$20,000 Grant from Advantis Credit Union Gives Online Learners a Bandwidth Boost

Portland-based Advantis Credit Union is teaming up with Self Enhancement, Inc. (SEI) to support online learners. SEI is a local nonprofit focused on guiding underserved youth to realize their full potential.

The credit union’s $20,000 grant to SEI represents the first of many funded projects that are part of its Advantis Allies for Good community giving program, an ongoing commitment to allocating one-third of its annual community giving budget to programs supporting underrepresented and marginalized communities.

“As a co-op, we are committed to our founding principle of ‘People Helping People,’ and we’re reshaping our community giving to drive positive change,” said Jason Werts, Advantis President and CEO. “Our SEI grant to help students and families access critical education programs online is simply the beginning for us as we support addressing the inequality gap among Black, Brown, Indigenous, People of Color, LGBTQ+, and other underrepresented communities.”

Like millions of students across the country, many Oregonians are still struggling with distance learning due to problematic and spotty Internet connections at home.

While districts evaluate in-person classroom time, distance learning is likely to continue, and Advantis’ $20,000 SEI grant will directly help local economically disadvantaged students who are impacted by online access and connectivity issues.

It will provide greater bandwidth to increase internet accessibility for 66 households throughout the Portland Metropolitan area, making it easier for students to attend and participate in online classes and other learning activities.

“The kindness and generosity of Advantis Credit Union will play a powerful role in connecting disenfranchised students and their families to education,” said Tony Hopson, SEI President and CEO. “By providing access to the resources of the internet, as well as receiving technical and educational support, families will have new opportunities to grow their skills and successfully increase their access to information.” 

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