HIGHLIGHT SPONSORS “DIGITAL ACCESS” GRANT FOR LOW INCOME FAMILIES IN FAIRFAX
Highlight has sponsored Britepaths’ Digital Access Drive with a grant of $5,000 to support qualifying families facing limited digital resources during this upcoming school year.
This fall, students within Fairfax County will be attending school virtually due to the COVID-19 pandemic. For families facing economic hardship, online learning presents a major hurdle. Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) is offering families without internet access essential Wi-Fi and hotspot resources, however, FCPS anticipates an approaching shortage in these unforeseen back-to-school supplies. Additionally, low-income housing units – often characterized by inexpensive, industrial cinder-block construction – inefficiently provide adequate internet services as devices are consistently unreliable or completely inoperable.
In response, Britepaths is planning to supplement internet access for qualifying families by providing small grants of up to $500 per household paid directly to their local service provider. Each household grant will cover up to 6 months of internet service providing students the connection they require for distance learning.
Highlight is participating in this effort by sponsoring a dedicated “Digital Access” grant of $5,000, which will provide at least 10 families 6 months of high-speed internet access. “Highlight is a technology-focused firm that supports federal agencies including the FCC and Department of Education. We are pleased that we can help families in our community in a way that aligns with our support at the federal level. We appreciate Britepaths leading this initiative to help close the digital divide in Fairfax County,” said CEO Rebecca Andino.
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Highlight is an award-winning woman owned ISO® 9001, ISO 20000. ISO 27001, ISO 44001, ISO 56002 certified, CMMI-DEV Level 3 and CMMI-SVC Level 3 appraised woman-owned small business that provides critical services to more than 20 U.S. federal government customers. Using our HI-WAY™ best practices framework, we design and deliver solutions that integrate current systems and procedures, address all stakeholders, and seamlessly advance the mission. With over 10 years of federal contracting experience, we apply our proven transformation and evolution process to deliver quality services that balance agility, continuity, security, and compliance.
Britepaths’ mission is to provide our Fairfax County area neighbors in need with short-term safety-net services and empower them to work toward long-term self-sufficiency. For 36 years, we have been providing help and hope to struggling residents of the Fairfax County area. Similar to a business, we provide a service to the community called social impact. Social impact is the effect an organization’s actions have on the wellbeing of the community. Britepaths serves more than 7,000 households in Fairfax County, which is approximately 11.5 percent of the households who live at or below 200 percent of the federal poverty level.