Connecting for Good, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that is bridging the Digital Divide in Kansas City by assisting under resourced residents with affordable connectivity, refurbished PCs & digital literacy training.
With it headquarters at 3101 Troost Ave. in Kansas City, Missouri, its mission is “To enable organizations and individuals to use technology to connect with one another in order to have a positive impact on society and the environment.” To accomplish this, they are working for in-home Internet access for all families, especially those in under resourced neighborhoods.
Their three-pronged strategy to accomplish this is: Connectivity, Hardware and Digital Literacy:
A. Affordable Broadband Internet in the Home -With Google Fiber’s launch, they work to encourage as many lower income families as possible to sign up and pay the $300 construction fee (payable in 12 monthly installments) for seven years of 5 Mb Internet access. They also can recommend other options for connectivity that are within a household’s budget. For the lowest income communities, such as public housing projects where Google Fiber is not a viable option, they are installing Wi-Fi. The Connecting for Good leadership team includes IT professionals who have installed several neighborhood Wi-Fi networks. The first such project was the free community Wi-Fi network at the Rosedale Ridge low income housing project which is a demonstration project for what they hope to bring to other low income neighborhoods across Kansas City.
B. Inexpensive Refurbished PCs - Without a computer at home, under resourced families are unable to advantage of all the benefits of Internet connectivity. Connecting for Good accepts donations of used PC equipment and offer these refurbished computers to low income residents at an extremely low price.
C. Digital Life Skills Training - By providing hands on experiences with broadband Internet, they believe they will understand what can be done online and see the possibilities for themselves. To accomplish this, they are developing a portable computer lab that can be setup in key locations in their targeted communities in order to introduce residents to the world of broadband computing. A group of committed volunteers is in place and they plan to connect with the libraries and other community institutions to conduct free training and awareness sessions
. Download the PDF Version of their Mission and Programs Statement.
Connecting for Good is a registered Kansas not-for-profit corporation #4563276 and has 501(c)(3) status with the Internal Revenue Service. Contributions are tax-deductible.
Digital Literacy Resources-Please share with anyone who is just learning to use the Internet.
(the PDF is a large file, you may wish to download it to view)
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