Bringing computers to those who need them most.
Community Connects is a Net Literacy program that has built hundreds of computer labs to increase computer access to the underserved. Community Connects provides a computer or computer lab to HUD and Section 8 apartment with 50 or more dwelling units, community centers, faith-based organizations, nonprofits, public libraries, and schools.
During the last three years, over 11,000 computers have impacted tens of thousands of individuals, and especially youths on the wrong side of the digital divide. Computer, Internet, and Internet safety training is taught to those individuals receiving access to computers and the Internet. For the last several years, over $1,000,000 has been invested in dozens and dozens of counties. This effort has been supported by numerous City Councils, Town Councils, Boards of Supervisors, County Commissioners, Mayors and Town Managers, including the Indianapolis and Fort Wayne mayors.
Student volunteers have also learned job and life skills while giving back to their community, as they have built dozens of websites for nonprofits not previously having an online presence (www.indynonprofits.org) and have strengthened communities by building community portals to bring neighborhoods together (www.neareastside.org).
One person at a time – Community Connects increases computer access where the digital divide is the greatest.