Kitchener-Waterloo

Families struggling to pay the cost of internet services just got a helping hand

Smart Waterloo Region was able to collect enough funds to help 1,500 families in the region pay for internet services, as students continue to access e-learning from home.

Contributions from 4 local charities will cover the costs of internet devices and fees until end of summer

Smart Waterloo Region and four local charities have raised enough funds to help cover the cost of internet services for 1,500 families. (Lisa Maree Williams/Getty Images)

As students continue to access e-learning from home, families struggling to pay for internet services just got a helping hand in covering the cost.

Smart Waterloo Region (SWR), along with four other local charities, was able to collect enough funds to cover the cost of internet services for 1,500 families.

Both the Waterloo Region District School Board and the Waterloo Catholic District School Board have been looking at ways to support students since schools were closed down in March.

The initiative found 1,500 households that were in need of financial aid to support children and youth at home with access to e-learning.

Part of SWR's work looks to provide better access to internet and technologies to support children and youth in the region, specifically those living in low-income families.

"One of the most positive things to come out of this pandemic is seeing how our community comes together in times of need," said Regional Chair, Karen Redman in a release.

"Keeping our children engaged and learning is crucial and the region is pleased that our Smart Waterloo Region network could help ensure every child has the access they need to make that happen."   

Contributions from the Cowan Foundation, the Fairmount Foundation, Astley Family Foundation and the Lyle S. Hallman Foundation, will cover the costs of devices like hot spots and high-speed modems, as well as monthly internet fees until the end of summer.

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