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Connecting for Good

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Adult Education, Economic Development, Education, Human Services, Senior Centers, Seniors, Telecommunications, Urban & Community Economic Development

Mission: Connecting for Good is committed to closing the Digital Divide in the Kansas City area so that all citizens, regardless of their incomes, have access to broadband Internet and affordable computers - and have the skills to improve their lives by becoming productive digital citizens.

Results: In the last two years we have provided nearly 3,000 refurbished PCs from donated equipment. Mosthave gone to inner city neighborhoods where fewer than 1 in 5 households own a computer according to the 2013 US Census. We make it easier by asking $75 for a complete system – and that can be done on layaway. Our workshop has scaled up and we are now producing nearly 200 Internet ready PCs a month. In 2014, 2,106 people from Kansas City’s urban neighborhoods learned about computer basics, e-mail and the Internet through our efforts. 244 class sessions were led by staff and volunteers at ten different sites in the urban core. 25% of those who participated had never used a computer. 80% were minorities and 75% had annual incomes of under $20,000. Two thirds of participants were women, most whom were over fifty and had at least one child living with them.

Target demographics: seniors, the disabled and low income families

Direct beneficiaries per year: 2,106 adults in free digital literacy classes, nearly 1,000 low income individuals with high quality refurbished computers and provide free Wi-Fi to 400 households in public and Section 8 housing projects.

Geographic areas served: the urban core of the Kansas City metro area

Programs: Free and affordable wireless Internet service, community technology centers, low cost refurbished PCs and free digital life skills classes.

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