What’s the News? We’re making a $400,000 investment in four Tacoma-based organizations to form a digital equity network in Washington, aimed at advancing digital and economic opportunity for students, families, and small business owners in the South Sound Region. Furthering the company’s deep and longstanding commitment to advancing equity and opportunity, our donations to Boys & Girls Clubs of the South Puget Sound, Goodwill of the Olympics & Rainier Region, TeamWrk, and the Thrive Tacoma Business Fund will support digital access and adoption through tech training and career building. Why is this Important? Comcast’s investments in the four partner organizations will help increase college and career readiness, especially among underserved youth; connect workers to opportunities; provide upskilling for adult learners and those already in the workforce; and close the skills – particularly digital skills – gap. The contributions are part of Project UP, a $1 billion commitment to help advance digital equity and build a future of Unlimited Possibilities. This innovative partnership advances digital equity, creates a more prepared workforce, and provides critical resources to local communities and residents to develop skills they need to succeed in a more digital world. Here is how each recipient organization will use the funds to advance digital equity and support South Sound communities in 2023:
What Else is Comcast Doing to Help Advance Digital Equity in Washington?
Today’s investment adds to the one made by Comcast last September when it awarded $300,000 to the same four organizations. Comcast selected the recipient organizations based on their shared commitment to digital equity and programs specifically designed to provide residents in the South Puget Sound region with internet access and skill-building services.
Over the last three years, Comcast has provided $11.9 million in financial and in-kind charitable contributions to Washington nonprofits. These contributions support local community programs and help establish and promote a Digital Equity Network in Washington.
Comcast’s Digital Equity Network is an interconnected group of organizations in the Pacific Northwest that have a connection with each other and work collectively toward a common purpose to increase access and adoption of the internet, help people get online, build digital skills, and open doors to economic mobility. This network:
- Boys & Girls Clubs of the South Puget Sound
- Goodwill of the Olympics & Rainier Region
- Thrive Tacoma Business Fund
|“Digital equity is a fundamental right, and local communities with equitable access to the internet are simply better positioned to fully engage in today’s world,” said Woodards. “It is essential for education and employment, business development, healthcare, government services, and community involvement. I am grateful to our private sector partners at Comcast for their ongoing commitment to this critical work.”|
|Comcast’s contributions are part of Project UP, a $1 billion commitment to help advance digital equity and build a future of Unlimited Possibilities. Comcast’s contribution to the four partner organizations will help increase college and career readiness, especially among underserved youth; connect workers to opportunities; provide upskilling for adult learners and those already in the workforce; and close the skills – particularly digital skills – gap.|
- Makes Internet Affordable to income-constrained households through a combination of our Internet Essentials service and the federal Affordable Connectivity Program
- Increases Awareness and facilitates Adoption through digital literacy classes from community partners and Digital Navigators
- Expands Internet access by investing millions of dollars to bring our services to unserved areas and opening more than 100 Lift Zones in community centers in the Pacific Northwest