UW Digital Navigator Network expands to collar counties

The need for reliable internet access came into sharp focus during the Covid-19 pandemic as classrooms went virtual – potentially leaving behind thousands of students who didn’t have personal computers or high-speed internet access at home.

United Way, in partnership with the City of Philadelphia, Comcast, and philanthropic and community partners, quickly launched PHLConnectED.

By calling our 211 Helpline, low-income and pre-K-12 student households were connected to trained professionals, or Digital Navigators, who helped them access free internet, devices, and digital literacy training.

Thanks to a generous grant from Comcast, the Digital Navigator Network is expanding throughout the region to cover Philadelphia, Bucks, Delaware, and Montgomery counties! The Network will also be duplicated for Pittsburgh area residents.

This expansion is a testament to our region’s unwavering commitment to empowering communities with the tools and knowledge needed to thrive in an increasingly digital-first world.

To learn more about the Digital Navigator Network, what this expansion means, and the work of our partners, read our latest blog post.

Thank you for standing #PhillySJUnited. Your support makes it possible for the continued growth of programs like the Digital Navigator Network.

Help keep this momentum going with a gift to United Way. Our impact would not be as great without you.