WSFS Bank donates technology to area students
WSFS Bank, the primary subsidiary of WSFS Financial Corp., announced on Sept. 17 a $35,500 pledge from WSFS Bank and the WSFS Community Foundation to provide laptops, tablets and internet devices for students from low-to-moderate income families throughout the bank’s footprint.
As the pandemic has impacted school plans and curriculums, and with many districts turning to virtual or hybrid learning methods to start the school year, the need for technology devices for students has increased. The grants will be awarded to United Way of Delaware, for students in New Castle and Sussex counties; Independence Mission School in Philadelphia and Widener Partnership Charter School in Chester, Pennsylvania; and KIPP School, Camden, New Jersey.
“During this time of the year, WSFS typically runs a school supply drive with our Associates giving hundreds of baskets of supplies to schools in the most underserved areas,” said WSFS Bank Senior Vice President, Director of Community Strategy Vernita L. Dorsey. “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. 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.”
“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 United Way of Delaware President and CEO Michelle A. Taylor. “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.”
The WSFS Community Foundation previously provided $300,000 in grants to 21 local nonprofits engaged in the fight against COVID-19. In addition, WSFS Bank provided a $200,000 donation to four community development financial institutions to utilize for relief grants to help accelerate recovery efforts of local small businesses within the bank’s footprint.
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