Bridging the gap of digital access in underserved communities, a critical need during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Los Angeles (BGCMLA) was founded as a solution to reversing the opportunity crisis facing some of the most vulnerable children in the underserved neighborhoods of Los Angeles.
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, BGCMLA started its Community Recovery Fund, which seeks to provide digital programming and basic needs and supplies, including mental health resources, to alleviate disparities in the communities it serves; many are minority communities.
During the pandemic, BGCMLA learned that 54% of its members did not have access to Wi-Fi or other resources for distance learning. “Our kids would be a year behind after this pandemic,” said Patrick Mahoney, Chief Executive Officer. “A lot of our parents were driving their kids to stores with available Wi-Fi and sitting in the parking lot to connect to the internet.”
Pacific Premier’s $25,000 grant to BGCMLA’s Community Recovery Fund helped kids in need access educational tools like laptops, iPads, and Wi-Fi hotspots.