About 10 Comcasters have received special permission to volunteer in-person the last weekend of August in Eugene to support “Project Hope,” a collaboration of businesses, non-profits, and faith-based organizations which will help the most vulnerable schoolkids in the area start the school year off right.
The two-day event will take place at five different sites in the Eugene, Springfield, Bethel, and Junction City school districts. “The students are identified by their respective school districts as needing the most assistance,” says Rebecca Brown, leader of Comcast’s Community Impact team. “We will be there to promote our Internet Essentials program, and sign families up, but even more exciting: We’ll be holding drawings for 150 laptops and Chromebooks!”
Patti Buss is the Director of Project Hope, now in its 11th year. “We are able to serve about 3,000 kids, providing not only new shoes and socks, but haircuts, and backpacks stuffed with school supplies.” Buss calls it a “dignifying event” and says Comcast’s involvement is “the icing on the cake.” “This past year has highlighted that the technology gap is real for families with economic barriers,” she says. “I can’t wait to see the looks on the kids’ faces as they receive new laptops or Chromebooks.”
Comcast’s partner in Project Hope is OnwardEugene, a non-profit aimed at inclusive prosperity in the region.