To better serve Kansas City’s urban core, Connecting for Good has established a new public access computer lab and learning center in the newly renovated Linwood Presbyterian complex, located near the intersection of Linwood Boulevard and Highway 71.
The center provides Internet access, training and resources to close the Digital Divide in an inner city community where as few as one in five households has a computer and in-home connection.
The facility has a computer lab that has free public access. Regular classes are conducted on computer basics and use of the Internet and email. It is also a place where high school students can bring their school-issued laptops and tablets to do their homework and other constructive activities.
The center has a special emphasis on providing digital skills to help area residents improve their employment possibilities. Workforce development classes go beyond basic digital literacy training to include more advanced classes in such topics as online job search, resume development, and basic Microsoft Word and Excel.
On September 4, we announced our effort to bring computers and Internet to the families at Pemberton Park. It is a facility in Kansas City, Missouri for low-income seniors who are raising their grandchildren. Over 70 school children live there with no computers and no way to get online.
Using wireless technology we are bringing in-home broadband Internet to the entire property. Additionally, we will bring PCs to every unit and hold classes to help the grandparents learn how to use them. We will equip them help the children in their care with their homework. Plus, they will be able to take advantage of all the benefits of being online themselves.
Thanks to these recent developments, this project is close to becoming a reality:
- Kansas City wireless Internet provider, KCweb, has donated a full year of Internet access for the property.
- We now have the dishes and wireless radios to link from the property to KCweb’s data center.
- Another Kansas City nonprofit organization has made a commitment to create a child-centered technology center to replace the old computer lab.
- A local trust has encouraged us to submit a grant proposal that will pay for PCs and software for every apartment at the complex.
We are now over two-thirds of the way to being fully funded!
|Microwave dishes and radios to connect to WISP|
|Short range point-to-point dishes (connecting buildings)||4||$87.00||$348.00|
|Wi-Fi Access Points||6||$84.00||$504.00|
|Computers for 36 Apartments||36|
|Computers for PC Lab||10|
|Wi-Fi Access Point Cabling||$250.00||$250.00|
|Labor & Services||$3,000.00||$1,200.00|
|Left to Raise||$3,152.00|
The final piece is funding needed to set up the Wi-Fi network that will bring free in-home Internet to every unit at Pemberton Park.
Please consider making a donation to get this project completed.
The Digital Divide effects children more than just about any other group. Without Internet access it is nearly impossible for them to succeed in school, making it harder to go on to live productive adult lives.
Pemberton Park for Grandfamilies is a unique low income housing facility. To live there, you must be a senior adult with legal custody of your grandchildren. This happens because of a parent’s death or incarceration and because of neglect, abuse, addiction and mental illness.
Despite their challenging circumstances, the children at Pemberton Park want to do well in school and even go on to college. Their grandparents are just as commited to their success. But they need our help.
With very limited incomes of less than $10,000 per household on average, there’s no extra money for computers or an Internet subscription. That’s why over 70 children living in this facility don’t have PCs or a way to get online at home.
With your support we can change that!
Connecting for Good has a plan to:
- Place a computer in all 36 units at Pemberton Park
- Bring free in-home Internet to every apartment
- Build a new 10 PC computer lab
- Train grandparents to use computers and the Internet so they can help the kids in their care – and take advantage of all the benefits it offers for themselves.
Won’t you join with us to make a difference in the lives of these special families?
For budget and technical info, see Pemberton Park Project Details