This $10,000 campaign will bring this program to 4 towns/cities in 12 months. and help Training Mentors connect, support, and train 100++ homeless people so they will have basic online tools to apply for a job.
There is a great need for the poor and disadvantaged to have equal access to the internet. There is a great “Digital Divide” between those who have access to the internet, and those who are denied. Greater Good Technology is planning to help fill this divide by offering cost-effective ways to bring computers and internet training to those who can’t afford this needed resource.
Greater Good Technology (GGT) is a new ministry developed by Catholic Web Services, LLC (non-profit) to help give disadvantaged people access & training in technology. We have developed a successful pilot program here in our hometown of Charlottesville, Virginia. Greater Good Technology’s program aims to help homeless people, by giving them a fair seat at the table to search for a job.
We help give each homeless person an identity: today’s society requires modern communications to be on a level field for employment. We help in finding cost-effective ways to acquire a personal cell phone, voice mail, and e-mail. Many who qualify for food assistance can get a cell phone through a FREE program, or need some financial help to get a phone.
Personal Connections are the heart of the training relationship.
Our Training Program: GGT has developed a training program to assist in learning basic skills in using computers, office skills, & job searching. GGT worked with local area social services to identify a person who could learn new computer skills and would then teach other homeless the same skills. The trainer is given a stipend for each person trained which is verified by online training system at Catholic Web Services.
GGT grants a Google Chromebook through our mentoring program to a person who is a good candidate to train others in his/her peer group. With the access to free wi-fi in many places, they can offer trainings to others and foster possibilities of employment and housing. The trainer continues to use the computer for training and personal use.
FREE Google Apps: Google offers a great way for the homeless to get modern office technology and store their work in the cloud.
What We Need & What You Get
This $10,000 campaign will bring this program to 4 towns/cities this year and help Training Mentors connect, support, and train over 100 homeless people so they will have basic online tools to apply for a job.
Improve the curriculum and online tools for one year in 4 locations. ($1,200 - $4,800/yr per location served)
- Funding for 4 Google Chromebooks ($800 - $200 ea x 4))
Training Mentor stipends: Training mentor receives $40 for each successful homeless peer assisted with training completed ( 100+ total trainings )
$10 - Founding Supporter
You'll parter a piece of this vision and help build a model of how
those transitioning from homelessness can help each other learn how to use
online tools to help them secure a job. You will be listed as a
Founding Supporter on our website.
$40 - Training Mentor Sponsor
Your contribution will provide the means to train and graduate one
homeless person who is seeking tools for employment. You will be
listed as a Founding Supporter on our website.
$100 - Training Mentor Friend
Your contribution will provide the means to train and graduate 2
homeless persons who are seeking tools for employment as well as help
build our online tools. You will be listed as a Founding Supporter
on our website.
$250 - Train the Trainer
Your contribution will provide the means for us to work with the local
non-profits to target and train a person who has transitioned from
homelessness, is seeking work, and has a desire to help others. You will
be listed as a Founding Supporter on our website.
$500 - Content Creation and web development
Your contribution will provide the means for us to build more
trainings and work with our Training Mentors to improve their skills.
You will be listed as a Founding Supporter on our website.
$1,000 - Local Chapter Trainings
Your contribution will provide the means to train and graduate 12
homeless persons who is seeking tools for employment. You will be
listed as a Founding Supporter on our website.
$5,000 - Open up a Chapter in your surrounding area.
Your contribution will allow GGT to open up service in your area. You
will be recognized as the Founding supporter in your town.
We are not Alone!
This program helps homeless and the poor in communities as an additional support to existing social services in your community. Our pilot program works well because we have partners in our community including: transitional housing providers, free wi-fi, library and drop-in center for computer access, electricity, showers, and social services.
Other Ways You Can Help
Some people just can’t contribute, but that doesn’t mean they can’t help:
If you are unable to give financial help at this time, your prayers are very much appreciated, and you can help by spreading the word about Greater Good Technology.
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And that’s all there is to it.
Team on This Campaign: