The Cuyahoga County Library has won a $50,000 grant from Google after winning the public vote of Google’s Impact Challenge Cleveland.
Google already handed out $50,000 apiece to four organizations that do worthwhile important work in our community,
The company allowed the public to vote who would get an additional $50,000.
The other groups that competed were: Ohio Guidestone; Burton, Bell, Carr Development Inc.; and MAGNET.
The Cuyahoga County Library will use the money to launch an internet hot spot program, which will allow students in high school equivalency classes to take home a free internet hot spot.
The program will start this fall with around 200 hot spots distributed through the county library branches and other community sites.
"This means we will be able to serve twice as many people," Sari Feldman, executive director of the Cuyahoga County Public Library, said.
More than 60 local non-profits submitted ideas to Impact Challenge Cleveland, part of the Grow with Google initiative, after the challenge was announced in May.