Supporting Digital Equity in Cumberland County
Comcast is proud of our longstanding commitment to Cumberland County, New Jersey, which includes support for nonprofit partners like the Boys & Girls Clubs of Cumberland County.
Most recently, the Comcast Foundation supported the Boys & Girls Clubs of Cumberland County through a combined $30,000 grant in 2023 for digital literacy programming at its two sites – the Carl Arther Recreation Center and Youth for Change Center in Vineland. In December, Comcast also donated 25 laptops and Kano computer coding kits to be used by students in the Clubs’ computer lab and an additional $2,000 donation directed by Jitendra Patel, a senior engineer at Comcast Corporation and one of our local 2023 Internet Essentials Ambassadors of the Year.
Gabe Almeda, Comcast Government Affairs Manager; Kim Smith, Comcast Regional Director of Community Impact, Club kids JJ and Mya; and Jitendra Patel, Comcast Internet Essentials Ambassador.
The partnership with the Boys & Girls Clubs is part of Project UP, Comcast’s comprehensive initiative to advance digital equity and help build a future of unlimited possibilities. The two centers are also among the seven Comcast “Lift Zones” in Cumberland County. Launched during the pandemic, Lift Zones provide free WiFi access at neighborhood locations like nonprofits, community centers, parks and more.
“Comcast has been a true partner to the Boys & Girls Clubs of Cumberland County, helping to ensure we can serve the digital equity needs of our young members and their families,” said Chris Volker, Executive Director and CEO, Boys & Girls Clubs of Cumberland County. “Thanks in part to Comcast’s support, we will expand our digital literacy programming in the near future to keep up with the evolving needs of our members.”