Testimony for House Bill 97, the Digital Connectivity Act of 2021 by Shanaysha Sauls, BCF President & CEO
Thank you, Chair Davis and Vice Chair Dumais and members of the Economic Matters Committee, for this opportunity to speak in support of House Bill 97, the Digital Connectivity Act
BCF’s response to the COVID-19 crisis began in mid-March with a series of emergency grants for distribution of food and essential supplies. Simultaneously, the foundation launched the COVID-19 Evolving Community Needs Fund, mobilizing $2.2 million – and counting – to address the far-reaching immediate, intermediate and long-term effects of the pandemic.
In March, as a wave of novel coronavirus cases shuttered schools and businesses, BCF rapidly launched the COVID-19 Evolving Community Needs Fund. The Fund was designed to meet immediate, intermediate, and long-range needs arising from what we knew—even then—would be a challenge unlike any we had ever faced. In just a few short months, generous individuals, families, foundations, and corporations contributed nearly $2.2 million to the effort.