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Comcast awards $351,000 to help nonprofits expand digital literacy; more than half goes to Detroit groups


Literacy has long been defined as learning to read and write, but today that’s just not enough. It have evolved into the need to understand and use computers and other devices, the internet, software and so much more.

That is the key to success. We have entered a new age and almost every job going forward will require those skills.

To help expand digital literacy in Michigan the Comcast Foundation awarded $351,000 to 19 nonprofit organizations that will also promote the importance of community service and help build tomorrow’s leaders. More than half of those dollars are going to nonprofits in Detroit.

“With more than 3,700 Michigan employees and a presence here that spans four decades, our company has deep roots across the state,” says Tim Collins, senior vice president for Comcast in Michigan. “At Comcast, we believe it’s our duty to invest in nonprofit organizations that share our commitment to strengthening the communities we serve and live in.”

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The organizations receiving Comcast Foundation grants metro Detroit in 2016 include:

  • City Year Detroit ($100,000)
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metropolitan Detroit ($30,000)
  • Association of Chinese Americans (Madison Heights) ($23,000)
  • Detroit Hispanic Development Corporation ($20,000)
  • Urban League of Detroit and Southeastern Michigan ($20,000)
  • 100 Black Men of Greater Detroit, Inc. ($15,000)
  • Boys and Girls Clubs of Southeastern Michigan ($15,000)
  • Arab Community Center for Economic and Social Services (Dearborn) ($13,000)
  • Boys and Girls Clubs of Oakland and Macomb Counties ($10,000)
  • Girl Scouts of Southeast Michigan ($10,000)

Organizations receiving dollars in other Michigan cities include:

  • Big Brothers Big Sisters of Michigan Capital Region, Inc. (Lansing) ($15,000)
  • Girl Scouts Heart of Michigan (Ypsilanti) ($10,000)
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Flint ($10,000)
  • Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Holland ($10,000)
  • Boys and Girls Clubs of the Muskegon Lakeshore (Muskegon) ($10,000)
  • Grand Rapids Urban League, Inc. ($10,000)
  • Hispanic Center of Western Michigan, Inc. ($10,000)
  • Southwestern Michigan Urban League, Inc. (Battle Creek) ($10,000)
  • Turning Point (Okemos) ($10,000)

“I appreciate the Comcast Foundation’s continued investment in our state’s nonprofit organizations,” Gov. Rick Snyder said. “Thanks to the tireless efforts and extremely important contributions of these various organizations, Michigan is a better place to call home.”

Last year Comcast also launched an advanced consumer trial of a new internet service that will deliver speeds up to 1 Gigabit-per-second (Gbps) to residential customers throughout the entire city of Detroit.

It also teamed up with the City of Detroit to help more small businesses afford the upfront costs of joining Project Green Light. Project Green Light, launched in January, lets convenience stores, restaurants, and gas stations voluntarily connect with the Detroit Police Department’s Real-time Crime Center where the premises are monitored for activity. A green dome light located at the business indicates the presence of high-definition surveillance cameras designed to discourage robbery, loitering, and also to help solve crime.

Including the support in Michigan, the Comcast Foundation donated $19 million in 2016 to nonprofit organizations in the communities it serves nationwide.

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