CHICAGO—We’re still a about month away until the official holiday season, but Comcast is already in the giving mood as it has announced donations to Chicago-area public libraries and an elementary school.
Three Chicago Public Library branches are set to receive a donation from Comcast to support the development of technology labs (“Experience Labs” powered by Internet Essentials). In addition, Comcast will also announce local enrollment figures for the company’s Internet Essentials program, which launched in 2011. Comcast will also be providing 20 laptop computers to Joseph Lovett Elementary students.
These efforts are part of Comcast’s goal of closing the digital divide in Chicago via the Internet Essentials program. Other recent efforts have included the sponsoring of the Chicago Public Library Cybernavigators program at 75 branches, and providing free Wi-Fi service at other community-based organizations.
A pair of events are scheduled for Friday, Oct. 27, to celebrate these donations. Comcast’s David J. Cohen, senior executive vice president and chief diversity officer, will be joined by Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Chicago Public Library Commissioner and CEO Brian Bannon, Chicago Housing Authority CEO Eugene Jones and Internet Essential participants for the library donations at 11 a.m. at Harold Washington Library Center. Cohen will then partake in an event at Joseph Lovett Elementary School at 2 p.m., with the school’s principal Dr. LeViis A. Haney and Rebecca Nieves Huffman, executive director, City Year Chicago.