The Community Foundation of North Central Florida and The Education Foundation of Alachua County have come together to create the Community Connectivity Fund. This is a local effort to help the community in Alachua County find accessibility to the internet and other digital devices.
The 50% of the money donated to the fund will go towards The Education Foundation of Alachua County to bolster the needs of teachers and public school students, according to a press release from October 27.
“One of the many issues the COVID-19 pandemic brought to light is the digital divide in our
community,” said Barzella Papa, president and CEO of the Community Foundation, in the press release. “From telehealth needs to children completing school from home, the need for connectivity is prevalent. This fund will help connect programs to those who need it most.”
Jackie Johnson, Public Information Officer for Alachua County Public Schools, said that the district provided 7,000 laptops and 1,000 hotspots to students at the beginning of this school year, but the community and students are still experiencing a digital divide. The Community Connectivity Fund can help with that.
If you would like to make a donation to the Community Connectivity Fund, you can visit cfncf.org.