Continue Connecting Kansas City
It's been one month short of one year since smckc donated over 40 computers to Connecting for Good for Kansas City residents in need. In this time, CFG has donated over 200 computers to low income Kansas City residents, moved to a new space closer to the communities they serve at 3101 Troost and they are now offering digital literacy classes four days per week with a waiting list over 100 deep. The classes teach basic skills including how to set up an e-mail account, browse and search the internet, e-commerce basics and how to access online services such as educational, social service and employment websites. For those who qualify as low income and complete the class, CFG provides a laptop or desktop for just $50.00. As a participant in the Microsoft Registered Refurbisher Program, these PCs have fully licensed versions of Microsoft Windows 7 installed.
Michael Liimatta, President of Connecting for Good, recently shared a story with me of a local woman who struggled for over a year in search of employment, and after just one week of digital literacy classes at their space, she had enrolled in school and had landed two job interviews. These computers and workshop are making a difference in the lives of KC residents.
Connecting for Good is in need of MORE COMPUTERS! Some of the urban core neighborhoods that just barely qualified for Google Fiber need our help. Many of us volunteered to “Pain the Town Green” over the past couple years. Now these fiberhoods are qualified but are struggling to get connected. They need access to computers and they need help registering and learning internet basics. The goal is to collect 500 computers to be used in mobile computing labs in these fiberhoods with the lowest number of Google Fiber preregistrations, which are some of the areas with the highest percentage of low income families. With the computer and digital literacy training, our hope is that these residents can benefit tremendously by getting online. Some of the fiberhoods that need our help are:
Parkwood Park, KCK Splitlog Park, KCK
Sumner, KCK TriSplitlog Park, KCK
Banneker, KCK Wendall Phillips, KCMO
City Park, KCK Ivanhoe/Boston Heights, KCMO
Caruthers, KCK South Fork Creek, KCMO
Westside South, KCMO Blue Hills North, KCMO
Citadel, KCMO Hogan Prep Academy, KCMO
Klamm Park, KCK Vineyard Northwest, KCMO
Key Coalition North, KCMO Ivanhoe Southeast, KCMO
County 5, KCK Marlborough East, KCMO
What can you do? Bring any unwanted desktop or laptop computers to the Friday, October 4 smckc breakfast at Think Big. Tax receipts will be available. This will be the first of many Connecting for Good collections at various locations around Kansas City during the month of October. At any time you can also drop off computers at the Connecting for Good office at 3101 Troost.
We're also looking for volunteers to help lead a crowdfunding campaign to help these neighborhoods. Contact email@example.com or Aaron Deacon if you're interested.
Let’s help close the digital divide in Kansas City one computer at a time!