United Way’s 211 Hotline Helps Connect Thousands of Students to the Internet through PHLConnectED

United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey is proud to convene forces and serve as the primary coordinating partner for PHLConnectED, a multi-year program to help K-12 Philadelphia students connect to the internet. PHLConnectED is a collaborative partnership between The City of Philadelphia, School District of Philadelphia, Comcast, and multiple philanthropic partners. The partnership with PHLConnectED is a critical step in supporting digital literacy to build stronger communities to reduce poverty in our region.

The pandemic has only underscored what we already knew to be true—digital access is essential for education and work opportunities,” said Bill Golderer, President & CEO of United Way. “Our 211 hotline makes it easy for people who need help to find programs and resources in their community. We are leveraging the power of 211, and our trained resource navigators stand ready to connect our neighbors with digital access opportunities.”

As of Oct. 21, after a media campaign, surveys and canvassing, it had been able to bring over 11,000 families online since March. Learn more about PHLConnectED & PA 211.

*Photo credit: Julia M. Cameron