Since the launch of ConnectHome in July, the 28 communities involved in the pilot have been working hard to help end the digital divide. This work, as you may suspect, has come with some challenges.
One of those challenges is the access to low-cost Internet-enabled devices and the upfront costs of some of the Internet offerings.
Through this fundraiser, we seek to raise enough funds to subsidize the cost of at least one device and up to 10 months of free service or a mobile hotspot for every family with K-12-aged children living in HUD-assisted housing across the 28 communities selected for this pilot.
Our hope is to raise $2 million through this fundraising campaign in the next three months.
Already, GitHub has committed $250,000 to this device effort and its CEO will be issuing a challenge to Silicon Valley companies to step up and make an investment in ConnectHome. Learn more about what GitHub is doing here.
Here are some examples of what your donation can do:
- $25 eliminates shipping costs for up to 10 families.
- $100 secures one affordable tablet or digital learning device.
- $1,000 provides devices for up to 10 families.
- $10,000 provides devices for up to 100 families.
- $50,000 provides devices for up to 500 families.
Interested? We hope so.
You can donate to the fundraiser at https://www.crowdrise.com/connecthomedevicesfo/fundraiser/everyoneon or http://bit.ly/1XPqCUV.
Be sure to spread the word through your networks. Use the hashtag #ConnectHome and tag @GitHub and @Everyone_On on Twitter so we can show our thanks.
As always, we believe that the digital divide is 100 percent solvable. And, that no matter where you live, who you are or what your parents make, you should have the access to technology and the opportunity it provides.