In 2020, COVID-19 had an unprecedented effect on the McGivney Community Center. The Center had to closed its doors for three and a half months, but through partnerships and pivoting, the McGivney Community Center developed 3 innovative ways to serve its families remotely and in-person while adhering to social distancing guidelines.
Free Mobile Wifi
The McGivney Community Center in partnership with the Cardinal Shehan Center, City of Bridgeport Lighthouse Program, Superintendent of Bridgeport Public Schools, and AT&T presents the launch of the of the free mobile wi-fi hotspot in Bridgeport, Connecticut on Tuesday, May 5, 2020.
The free mobile wi-fi hotspot provided internet access to youth in Bridgeport to log into educational portals to complete their work during school hours and after school hours to participate in online programming and activities. This program’s launch helped to address a gap in service needs in the region. As a center, we understood how important it was for parents to have their child succeed, so as result, the free mobile wi-fi hotspot buses was stationed at various locations throughout the City of Bridgeport during different time frames for families to access.
McGivney Community Center
338 Stillman Street
Bridgeport, Connecticut 06608
Tuesdays: 3pm-5pm; Wednesdays:11am-1pm
Central High School
1 Lincoln Blvd
Bridgeport, CT 06606
Mondays: 10:00am-12pm; Wednesdays: 10am-12pm
Bassick High School
1181 Fairfield Ave
Bridgeport, CT 06605
Tuesdays:1pm-2:30pm; Thursdays: 1pm-2:30pm
For any questions, please contact Joe DeSabella at Jdesabella@mcgivney.org
** Please note that this program has ended**
The Free Supper Program is sponsored by the Fairfield Community Foundation through their Covid19 Resiliency Fund along with anonymous local donors. Currently, the program has allowed the McGivney center to partner with Vazzy Restaurants and local restaurants to serve 50 (families of 4) McGivney and Shehan Center low income families, of a vulnerable population, with hot dinners, free of charge, 4 times per week for 6 weeks. Meals were served Tuesday – Friday from 3:00pm-4:30pm from Friday, April 24th- Friday, June 5th. Members pulled up curbside and received a meal that fed 4 people.
**Please note that this program ended June 5, 2020**