TD Charitable Foundation supports STCC students with Internet Access gift
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – The TD Charitable Foundation, the charitable giving arm of TD Bank, recently donated $10,000 to pay for Wi-Fi hotspots given to students studying online this semester at Springfield Technical Community College.
The donation was sent to the STCC Foundation, which helps STCC meet its goals and commitments to provide superior educational opportunities in the community.
“The COVID-19 pandemic has led many to pivot to a remote learning environment and as a result, equal access to education is now dependent upon digital access,” said Steve Webb, Regional President, Southern New England, TD Bank. "TD Bank is proud to help STCC students continue their studies by providing much-needed home Wi-Fi access.”
The contribution was made as part of the TD Community Resilience Initiative, a comprehensive program of the TD Ready Commitment, the bank's corporate citizenship platform. The TD Community Resilience Initiative includes funding, employee engagement and on-going collaboration with organizations and community groups across TD’s operating footprint that are critical now and into the future.
Denise Hurst, Vice President of Advancement & External Affairs, said STCC is thrilled and grateful for the financial support. Many students are struggling during the pandemic and cannot afford internet access to study from home, she said.
“The digital divide is a true reality for many of our students. They are facing a myriad of financial struggles during the pandemic and the cost of a computer and internet access to be able to work on their academics at home is not affordable,” Hurst said. “We express our sincere appreciation to TD Charitable Foundation for the gift, which will help our students achieve success.”
Students can borrow mobile hotspots, which are small boxes with a cell phone data plan, and take them anywhere to access the internet for studying. The units create hotspots, which are areas where a user can access the internet using Wi-Fi. They are available at the STCC Library.
TD Bank through its charitable giving arm, the TD Charitable Foundation, carries a legacy of supporting not-for-profit institutions and their important work throughout our region. Since its inception in 2002, the foundation has contributed over $251 million in grant funding to not-for-profit organizations.
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About Springfield Technical Community College
STCC, the Commonwealth's only technical community college, continues the pioneering legacy of the Springfield Armory with comprehensive and technical education in manufacturing, STEM, healthcare, business, social services, and the liberal arts. STCC's highly regarded workforce, certificate, degree, and transfer programs are the most affordable in Springfield and provide unequalled opportunity for the vitality of Western Massachusetts. Founded in 1967, the college – a designated Hispanic Serving Institution – seeks to close achievement gaps among students who traditionally face societal barriers. STCC supports students as they transform their lives through intellectual, cultural, and economic engagement while becoming thoughtful, committed and socially responsible graduates.
About the TD Charitable Foundation
The TD Charitable Foundation is the charitable giving arm of TD Bank, America’s Most Convenient Bank®, one of the 10 largest commercial banking organizations in the United States. Since its inception in 2002, the Foundation has distributed over $243 million through donations to local nonprofits from Maine to Florida. More information on the TD Charitable Foundation is available at https://www.tdbank.com/corporate-responsibility/the-ready-commitment/funding-opportunities/
About TD Bank, America's Most Convenient Bank®
TD Bank, America's Most Convenient Bank, is one of the 10 largest banks in the U.S., providing more than 9.5 million customers with a full range of retail, small business and commercial banking products and services at more than 1,220 convenient locations throughout the Northeast, Mid-Atlantic, Metro D.C., the Carolinas and Florida. In addition, TD Bank and its subsidiaries offer customized private banking and wealth management services through TD Wealth®, and vehicle financing and dealer commercial services through TD Auto Finance. TD Bank is headquartered in Cherry Hill, N.J. To learn more, visit www.td.com/us. Find TD Bank on Facebook at www.facebook.com/TDBank and on Twitter at www.twitter.com/TDBank_US and www.twitter.com/TDNews_US.
TD Bank, America's Most Convenient Bank, is a member of TD Bank Group and a subsidiary of The Toronto-Dominion Bank of Toronto, Canada, a top 10 financial services company in North America. The Toronto-Dominion Bank trades on the New York and Toronto stock exchanges under the ticker symbol "TD". To learn more, visit www.td.com/us.
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