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Elders eager to improve their computer skills face hurdles these days at the Marlborough Senior Center, where they must wait to take turns on just four computers. The city’s many Brazilian-born Portuguese speakers often don’t register since classes aren’t offered in their native language.
Despite limited local funds, the center will soon get several of its wishes, including a Portuguese-speaking computer instructor, plus 10 new laptops and tablets that seniors can bring home to practice. It’s all possible thanks to a Woburn-based foundation that is increasing its philanthropic outreach and energizing small nonprofits around the region.
Earlier this summer, Cummings Foundation began sending out checks for $100,000 each to public institutions and nonprofit agencies across Greater Boston, including 14 recipients in communities west of Boston.