A program in Harlem that teaches seniors how to navigate the internet has received a financial boost.
The Senior Connect program run by the First Corinthian Baptist Community Development Corporation received a $5,000 Spectrum Digital Education Grant Friday with the help of state Sen. Brian Benjamin.
The money was given to Senior Connect for its work helping seniors reconnect with their families and build self-confidence using technology.
The program teaches seniors things like navigating email, setting up social media accounts and even how to pay bills online.
"This pandemic has hit all of us in particular types of ways, but the senior community, those 50 and above, have been disproportionately affected by this," said Desiree Elder, executive director of the Dream Center. "For us, it was so important that we don't leave that community behind."
"I want to thank Spectrum for understanding that it is a public-private partnership," Benjamin said. "That is really what this is all about. Everyone needs to come together. We need to do our fair share, and when corporations are doing the right thing, we should say thank you."
The grant was given out by Charter Communications, which is NY1's parent company.