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OCTOBER 18, 2017 Our 2nd Annual State of Digital Inclusion Breakfast is Coming Up!
Tags: Digital Inclusion Event Money Smart KC

Join us for our Second Annual State of Digital Inclusion Breakfast—this year we are celebrating the success of Money Smart KC, and the financial organizations committed…

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OCTOBER 18, 2017 CEO Tom Esselman Thanks Google Fiber & City Council for Community Connections Challenge
Tags: Community Connections Challenge Digital Inclusion Google Fiber

Public Testimony To the Neighborhood and Public Safety Committee of the KCMO City Council Wednesday, October 4, 2017 by Tom Esselman, CEO of Connecting For…

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SEPTEMBER 14, 2017 The ABCs of student success through technology
Tags: Digital Literacy Parent Engagement

Easy ways parents can support kids in school School is back in session and children are learning new things every day. There are good lessons…

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JUNE 3, 2016 University of Michigan Graduate Students spend time working with Connecting for Good; Local Kansas City & Digital Divide leadership
Tags: Digital Divide Kansas City University of Michigan

University of Michigan Grad Students Work with CFG We want to give a huge thanks to the four Master's students from University of Michigan Ross Business…

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OCTOBER 16, 2015 New Linwood Area Computer Center Opens
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To better serve Kansas City's urban core, Connecting for Good has established a new public access computer lab and learning center in the newly renovated Linwood Presbyterian complex, located…

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SEPTEMBER 24, 2015 Pemberton Park Project Update
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On September 4, we announced our effort to bring computers and Internet to the families at Pemberton Park. It is a facility in Kansas City,…

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SEPTEMBER 5, 2015 Get Internet & PCs to Kids at Pemberton Park
Tags: Community Digital Divide Kansas City Pemberton Park

Digital Divide effects children more than just about any other group. Without Internet access it is nearly impossible for them to succeed in school, making…

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AUGUST 13, 2015 About Us
Tags: Connecting For Good Digital Divide Kansas City KC Public Schools

The Digital Divide is very real in Kansas City.  We believe it is one of the most important social justice issues of our day. 25%…

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JULY 17, 2015 Two Awards Recognize Our Work in Public Housing
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[caption id="attachment_446231" align="alignnone" width="480"] Kansas City, Kansas Housing Authority executive director, Thomas Scott, presents the awards to Michael Liimatta, CFG CEO[/caption] At the July 16,…

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JULY 11, 2015 Highlights of CFG's 2015 Midyear Report
Tags: Digital Literacy Kansas City

[caption id="attachment_293530" align="alignnone" width="480"] Digital Life Skills classes at the Reconciliation Services Internet Cafe[/caption] Digital literacy training sessions are held each week at our main…

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JUNE 2, 2015 Low Income Housing Gets Free Wi-Fi
Tags: Digital Literacy Kansas City

We have partnered with the residents association of Glanville Towers to install a small PC lab and bring free Wi-Fi Internet to all 108 apartments.  The facility…

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MAY 1, 2015 Spring 2015 Brings New Opportunities
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Michael Liimatta is now Our Full-time CEO [caption id="attachment_445762" align="aligncenter" width="472"] Michael Liimatta, CEO of Connecting for Good. Photo: Angela C. Bond,  The Pitch[/caption] Michael…

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APRIL 13, 2015 Tech Mob Recyling Event a Success
Tags: Environment Kansas City Local Events

Michael Liimatta, Ben Martin, Burton Kelso and Rick Deane Great turnout for the Tech Mob electronics recycling event on April 11! We received a good number…

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JANUARY 26, 2015 Recap of 2014 Digital Inclusion Activities
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[caption id="attachment_444795" align="aligncenter" width="480"] In 2014 we opened our first public access computer center in Kansas City KS[/caption] NE Wyandotte Community Technology Center: Probably the most significant event…

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JANUARY 4, 2015 Closing the Digital Divide with Refurbished PCs
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[caption id="attachment_249128" align="aligncenter" width="450"] Refurbishing Workshop manager, Karita Matlock, at work[/caption] The main contributor to the Digital Divide is a lack of access to affordable computer…

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NOVEMBER 21, 2014 Update: November/December 2014
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We now offer the Internet equivalent of a pay-as-you-go cell phone plan! For just $10 a month, low income individuals and families can connect with…

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OCTOBER 8, 2014 Update on Summer 2014 Digital Inclusion Efforts
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Summer 2014 Highlights [caption id="attachment_293531" align="aligncenter" width="480"] Family Computer Day at the Ivanhoe Neighborhood Council.[/caption] Throughout the summer of 2014 we’ve continued to bring our…

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AUGUST 2, 2014 Grandmothers Getting Inner City Kids Online
Tags: Digital Inclusion Digital Literacy

