Through our monthly electronic updates, we look forward to sharing information with you about Community Technology Network (CTN) and other Bay Area organizations, programs, or events related to the field of community technology. CTN builds the capacity of organizations that provide computer access and training and facilitates the learning and sharing of computer skills.

Many of you know CTN through our volunteer program. For over a year we've offering monthly trainings on how to become a com- puter tutor. These tutors have helped people learn how to use the computer in under- served communities all over San Francisco. We are currently redesigning the volunteer program to better support volunteers, community technology providers, and the individuals they serve. Watch for more information in future newsletters or visit our website.

Even though we aren't currently recruiting computer tutors, CTN continues to rely on the support of volunteers to help with other important projects. If you are interested in volunteering as a grant writer, conducting research, or assisting with events, please let us know!

Helping Communities Successfully Maneuver Online Social Networking
Wednesday, March 17, 2010, 4:00 PM
USF Center for Instruction & Technology
2350 Turk Street, San Francisco

Join CTN for our first Meetup of 2010! Whether your organ- ization is an early adopter of online social networking or not your community is probably curious about it. Meet subject matter experts who will lead a dis- cussion focused on how community technology leaders can help communities successfully navigate the new terrain of online social networking. The event is free, but space is limited, so RSVP here.

CTN Fundraiser at Elixir Saloon
Wednesday, April 21, 2010, 9:00 PM
Elixir Saloon 3200 17th Street (at Guerrero), San Francisco

CTN staff and volunteers will be tending bar at Elixir for a second year in a row to help raise money for our work. Join us for some fun and fundraising! Let us know if you're coming, RSVP here, and tell your friends!

Expanding Broadband Access and Adoption in Under- served Communities
CTN is presenting at this year's NTEN Nonprofit Technology Conference. We will sit on a panel with Communities Connect Network (CCN) from Seattle and ZeroDivide from San Francisco to discuss building the capacity of organizations to support community technology providers. This will include best practices and challenges for increasing technology and broadband adoption. Speakers will include Karen Manuel (CCN), Kami Griffiths (CTN), and Ruth Williams (ZeroDivide)

Friending Community Technology Centers in the World of Social Networks
Leading San Francisco community technology providers will discuss creating socially responsible relationships in Community Technology Centers (CTCs). Speakers include Brittney Fosbrook and Scott Reed (Homeless Prenatal Program), Salena Bailey (San Francisco Network Ministries), and Karl Robillard (St. Anthony Foundation).

Learn about Online Social Networking with a Purpose: San Francisco Public Library
The Community Living Campaign (CLC), in partnership with the San Francisco Public Library, is offering free introductory sessions about social networking and Tyze, a free online service to end isolation and loneliness and help rebuild community for people facing life's challenges. All sessions are free. You may pre-register at

Free Web Production and Windows Basics Classes: City College Downtown Campus
Free tuition, easy to enroll as a non-credit student, access to online course materials, discounted software, access to City College's job search resources, AND an instructor who is committed to helping you learn! Click here for more information or email

If you would like to share information about organizations, programs, or events related to the field of community technology, please email Winifred Olliff, Program Coordinator (

We would like to recognize the hard work and dedication of a few people that have given to the organization. Brittney Fosbrook, Karl Robillard, and Wolfram Alderson are unfortunately unable, for various reasons, to continue their board service. These individuals were integral in helping CTN become a viable organization and their guidance helped shape our direction and impact. We would like to thank them for their service. We wouldn't be here without you!

We would also like to recognize the departure of Marc Smolowitz from the board. Marc is a founding steering committee member who will be transitioning to the role of ex-officio board member.

Winifred Olliff is CTN's newest staff addition. Winifred, a Northwestern University School of Music graduate, joined CTN this fall after completing two years of Peace Corps service in Albania. There she helped establish and manage a computer center. As CTN's Program Coordinator you will see her at meetings, organizing events, coordinating volunteers, and much more. Please introduce yourself! Email

CTN is sincerely grateful to all those who have supported CTN in the past. In addition to the support of Full Circle Fund and the California Consumer Protection Foundation, CTN received more than $6,000 in individual donations last year. We need your support to continue addressing the digital divide by bringing people together to share and learn computer skills. Please consider donating to CTN today. Click here to support CTN!

CTN also invites you to contribute by volunteering, donating equipment, and telling others about CTN, its programs, and the importance of promoting digital literacy and access to technology in your communities.

Thank you for your interest in CTN, and we look forward to seeing you at one of our upcoming events!


Kami Griffiths, Executive Director

Winifred Olliff, Program Coordinator

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