C.O.C.O.A. House and 4th Family Receive Chromebooks from Albany Broadcasting and United Way

A set of Chromebooks will help critical after-school and mentorship programs adapt to operate virtually.

Albany, NY – Albany Broadcasting recently partnered with United Way of the Greater Capital Region on its Chromebooks for Kids initiative, an effort to close the technology gap and help local students who are facing significant challenges learning remotely this year. 

The initiative raised $4,400 and is providing Chromebooks to 4th Family and C.O.C.O.A. House to be used by students at their after-school and mentorship programs.

“The current school year has been full of uncertainty for students, teachers and families – particularly for those students who may not have the resources for remote learning. We understand that closing the technology gap is critical for educators and students which is why Albany Broadcasting partnered with United Way on the Chromebooks for Kids promotion,” said the Albany Broadcasting Management team. 

“We’ve seen a big push around closing the technology gap for local students, but the reality is there are still holes. Community programs like these are providing critical support services to students who are really struggling with remote learning and other social impacts of the pandemic. Thanks to this partnership with Albany Broadcasting we’re able to ensure these programs are equipped to adapt and continue to operate safely,” said Peter Gannon, President & CEO of United Way of the Greater Capital Region.

“With so many changes happening in every aspect of young people’s lives, the need for personal connection and support is greater than ever,” said William Rivas, Executive Director of C.O.C.O.A. House. “We recently re-opened our doors and we’re taking all the necessary precautions to ensure our students and families feel safe at our programs – and acquiring the needed technology is currently a major challenge for us and many other community organizations.  We’re thankful for this donation of Chromebooks that will be put to immediate use to connect students with their mentors in our program with Union College.”

“Our students were already struggling with tough academic and behavioral challenges before the onset of the pandemic – and those issues are only intensified as a result of this crisis,” said Jahkeen Hoke, Co-Founder of 4th Family. “Thank you to Albany Broadcasting and everyone involved with this initiative.  These Chromebooks will allow us to quickly adapt and provide the best possible programming to our students even with these unprecedented circumstances.”                                                                              

Sponsors of the Chromebooks for Kids initiative included

ABC Sports and Fitness  |  Capital Bank  |  Smile Lodge


United Way of the Greater Capital Region is an organization that fights for the health, education and financial stability of every person in every community.  It unites donors, volunteers, and community organizations in a common mission to strengthen our community and improve social conditions in the Capital Region and beyond. Learn more at www.unitedwaygcr.org or Facebook.com/UnitedWayGCR.


Albany Broadcasting is a locally owned company in Latham, NY with six radio stations serving the Capital Region – WFLY, WYJB, WKLI, WAJZ, WROW & WINU. Learn more about Albany Broadcasting at www.pamal.com.