The 2018 hurricane season has been extraordinarily active in parts of the U.S., with Hurricane Florence currently impacting millions in the Carolinas. As this natural disaster unfolds, the staff here at VolunteerMatch is doing its part to ensure that, if you are in an affected community, you are prepared and safe. And if you are looking to help with disaster relief efforts, you know about the most effective ways to contribute.
The Community Technology Network mission is to unite organizations and volunteers to transform lives through digital literacy.
Public services and essential information are increasingly moving online, and many people are unable to access those resources. Worldwide, 4.4 billion people have never been online, and some of those people live right in the tech-savvy San Francisco and Austin-areas.
Many fine organizations are working to spread Internet connectivity to the underserved, but access to technology is only a partial solution. As Community Technology Network founder Kami Griffiths says, "That’s like giving a car to someone who doesn’t know how to drive." Fortunately, Community Technology Network is working hard to close the digital divide through education and outreach. Because of Community Technology Network programs, people who have never used a computer before have learned to access social services online, video chat with family a continent away, read the news, and more.