’t. Likewise, if your world is limited to accessing data, searching for information, and digitally transferring documents, a life without internet access is probably unimaginable.
At Neighborhood House, where our mission is to raise and educate children while supporting families and aging adults in our community, I see first-hand the effects of lack of internet access. Witnessing the personal weight that an empty Internet life has on our families and our neighbors is all the more punctuated as in today’s world, access to everything digital has become a necessity, everything like electricity.
A deeper dive into the real impact felt by some members of the community shows that the lack of an internet connection leads to a daily sense of hopelessness for many students and their families. But at Neighborhood House, this is where the story changes. This is where Comcast saw a need and filled it.
When a digital leader like Comcast stepped in to provide the tools community members needed, it made an instant difference in their path to success. We call this type of partner a 360 degree partner who helps the community go further because it responds to needs in a holistic way.
Comcast’s timely contributions are making a difference in four key areas: 1. Helping children succeed in school, homework and projects; 2. Enable adults to seek, apply and obtain employment that will raise them higher; 3. Provide a path to economic mobility; and 4. Breaking the cycle of intergenerational poverty, which offers benefits that extend far beyond the individual.
Our average client of a family of four earns less than $ 36,000 per year, making it nearly impossible to meet even the basic needs of life. The added cost of technology adds to the burden on a successful family in today’s digitally connected world and puts them squarely in front of another hurdle to success.
Comcast has become a great partner in connecting our community with reliable Internet access, but they didn’t stop there. October 12, to celebrate the 10th of Comcaste Anniversary of its Internet Essentials program, which helps low-income families access the Internet, Comcast has provided 400 computers and laptops free of charge to our customers. These important contributions are a game-changer because it means our Neighborhood House community will finally have the tools and services you can trust to help them reach the level most Utahns enjoy every day.
Having access to technology will allow children to do their homework, research and accelerate their journey of discovery. It will allow parents to learn technology to help their children in school and use it for their own work needs.
Establishing digital equity in Utah is clearly one of Comcast’s top priorities. In fact, when the pandemic hit, Comcast provided funds to help families recover. However, with a broader perspective to meet needs with practical solutions, they saw the need for digital equity very clearly.
They funded our Lift Zone (free WiFi station) so our entire community has internet access, not just our customers. Lift Zones not only helps with job search and education, but also if someone needs to apply for a government program or other needs, we now introduce them to Lift Zone where they have tools and support. ” support to access what he needs.
To our surprise, they funded a computer lab and provided assistance in learning to use computers effectively. In all of this, Comcast says, âLet’s make sure people have the tools they need to use the technology we provide. ”
We are more than thrilled with the opportunity to provide this to our community with Comcast, our 360 partner who makes a difference, one individual and one family at a time.