Spectrum today announced First Corinthian Baptist Church Community Development Corporation has received a $8,000 Spectrum Digital Education grant for its Senior Connect program. The grant is part of the company’s five-year, $7 million commitment to digital education in Spectrum communities across the country.
The Dream Center, based in Manhattan’s Harlem neighborhood and founded by the FCBC Community Development Corporation, will use the funds to further expand its Senior Connect program virtually and in-person year-round, and upgrade and increase on-site equipment and software.
The FCBC Community Development Corporation is a recipient of the grant for the second year in a row. In 2020, the organization was awarded $5,000 to support the Senior Connect program, which has seen continuous growth and demand.
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The Dream Center’s mission is to unlock and cultivate the opportunities of the community through transformative programs centered on creative arts, leadership development, and economic empowerment.
The FCBC Community Development Corporation is a catalyst for transformation, challenging and empowering individuals to realize their infinite possibilities through education, arts, health awareness and civic engagement.
“We applaud the FCBC Community Development Corporation for their broadband education initiatives and for helping us support efforts that promote digital literacy in the Harlem community,” said Rahman Khan, vice president of community impact for Charter Communications, Inc., which operates the Spectrum brand of broadband connectivity products. “Through this partnership with the FCBC Community Development Corporation, the Spectrum Digital Education program is able to bring essential resources to those in need, and we look forward to working with them on this transformative project.”
Desiree Elder, executive director of the FCBC Community Development Corporation and the Dream Center, said, “We are so honored to partner with Spectrum once again for Senior Connect. Last year, we were able to help more than 200 senior participants in closing the digital divide. This year, we hope to double that number. What I love about this program is that it not only enhances digital literacy but also provides a sense of community for all those involved.”
New York Lieutenant Governor Brian A. Benjamin said, “Digital literacy and equity is a key issue in closing the large gap between quality education and socioeconomic status. Congratulations to the FCBC Community Development Corporation on once again receiving a $8,000 Spectrum Digital Education grant, which will go a long way in supporting the organization’s Senior Connect program – bringing us one step closer to closing the digital divide.”
Through the use of technology, the Senior Connect program aims to inspire seniors and reconnect families, build community, develop self-confidence, and make the world of technology less intimidating.
The program teaches seniors Internet basics such as email and social media set-up, fundamentals of online productivity and collaboration, and setting up online accounts for bills and government assistance programs.
The FCBC Community Development Corporation is one of four New York City recipients of the 2021 Spectrum Digital Education Grant program. The Hispanic Federation, Northern Manhattan Improvement Corporation, and YWCA of Brooklyn will also receive a grant.
The FCBC Community Development Corporation is one of 49 nonprofit organizations across the country that Spectrum is supporting through 2021 Spectrum Digital Education grants.
Since launching Spectrum Digital Education in 2017, Spectrum has donated $7 million in cash and in-kind contributions for digital literacy programs reaching nearly 70,000 people in 20 states and Washington, D.C. More information about Spectrum Digital Education is available .
Charter sponsors several philanthropic programs in addition to Spectrum Digital Education, including Spectrum Scholars, a scholarship for under-represented college juniors in financial need; Spectrum Employee Community Grants, which supports Charter employees’ local volunteer activities; Spectrum Community Investment Loan Fund, which supports small and minority-owned businesses whose goods and services help meet core needs in financially underserved communities; and Spectrum Community Assist, which supports the revitalization of community centers in rural and urban areas, and investment in job training programs in underserved communities within the company’s footprint.
More information about Charter’s philanthropic initiatives is available
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