Comcast Connects Local Family
Jan 16, 2015 11:28AM
● By Peri Kinder
It wasn’t just the opportunity to have free internet access or the ability for her children to use a laptop for homework assignments. For Nivia Zuniga, getting a computer had much more meaning, allowing the Honduran native to reconnect with loved ones.
“I’ve lived in this country for 18 years,” Zuniga said. “In 18 years, I haven’t seen my mom. But now we can Skype.”
Zuniga is an employee at the Boys & Girls Club of South Valley, transporting students from school to the club for afterschool programs. She also helps out in the classroom. When she heard of a Comcast program that offered computer and internet access for families who are financially eligible, Zuniga jumped at the chance.
Comcast was rolling out its Internet Essentials promotion that included a refurbished laptop for $150 and monthly internet access for $19.95 when Zuniga applied. The company selected her application, awarding her a free laptop and internet access for one year.
“Not all families can afford to get internet access in their homes,” BGCSV Communications Director Machelle Lake said. “Teachers are doing more online assignments. This opportunity allows homework to be done on time.”
Zuniga is taking computer classes through the club, learning keyboarding and program skills. Her son Johnathon, 14, attends Riverview Junior High and her daughter Angie, 15, is enrolled at Granger High School. Her oldest daughter, Lidia, 21, is taking classes at Salt Lake Community College.
“I’m so excited about this,” Zuniga said. “When the kids need to do a report for school, they need a computer. Now we have one.”