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WFLA: Grants aim to close the digital divide in Tampa Bay

WFLA: Grants aim to close the digital divide in Tampa Bay

(Sept. 29, 2020) — Families without adequate access to computers and high-speed internet are most at risk of being left behind in the new environment of virtual classrooms, hybrid education programs, and e-learning. This digital inequity is a nationwide problem that employees at Tech Data wanted to do something about.

Richard Hume, CEO of Tech Data, says the company’s culture of giving back to local communities is a bottom-up effort. Employees determine organizations and causes they want to support, form fundraising teams, and the donations they receive are matched by the company. Typically before the start of a new school year Tech Data employees hold back pack drives. But, recognizing this school year was vastly different, employees felt they had the opportunity, and responsibility, to do something about the digital divide. Read more and watch full story.