Greetings,

Do you think it is important for everyone to have access to a computer and the internet? If you’re like us, you’d want to see more programs available in underserved communities so that everyone, regardless of their income or education level, is able to get online. If technology access and training is important to you, consider supporting Community Technology Network with a tax-deductible donation. Donate online now or mail your contribution to 390 Valencia Street, San Francisco, CA 94103. Your donation will help CTN provide more resources and support to organizations throughout San Francisco that offer crucial technology services to their communities.


March Networking Event (CTN Connect Events)

We hope you had a chance to attend CTN’s March Networking Event, Helping Communities Successfully Maneuver Online Social Networking on March 17 with Jon Bansavich (USF) and Allen “Gunner” Gunn (Aspiration).
According to Randall Baird, a new participant, the event had, “Wonderful, friendly, and patient facilitators. Kami did a great job, and was very welcoming to me. This was my first event with CTN and I am going to do more of them based on this experience!”

Access shared resources on Social Networking through CTN’s website.

Request for Web-based Resources for Computer Centers

Your contributions are essential to the success of this project! If you currently manage or operate a technology center or have related resources that you would like to share with our community, please contact Winifred (Winifred@ctnbayarea.org). Examples of resources are lesson plans, worksheets, curricula, templates for administration and reporting, promotional materials, policy templates, or manuals outlining best practices for managing and operating computer centers. (Only submit copyrighted materials if you and CTN have permission to share it with our community, and please keep in mind that not all materials presented will become available immediately through CTN’s website.)


Volunteer for Access Now
Saturday, April 10, 8am-1pm

Many Chinatown residents have old or obsolete computer equipment, and software is often too expensive. At this event, certified ReliaTech technicians will diagnose computer problems for seniors and make simple repairs. Can you help Chinatown seniors at the event? Cantonese and Mandarin speaking volunteers are needed to greet people, translate for the technicians, and answer questions about the event. (Cantonese and Mandarin speaking volunteers ONLY.) Register here.

CTN Connect: Help your Community Understand Internet Safety
Tuesday, April 13, 4pm-6pm
Jewish Vocational Services, 225 Bush Street, Suite 400, San Francisco

Join Community Technology Network and JVS, and learn how to help clients protect themselves from internet fraud, identity theft, and threats to their safeties. Using a train-the-trainer curriculum created by Consumer Action, participants will discuss types of threats to watch, how to identify “phishy” E-mails, and strategies for recognizing and avoiding scams.

Space is limited. RSVP here.

CTN Fundraiser at Elixir Saloon
Wednesday, April 21, 9pm
Elixir Saloon, 3200 17th Street (at Guerrero) San Francisco

Join us for fun and fundraising, as CTN staff and volunteers tend bar at Elixir to raise fund on behalf of CTN. RSVP here, and tell your friends!


Good Neighbor Award

In 2009, CTN began working with Good Neighbors and Treasure Island Homeless Development Initiative (TIHDI) to develop their Tech Center. On March 13, 2010, CTN’s Executive Director, Kami Griffiths, accepted an award in recognition of CTN’s help with conducting needs assessments, providing lesson plans for courses, and coordinating and managing volunteers. With CTN’s assistance, they successfully launched their Tech Center, hosted free classes for Treasure Island residents, and are expanding the number and variety of classes they offer.


Volunteer at Year Up
Ongoing Volunteer Opportunity
210 Spear Street, San Francisco

Year Up is looking for weekly volunteers to support Information Technology classes by helping with assignments and homework. Tutors work with students on developing reading and critical thinking skills; study skills and test-taking strategies; and assist students with their studies of computer hardware, software, and networking. If you have questions or would like a tutor interest form, please contact, Sherry Suisman (ssuisman@yearup.org, (415) 512-7588, ext. 3512).


Thank you again for your interest in our work. If you are expecting money back from your taxes, please do consider making a donation to support CTN’s work in communities throughout San Francisco, as we strive to help underserved communities participate fully in digital society.

You can continue to support CTN by donating your time and skills as a volunteer, through in-kind donations of equipment, and by spreading CTN’s message throughout your communities. Please feel free to show your proud support of CTN on our Facebook page, and we hope to see you at one of our upcoming events.

Sincerely,

Kami Griffiths, Executive Director

Winifred Olliff, Program Coordinator




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