Comcast Launches a New Lift Zone in Dover

May 13, 2021 5:00 PM | Philanthropy Delaware (Administrator)

(May 13, 2021 by Holly Quinn Technical.ly) Delaware's newest free-Wi-Fi center supports both at-risk income youth and veterans in partnership with The Green Beret Project. 

Last March, 10 years after launching its Internet Essentials program for low income households, Comcast announced it would invest $1 billion over the next 10 years in an effort to help close the digital divide.

The Lift Zone project is part of that investment, providing free Wi-Fi, devices and, in some cases, learning pods to community centers that serve low-income families, including eight in New Castle County.

As part of the NASCAR Xfinity Series Dash 4 Cash race last weekend at Dover International Speedway, Comcast announced the opening of a new Lift Zone in Dover, created in partnership with The Green Beret Project.

The Green Beret Project is a volunteer-run project started by servicemembers in Dover that offers at-risk youth after-school and weekend programming. It has locations in Dover, Georgetown and Wilmington, as well as St. Louis and Kansas City in Missouri.

“We’re proud to support military veterans who are making a difference in their communities,” said Rebecca Gray, executive director of military and veteran affairs at Comcast, in a statement. “Through this Lift Zone at the Green Beret Project, young people will be able to access education, job training, and other critical resources through the Internet.”

Comcast has been launching projects aimed at closing the digital divide in tandem with the Dash 4 Cash race since 2018.

“For years, Comcast has shown its commitment to supporting low-income families and veterans by ensuring they have access to an affordable and reliable internet connection,” said Adam Kramer, state director of The Green Beret Project. “We’re proud to partner with Comcast on the opening of this Lift Zone and look forward to the positive benefits it will bring to the Dover community.”

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