Cox Communications announced the award of $40,000 in “Tech Boosts” grants to four organizations devoted to improving the lives of children and families through technology-driven education to empower them to better futures.
New Opportunities of Greater Meriden is among the recipients in this inaugural year of the Tech Boost program. The $10,000 “boost” allowed them to purchase computers, peripheral equipment and software to utilize in their education and outreach programs. New Opportunities Inc. is a community action agency that serves Waterbury, Meriden, Torrington and 27 surrounding Connecticut towns by offering a variety of social service programs designed to eliminate poverty and assist people in need.
Recipients were recognized for their commitment to help reduce the “digital divide” for members of their community and provide educational opportunities beyond the classroom. The programs provided by organizations like the New Opportunities for Greater Meriden serve many children who live in communities and neighborhoods at or below the poverty line. They provide a safe place for students to explore and learn outside of the school environment to help close the digital divide that exists in accessing technology.
This is the first year for Cox Tech Boosts, and the program will continue, with Tech Boosts being provided on an annual basis. Organizations focused on providing “outside-the-classroom” learning opportunities for middle- or high-school students that would benefit from an influx of new technology can apply starting December 1 by visiting www.coxcharitiesne.org/techboosts. Technology needs can range from Chromebooks and printers to more advanced technology.
Other organizations receiving a 2018 Tech Boosts grant from Cox include the Dr. Marin Luther King, Jr. Community Center in Newport, R.I.; Progreso Latino in Central Falls, R.I.; and the Lakewood Library – Madison Branch in Lakewood, Ohio. In addition to pledging to invest in new technology resources, these organizations are also strong supporters of the Connect2Compete program, a low-cost internet offering from Cox provided to families with students in grades K-12 who are enrolled in a nutritional assistance program, like SNAP, or who reside in public housing.