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AT&T Helps Reading YMCA Tackle Digital Divide

by AT&T

Mar 16, 2023

L-R: LaTara Harris, Director, External & Legislative Affairs; William Folk, Executive Director, Reading YMCA

As part of AT&T’s nationwide commitment to help bridge the digital divide, AT&T contributed $5,000 to the Reading Branch of YMCA to better connect the children, families and others served by the organization to digital resources.

The support enabled the YMCA to purchase tablets, printers, and smart televisions to enable individuals to sharpen their digital skills, and access the Internet for education, telehealth, job search and more.

“In one simple act you have made a huge difference. We want to thank AT&T for their generous support to the YMCA’s Housing program,” said Gena Pina, Director of Social Service.

Ryan Herrera, Executive Director of Social Service for the YMCA, added: “It was an act of kindness, and it really shows how much they care about the needs of the community.”

L-R: Ellen Nonnemacher, Board Member, Reading YMCA; LaTara Harris, Director, External & Legislative Affairs; Ryan Herrera, Executive Director of Social Services, Reading YMCA; Zuleima Villalba, Constituent Services Representative for Senator Judith Schwank

“The pandemic heightened the challenges faced by children, families and other adults who lacked the connectivity and resources to learn remotely; search for work; boost their technological literacy; and otherwise stay connected to society, with under-resourced communities hit particularly hard. AT&T is proud to team up with the YMCA in Reading to help provide these important digital resources for the individuals they serve every day,” said La Tara Harris, director of External Affairs for AT&T in Pennsylvania.

AT&T is committing more than $2 billion to bridge the digital divide through affordable broadband offers for both consumers and education institutions, as well as high quality educational resources and community investment through AT&T Connected Learning, a program to connect students to skills, resources, and opportunities for success in school and in life.

The mission of the YMCA of Reading & Berks County is to put Judeo-Christian principles into practice through programs that build healthy spirit, mind, and body for all. For over 160 years we have been the heart of the community we serve. The Y is a cause-driven organization that is for youth development, for healthy living and for social responsibility. That’s because a strong community can only be achieved when we invest in our kids, our health, and our neighbors. The Y is so much more.

At AT&T, we’re committed to advancing education, creating opportunities, strengthening communities and improving lives. As part of our companywide $2 billion commitment from 2021 to 2023 to address the digital divide, we launched AT&T Connected Learning to invest in connectivity and technology, digital literacy and education solutions to help today’s learners succeed inside and outside of the classroom. Since 2008, we’ve committed to programs that help millions of students across all 50 states and around the world, particularly those in underserved communities.

L-R: Phillip Borup, CEO, YMCA of Reading & Berks County; Gina Pina-Garcia, Assistant Director of Social Services, Reading YMCA; Ryan Herrera, Executive Director of Social Services, Reading YMCA; LaTara Harris, Director, External & Legislative Affairs; William Folk, Executive Director, Reading YMCA; Ellen Nonnemacher, Board Member, Reading YMCA; Zuleima Villalba, Constituent Services Representative for Senator Judith Schwank

 

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