Project: Community Computers wants to thank everyone for their tremendous contributions to our campaign which ended New Year's Eve. (Happy New Year!) We're incredibly happy with how everything has turned out and forever grateful to everyone.
One of our biggest successes during our campaign was establishing a lab at Njala University in Sierra Leone in partnership with Milwaukee School of Engineering and Lawrence University. The support of everyone around us is exactly what makes the existence of our organization possible and with your help we are able to continue bridging the digital divide in places like Milwaukee and Sierra Leone.
While, the lab was tremendously well received by the students of Njala University, we were also able to garner a huge amount of publicity. Project:CC was featured on the front page of our hometown's newspaper. As well as on the Ubuntu Community Blog via Jono Bacon (the Ubuntu Community Manager). We were also mentioned on the Ubuntu Facebook page, which has nearly 1 million Likes. System76 was also kind enough to help share our campaign on innumerable occasions and we are continuing to receive laptop donations from them via their laptop recycling program.
Additionally, we're excited to be in the early stages of a few new projects and we'll be posting some information about them as our plans become more solidified. We're looking forward to preparing your perks and we will hopefully have a better idea when we can start sending them to donors in the next coming weeks.
Again, thank you everyone who has supported us. We look forward to continuing to serve our local and global communities in order to continue bridging the digital divide.Project: Community Computers
Project: Community Computers is on a mission to bridge the digital divide for communities in need by repurposing used technology. In less than four years, our group has partnered with various non profit organizations in Milwaukee to deploy over 20 computer labs in developing communities.
Developing communities aren't exclusively overseas, but can be found right here in the United States. When we’re not traveling abroad, we’re providing local non-profits with refurbished laptops pre-installed with open source software. Our impact has reached as far as improving the quality of education in rural Kenya to providing tools to find employment in inner city Milwaukee.
Currently we're working to provide every nonprofit in Milwaukee access to technology -- at no cost to them.
But, In order to accomplish our goal, we need your help. Project: Community Computers needs to raise $100,000 to cover our operational costs, including our own storage and office space and to hire a full time staff.We have a handful of awesome perks to express our gratitude for your contribution to our mission. Even if you can’t contribute financially, simply sharing our project with your friends can have an outstanding impact on our success.
The Project:CC Story
We started as a group of students helping local non-profits set up computer labs. A lot was learned since then about the non-profit community, setting up sustainable labs in every type of environment, our global community, and most of all we discovered Milwaukee.
We've grown to having labs in over 20 locations spanning 3 continents.
Our trips to various places abroad, like Kenya, Cameroon and India helped us to realize that the problems faced by people in these distant communities were similar to those faced by people in our hometown, Milwaukee. It's obvious that we can make a huge impact right here at home.
The P:CC Process
1. We acquire computers from places like school districts and corporations, as they upgrade to new technology.
2. We Install the Ubuntu operating system and an educational application bundle onto the donated computer.
3. We partner with a local nonprofit to deploy a computer lab with up to 30 computers.
By preloading open source software onto donated laptops, we’re reducing electronic waste and opening up new opportunities to impoverished people who have been left behind in technology. Everybody wins!In order for Project: Community Computers to continue bridging the digital divide and helping communities in need, we need your help. Please help us, help them by donating to our project or sharing our campaign with a friend. Every contribution counts!
Extra Stylin' Community Shirt (Example)
Includes names of some of the communities Project:CC has brought together through technology.
Thank You Picture Cards (Sample)
Timothy Westbrook Thank-you (sample)
If you'd like to find out more about Timothy check here!