Lowcountry nonprofit donates computers to community center

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) – A non-profit organization that focuses on student success is donating 15 computers to the St Julian Devine Community Center.

This Computers for a Cause donation is part of the Tri-County Cradle to Career Digital Equity and Inclusion initiative.

The computers will remain inside the center, but all members of the community will be able to access them.

Ericka Plater of Tri-County Cradle to Career says she realized that digital equity and inclusion is not common to all communities. Therefore, they formed this initiative to work with community partners to help these communities gain equal resources.

During COVID-19, the reality of these inequalities was exposed and children were not doing well in school because they did not have access to the internet and computer equipment.

Plater says it’s one thing to have access to computer equipment, but knowing how to use it is important

“Digital equity and inclusion ultimately matters for two things,” says Plater. “First, to increase academic improvement for children, especially brown and black children who live in underresourced communities. Also, to ensure that parents and family members can use these same technologies to access basic needs.

Employment opportunities, training and financial support are just a few of these basic needs.

Plater says this donation is also about ensuring families in this community have access to the right resources to succeed.

Tri-County Cradle to Career is working to place community navigators in the St Julian Devine Community Center to help families get direct support related to internet service and access basic needs.

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