As schools across the state shifted to online learning last month, many local community college students found themselves dealing with an unforeseen challenge: either find a way to obtain a computer to participate in their courses remotely or fail to complete their classes. Thanks to funding from Coastal Credit Union Foundation, Kramden was able to distribute 150 laptops to Wake Tech and 100 laptops Durham Tech Community College students earlier this month. Kramden’s production team is now working on prepping an additional 75 laptops to help benefit a total of 175 Durham Tech students.
Coastal Credit Union has been a long-time partner of Kramden Institute, providing employee volunteer service hours and program funding since 2014. To date, 350 families have participated in Kramden’s Coastal-sponsored digital and financial literacy courses.
This week the foundation announced that it would provide a second round of funding in response to the COVID-19 pandemic in the form of $140,000 in unrestricted grants for several area nonprofits. The latest package includes a $50,000 grant to Kramden to help further provide computers to public school and community college students across the Triangle. The grant will allow Kramden to distribute devices to an additional 500 local families in need.
Thank you to Coastal for continuing to support Kramden in our mission to bridge the digital divide!