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Students in Delaware are among those benefiting from WSFS device grant

The Wilmington-headquartered bank pivoted from donating baskets of school supplies to pledging $35,000 for laptops in students in Delaware, Pennsylvania and New Jersey.

Tech devices are a necessity for virtual and hybrid schooling. (Photo by Pexels user August de Richelieu, used under a Creative Commons license)

WSFS is joining the effort to ensure that Delaware students have access to technology devices as schools have implemented virtual and hybrid curricula due to the COVID-19 pandemic, expanding on programs like the Discover Bank-financed NERDiT Foundation laptop initiative serving the Wilmington area.

United Way of Delaware is one of four area organizations (including Independence Mission School in Philadelphia, Widener Partnership Charter School in Chester and KIPP School in Camden, New Jersey) pledged to receive a total of $35,000 from the WSFS Community Foundation to provide laptops and other devices to low and moderate-income families. Devices will be distributed by the United Way to students in New Castle and Sussex counties.

“Delaware, like the majority of the country, has experienced challenges in ensuring children from vulnerable communities have access to the tools necessary to navigate virtual learning in their homes,” said Michelle A. Taylor, president and CEO of United Way of Delaware, in a statement. “Many families are not in the position to secure the technology necessary for distance learning. Thanks to WSFS, we’ve been able to galvanize resources to place devices in the hands of families that need them most.”

WSFS typically has an annual school supply drive for school in underserved schools in the bank’s footprint.

“In the current environment, we understand technology is the most needed school supply to ensure every child has the opportunity to participate in online learning,” said Vernita L. Dorsey, SVP and director of community strategy at WSFS Bank. “For WSFS, it was the right thing to do, at the right time. This initiative aligns with the WSFS Community Foundation’s mission and our commitment to serve and help those in need in our communities to live a good life.”

For information on how to access this resource, go to Delaware211.org or dial 211.

Companies: United Way of Central Maryland

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