NJM committing $50K to Trenton Wi-Fi Initiative

N.J. estimates nearly quarter-million kids — including more than 1,000 in Trenton — have issues getting internet access

NJM Insurance Group in West Trenton. (File photo)

NJM Insurance Group, in a continuing effort to support the communities it serves, made a second donation to the New Jersey Pandemic Relief Fund. This time, the company has committed $50,000 to the Trenton Wi-Fi Initiative.

The program will provide Wi-Fi hot spots for Trenton K-12 students engaged in online learning. NJM is headquartered in West Trenton.

CEO Mitch Livingston said the company was happy to participate in such a worthwhile initiative.

“With many school districts utilizing remote learning, it is critical to equip students and their families with the resources they need to succeed,” he said. “As part of NJM’s commitment to support the communities we are privileged to serve, we are proud to contribute to the New Jersey Pandemic Relief Fund and this vitally important initiative.”

According to the state Department of Education, an estimated 231,000 devices, including hardware and connectivity devices, are needed to bridge the digital divide in the state. The need to address the digital divide is even more critical in urban areas like Trenton, where more than 1,200 students lack internet service. NJM’s funding will help cover the cost of 1,200 Wi-Fi hot spots and internet service for one year.

“COVID-19 magnified the challenge of ensuring that all students have access to technology across the country and in Trenton, where NJM was founded,” Livingston said.  “Our goal in supporting this initiative is to help our youth reach their academic potential.”

Earlier this year, NJM announced a $400,000 commitment targeting nonprofits, including the New Jersey Pandemic Relief Fund, to assist families, businesses and communities impacted by the pandemic.

Founded in 1913, NJM is a leading property casualty insurer in the Mid-Atlantic region. The company offers workers’ compensation, auto, homeowners, renters and umbrella coverage in New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Connecticut.