With the support of the United Way, nearly $10,000 has been donated towards Avonova’s Project Click, enough to pilot the digital literacy project that will put computers and the Internet into 20 local households and at Shelterlink.
“With our city leading the way into a digital future, we want to make sure that no one gets left behind,” says Susan Kurtz, chair of the project steering committee.
United Way executive director Ryan Erb notes families who are unable to afford a computer and Internet service are at a significant disadvantage. Their kids can’t complete homework assignments, parents struggle to access job search engines and other types of service that many of us take for granted, he added.
Families and children are not the only population groups affected by limited access to technology. Seniors can feel isolated, particularly when family members are remote. Teens without access to technology develop a high sense of exclusion.
Rhyzome Networks has sponsored the Internet fees for the project and RIM donated 10 Blackberry PlayBooks.