5,269 STUDENTS. That's How Many Kids A Recent Survey Conducted By A Local School District Revealed Don’t Have Access To A Laptop At Home.
When it was announced that students would have to complete part, if not the rest of the school year virtually due to COVID-19. Our organization couldn’t help but think about how this would impact students who don’t have access to laptops because of financial reasons. So we thought about how we could use The Mainframe’s platform to help K-12 students widen their access to permanent technology.
After we announced that Microsoft boldly stepped up to the plate in assisting with our fundraising efforts by internally raising funds among their entire network of employees, affiliates, subsidiaries and partners. A groundswell of inquiries were received from the general public, organizations and other companies asking how they could also support by donating.
This campaign is bigger than just giving students the ability to finish out the rest school year. This is about giving kids something that most of us take for granted: exposure, opportunity and access to information.
HOW WILL THE FUNDS BE USED?
Students impacted by schools transitioning to virtual learning need access to short term and long term solutions for what is commonly known as "The Digital Divide". The proceeds from this fundraiser will be used to purchase laptops at an average cost of $200 average per student. Our only limitation being how much money we can raise.
RESOURCES AND SUPPORT:
Our organization will work with local school districts and local organizations to identify students in need of a device. We also welcome in-kind donations that directly support our mission.
HOW CAN I HELP?
•Donate. Even if it's a small amount. Every dollar helps.
•Share/post the link to the fundraiser with a personal message about why this campaign matters to you.
•Invite people in your network to donate.
•Tag folks that might be able to help spread the word.
•Email us with feedback/suggestions on how we can better support technology talent.
WHO IS THE MAINFRAME? WHO CAN I CONTACT?
The Mainframe is a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization providing Black technology entrepreneurs, innovators and small businesses with tailored programming, strategic planning and the resources needed to build tech integrated businesses, products and services.
Learn more about our organization at www.themainframeinc.com
You can reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org with questions or concerns.