Reserve your seat at RSVP Auction & Fundraiser, November 13




Help preserve Bordner Cabin in Swatara (PA) State Park on Wednesday, October 19

bordnercabinHow would you like to spend a day in the woods, helping to preserve historic Bordner Cabin in Swatara State Park in northern Lebanon County?

From 9am to 4pm you can help other volunteers stain this deep woods structure.

For directions and information please contact:

  • Jo Ellen Litz, Lebanon County Commissioner, 717-228-4427,
  • Margie Groy, RSVP Lebanon County Coordinator, 717- 454-8647,

RSVP is looking for a 21st CCLC Program Coordinator.

Love working with children?

Make a difference by coordinating Elementary After School and Summer Programs at the Newport School District! 

REQUIREMENTS: Understand needs of students, parents, teachers and the community. Excellent oral and written skills. Familiar with grants, proposal writing and budgets. Experience with Word, Excel, databases and the Internet.

RESPONSIBILITIES: Hire and manage personnel and volunteers, including schedules, timesheets/volunteer hours reports, duties, staff meetings and conflicts. Recruit and enroll students. Communicate with students, staff and volunteers.

Attend RSVP staff meetings, conferences, school board and community meetings. Some travel.

Full-time, 37.5 flexible hours per week (based on the after school and summer programs) 

$26,325 per annum

BENEFITS: vacation and personal days, retirement contribution, health insurance

Send resume, references and writing sample to:     Deadline October 17





Internet Essentials: Another twist on low-cost broadband service for low-income Americans

Comcast, the cable TV giant, is the biggest name in the low-cost internet business with a program called Internet Essentials. If you live in areas of the country served by Comcast and you qualify, you can now get Internet Essentials for just $9.95 per month instead of the $40–60 (after teaser promotions) the company charges for its lowest cost basic plan. As of August 2014, over 1.4 million kids from 350,000 families now are online thanks to the wonderful program.

Consider this important statistic: Only 45% of families earning under $30,000 currently have broadband service in their homes. This puts those parents and their children at a huge disadvantage when it comes to finding and applying for jobs, communicating with doctors, completing homework and other everyday tasks that more affluent families take for granted.

Internet Essentials costs just $9.95 a month and delivers a blazing fast 10 Mbps download speed. Qualifying families will even be able to purchase a computer for only $149.99. There are no activation fees and no additional equipment fees, and your internet now comes with a wireless router.

You also get the world famous Norton Security Suite which gives you professional online security. It’s a $160 value, but you get it absolutely free.

Great news for America’s senior citizens: Internet Essentials conducting pilot program for seniors

And finally, Internet Essentials gives you free parental control features to help protect your kids whether they’re doing their schoolwork or just playing on the internet.

How to qualify for Internet Essentials

To qualify for Internet Essentials and get a low-cost computer and high-speed internet access for just $9.95 per month, a family must have at least one child eligible to receive a reduced or free school lunch through the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) (recently broadened to include students in private schools, parochial schools and homeschooled students). Schools designated at “Provision 2” automatically qualify all students.

There are two restrictions that you must be aware of:

  1. You cannot have been a Comcast internet subscriber in the last 90 days. If you want to get Internet Essentials, you are going to need to cancel (if you contract allows) your service and call Internet Essentials to sign up after three months.
  2. You cannot have a Comcast bills that is over 12 months past due. However, if you have an overdue bill from just within the last 12 months, Comcast has recently changed the rules and will accept you as an Internet Essentials customer, provided you agree to the payment plan they work up to pay off the late bills.
  3. You cannot have any unreturned equipment.

Of course, you have to be in an area served by Comcast, but you’ve got a good chance, since Internet Essentials is available in more than 4,000 school districts in 39 states plus the District of Columbia.

READ ALSO: Internet Basics: inexpensive internet for low-income Americans

The states we show as having Comcast Cable available are: Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin and the District of Columbia (DC). If you don’t see your state on the list, you should still check with Comcast in case they’ve added service in a state since we wrote this.

Once enrolled, a customer will be able to continue receiving Internet Essentials service at the same low price as long as at least one child in their household continues to qualify for a reduced or free lunch under the National School Lunch Program.

Internet Essentials originated when Comcast acquired NBC. In order to win FCC approval, Comcast agreed to “increase broadband deployment in low income households” for three years. In 2014 they said they would like to run the program “indefinitely.”

Cities and Towns with Internet Essentials

This is not an exhaustive list but shows most of the cities and towns where Comcast Internet Essentials is available: Pennsylvania: Altoona, Greensburg, Harrisburg, Johnstown, Lancaster, Lebanon, Levittown, Mechanicsburg, Norristown, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Pottstown, Reading, Scranton, State College, West Chester, Wilkes Barre, York.

Recent Articles on Internet Essentials

Finally: HUD approves internet access program for low-income seniors– Seniors in all of Comcast’s markets can now apply for the company’s Internet Essentials program to obtain internet access for $9.95 per month. It’s also offering technical training, digital literacy programs, and devices for senior citizens in those communities.

Huge Internet Essentials expansion: $10 per month plan now available to HUD families with no children – If there’s one complaint we hear most often here at, it is that none of the low-income Internet plans are available to families without children. Well, Comcast and its Internet Essentials program has taken a big step toward solving that problem.

More good news for America’s poor: Comcast bringing cheap internet to public housing residents – Comcast just announced that it has begun rolling out its low-income, high-speed Internet Essentials plan to residents of public housing.