Holland nonprofit receives Lift Zone grant to advance digital equity

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Courtesy Comcast

Comcast awarded the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Holland a $50,000 Lift Zone Opportunity Fund grant, providing a variety of technology upgrades for those in need.

The Boys & Girls Club of Greater Holland, at 435 Van Raalte Ave., is home to one of Comcast’s Lift Zones, and the grant will help provide a variety of upgrades to technology, workspaces and programs and address further digital equity challenges for more Holland students and families.

Lift Zones are established to assist families who are unable to connect to the internet at home. They provide free Wi-Fi hotspots in safe spaces, which allows students and families in need to get online, participate in distance learning, do homework, search for jobs, and access health care information and public assistance.

“We are grateful to Comcast for their generous grant to upgrade our club’s Lift Zone,” said Craig Spoelhof, executive director of the Boys % Girls Club of Greater Holland. “In addition to offering more technology for youth and the community to use, we are designing a dedicated space with more functional work areas for our students to complete their digital learning.”

Spoelhof said the grant also will give technology support to the organization’s To Graduation and Beyond program for teens, where program staff walk alongside eighth-to 12th-grade students as they make decisions about their futures and complete applications and scholarship requirements online.

Since October 2020, Comcast launched five Lift Zones in West Michigan, 50 across the state and more than 1,000 nationwide.

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