AT&T also expands its affordable internet program for eligible families.
AT&T California recently awarded a $20,000 grant to Community Tech Network to provide digital literacy training to home-bound seniors who are most at risk during the COVID-19 pandemic. The funds will enable CTN’s Home Connect program to purchase tablets and provide virtual training to 100 vulnerable seniors.
The Center for Disease Control estimates that those 65 years or older account for approximately 80 percent of U.S. COVID deaths. The continuation of shelter-in-place orders for seniors has led to more isolation and depression in that vulnerable group. CTN training and support educates this population on how to stay safe on the internet, how to avoid scams, and how to conduct video visits with their doctors, friends, and family. In addition, our training teaches seniors how to easily order medication, groceries, and other necessities online. CTN’s staff helps seniors sign up for internet service, provides them with a preconfigured tablet, and conducts three months of virtual training and support in English, Spanish, Cantonese, and Russian.
“As the needs in our communities rise, we have been able to do more because of help from partners like AT&T. Contributions to support CTN’s work have been essential to our ability to scale our efforts and continue serving those in need,” says Kami Griffiths, executive director and co-founder.
As the school year begins, AT&T has announced expanded eligibility for its Access from AT&T program. For families who need an internet connection for distance learning, AT&T offers an affordable option at $10/month. For eligibility requirements and more detail about this offer, go to att.com/access or call 855-220-5211.
“AT&T is committed to making a difference for those who have been so affected by the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Rhonda Johnson, president of AT&T California. “Our dedicated employees at AT&T are working around the clock to keep our customers connected to their families, friends, and colleagues. This giving effort is one more way that our employees are supporting our local communities.”