ROANOKE, Va. (CBS19 NEWS) -- A national wireless carrier has announced millions in investments in Virginia, including support for nonprofits in Central Virginia.

According to a release, UScellular put $29.4 million toward its network in Virginia last year, including $13.7 million in network upgrades and 5G modernization to enhance connectivity.

The company has also donated supplies to help nonprofits, including giving the Boys and Girls Clubs of Central Virginia $1,000 in supplies and giving the Sexual Assault Resource Agency and the Fountain Fund 25 hotspots each.

These hotspots are part of the After School Access Project, which aims to provide technology and service to help connect youth to the Internet.

“Whether we are building a new cell tower or donating a hot spot to help a student do their homework, we are investing in the future of Virginia,” said Nakeita Stewart, director of sales and operations for UScellular in the Mid-Atlantic. “We are committed to being a part of the communities we serve and ensuring our customers can connect to what matters most.”

UScellular says it is going to extend its pledge to help connect youth this year, committing up to $13 million in new funding across the country to address the “homework gap” among those who lack access to reliable Internet service when not at school.

The After School Access Project is also accepting applications from eligible nonprofits.

It will provide hotspots and two years of service to organizations that support youth after the end of the school day through safe Internet access.

Across the country, this program has already provided more than $12 million to support more than 100 organizations.

Along with the two Charlottesville nonprofits, other organizations in Virginia that received hotspots include the Up Foundation, the Park View Community Mission,, the YMCA of Virginia Blue Ridge, the YWCA Central Virginia, the Boys and Girls Club of Blue Ridge, the Boys and Girls Clubs of SW Virginia, and SML Good Neighbors.

For more information on the After School Access Project, click here.