A Gift of Technology Opens Doors at the YMCA of Greater Houston
New Mobile Computer Lab provides Web access to children, parents
Comcast has partnered with the YMCA of Greater Houston to open a new mobile computer lab dedicated to providing technology and Internet access at various YMCA sites that offer after-school activities to students and their parents. The lab will celebrate its grand opening at the YMCA's International Services location on Wednesday, March 22 at 10 a.m.
The mobile lab will travel to several locations, providing access to technology to families through the YMCA, including the Willow Creek Community Center, 7575 Office City Dr., the Denver Harbor Community Center, 6402 Market St., Clayton Homes Apartment Community Center, 1919 Runnels St., and the Kelly Village Apartment Community Center, 3118 Green St.
"We are very grateful for this partnership with Comcast, as it enables the Y to bring laptops to students and their parents who otherwise would not have regular access to this technology," said Paul McEntire, president and CEO of the YMCA of Greater Houston. "This mobile computer lab will allow children in our after-school programs to complete homework assignments and do research related to their studies. It will also be available to their parents for preparing resumes, searching for jobs and finding the necessary resources for caring for their families."
Comcast and YMCA of the USA recently announced a comprehensive $15.3 million partnership that combines the Y's commitment to strengthening communities and improving the lives of children and families and the transformative potential of Comcast's Internet Essentials, the nation's largest and most comprehensive internet adoption program, to help prepare the next generation for the future.
The multi-year partnership is anchored by Comcast's commitment to increasing the public's understanding of the important and impactful work of the Y in communities through the visibility of the Y's For a better us? English and Spanish PSAs. Additionally, Comcast provided grants to further support digital literacy and academic achievement programs at Ys nationwide. To mark the recent partnership launch, Comcast is donating a total of $50,000 to five Ys around the country including the YMCA of Greater Houston.
"Internet Essentials is designed to help level the playing field for low-income families by providing the opportunity to apply for low-cost home internet, one of the most important resources in today's digital world," said Ralph Martinez, Senior Vice President for Comcast's Houston Region. "We are proud to work together with the YMCA in the communities we mutually serve and help connect even more people to the resources they need to achieve their dreams."
Comcast NBCU Elevates Houston Community with Mayor's History Makers Awards
In celebration of Black History Month, Comcast recently announced a partnership with City of Houston Mayor, Sylvester Turner, to honor 10 Houston community volunteers at the first-ever Mayor’s History Makers Awards held on February 9, 2018. Held at the Houstonian Hotel, the honorees were recognized for their commitment to making a difference in the community through volunteerism, mentorship, advocacy and civic engagement.
The volunteers were commended as exceptional individuals having demonstrated selfless commitment in their communities. They played a vital role in positive change and continue to help celebrate diversity in the city of Houston. As part of the recognition, each honoree will be featured in a 30-second Public Service Announcement that will air on Comcast cable. In addition, Comcast NBCUniversal will also donate $1,000 to the nonprofit organization of the honoree’s choice.