The Comcast Foundation announced Thursday that it awarded a $20,000 grant to the Greater Smyrna-Clayton Boys & Girls Club, located in Smyrna to support "Club Tech," which is a comprehensive digital literacy program that provides club members with computer training and other technology skills necessary for school and workplace achievement.
"Club Tech" teaches participants basic computing skills, including Internet safety and the use of various programs and software through hands-on activities and instructor-led workshops. Participants also study the digital arts, such as web design, digital photography, video production and more. The grant provided by the Comcast Foundation will be used to purchase additional hardware and software, and to support additional training in an effort to further expand the program.
"Comcast is proud to support organizations that are making a meaningful difference in our local communities," said Donna Rattley Washington, regional vice president of government and community affairs for Comcast. "We are grateful to the Greater Smyrna-Clayton Boys & Girls Club for its dedication to building stronger, more vibrant, neighborhoods and connecting people with opportunities for digital learning and personal growth."
"Whether they are in the classroom, at home, or in the workplace, it is imperative that youth today are proficient on the computer," said Trisha Moses director of the Greater Smyrna-Clayton Boys & Girls Club. "This generous grant from the Comcast Foundation will enable us to provide our club members with access to the technology and training to help them reach their full potential."
Including the support for "Club Tech," the Comcast Foundation donated more than $16 million to nonprofit organizations in the communities it serves nationwide in 2012. Since 1999, the Comcast Foundation has donated more than $123 million.
In addition to the grants from the Comcast Foundation, Comcast also responds to community needs through local sponsorships and in-kind support, such as airing public service announcements, employee volunteerism and providing technology equipment and services to organizations across the country. It is estimated that Comcast's in-kind support exceeded $211 million in 2012.
About the Greater Smyrna-Clayton Boys and Girls Club
The Boys & Girls Clubs of Delaware is part of a nationwide movement whose mission is to inspire and enable all young people to realize their full potential as productive, responsible, and caring citizens. The Clubs provide vital youth development services for more than 20,000 children ages six through 20. The 15 Clubs, 24 school sites, and five extensions are conveniently located where such programs are limited or nonexistent. With additional resources, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Delaware could expand into additional unserved areas to serve even more children in need.
About the Comcast Foundation
The Comcast Foundation was founded by Comcast Corporation in June 1999 to provide charitable support to qualified non-profit organizations. The Foundation primarily invests in programs intended to have a positive, sustainable impact on their communities. The Foundation has three community investment priorities — promoting community service, expanding digital literacy, and building tomorrow's leaders. Since its inception, the Comcast Foundation has donated over $116 million to organizations in the communities nationwide that Comcast serves. More information about the Foundation and its programs is available at www.comcast.com/community.