Grandmothers Getting Inner City Kids Online [caption id="attachment_293347" align="aligncenter" width="480"] Older African American women have flocked to our free digital life skills classes.[/caption] Based on…

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JULY 31, 2014 We'd Like to Introduce Our Interns
Tags: computer refurbishing Digital Literacy interns

Meet our Summer 2014 Interns! We'd like to introduce our Summer 2014 Interns. This summer, we have several eager individuals working with us in computer…

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JULY 7, 2014 Digital Inclusion Efforts in Summer 2014
Tags: Digital Inclusion Kansas City

[caption id="attachment_269846" align="aligncenter" width="480"] A single mom from the housing project stops by our community tech center regularly to check her e-mail.[/caption] At Connecting for…

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JUNE 21, 2014 Dramatic Digital Divide Success Stories
Tags: Digital Inclusion

in 2014, over 2,100 people in under served inner city neighborhoods were involved in our free digital life skills classes. Learn how technology skills and…

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APRIL 14, 2014 2014 Goals to Close the Digital Divide
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Internet access brings with it a chance to apply for jobs online, connections with family and friends, information about medical and health issues, online education…

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MARCH 31, 2014 Our Commitment to Connectivity
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    The Digital Divide is very real in Kansas City.  We believe tackling it is one of the most important social justice issues of…

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MARCH 31, 2014 Transforming KC's Urban Core with Technology
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[caption id="attachment_249648" align="aligncenter" width="480"] Every afternoon our computer lab is filled with people from Juniper Gardens[/caption] Connecting for Good provides free Internet to over 500…

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JANUARY 12, 2014 2013 Recap: A Year of Real Growth
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[caption id="attachment_249271" align="aligncenter" width="480"] In train the trainer classes volunteers learn to teach digital literacy.[/caption] January: Center on Westport Road in Kansas City, MO is…

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DECEMBER 3, 2013 NE Wyandotte County Computer Center
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We began a new initiative in partnership with the Kansas City Kansas Housing Authority - the development of a community technology center in one of…

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NOVEMBER 8, 2013 Ambitious Fall Training Schedule
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[caption id="attachment_248739" align="aligncenter" width="480"] Jason, Nancy and Pauline at the KC Black Expo[/caption] Our Fall 2013 Digital Inclusion Campaign has kept our staff and volunteers very…

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OCTOBER 21, 2013 Staff Changes Reflect Growth
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Clint Wynn began serving as Director of Community Outreach for Connecting for Good in October 2013.  He oversees all of the training programs of the organization,…

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AUGUST 17, 2013 Our First Year in the Battle for Digital Inclusion
Tags: Connecting For Good Digital Divide Digital Inclusion Kansas City

[caption id="attachment_248195" align="alignright" width="450"] Our free basic introduction to the Internet class is offered four times a week in various locations throughout Kansas City[/caption] This…

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AUGUST 14, 2013 Free Digital Life Skills Classes Four Days a Week
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[caption id="attachment_139618" align="aligncenter" width="450"] Digital life skills classes are being conducted four days a week in partnership with Reconciliation Services, 3101 Troost Ave. in Kansas…

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AUGUST 2, 2013 Fall 2013 Digital Literacy and Inclusion Campaign
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[caption id="attachment_120951" align="aligncenter" width="450"] Our digital life skills team meets at the Troost headquarters to plan for our Fall 2013 community outreach; Karita Matlock, Jason…

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MARCH 22, 2013 Juniper Gardens Free Wi-Fi Project Update
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We announced earlier this month that we have partnered with the Kansas City Kansas Housing Authority to bring free in-home Wi-Fi to all 390 units…

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MARCH 2, 2013 Juniper Gardens Free Wi-Fi Project
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This project was completed in 2013 and is functioning today! We are pleased to announce that Connecting for Good has entered into a partnership with…

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FEBRUARY 28, 2013 Understanding Mesh Networks (Video)
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Mesh networks are not just experimental network architectures — they are actively being used to connect devices in a decentralized way. This video explains how…

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FEBRUARY 24, 2013 KCTV5 Report on the Digital Divide (video)
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KCTV5 In recent special report, "Bridging the digital divide" on on Kansas City's KCTV5, reporter Sandra Olivas highlighted how much trouble Kansas City, KS high school…

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FEBRUARY 12, 2013 Digital Literacy Classes at Local Libraries
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As Google Fiber begins installations of its superfast 1 GB network in Kansas City, Missouri, Connecting for Good has launched an initiative to conduct classes at…

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JANUARY 30, 2013 1 Million Cups Presentation (video)
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On January 30, 2013, we had the privilege of doing a presentation about our organization at 1 Million Cups, the entrepreneur pitch program of Kauffman…

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JANUARY 15, 2013 41 Action News Story on Rosedale Ridge (video)
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TV 41 reporter, Jenna Hanchard came to the Rosedale Ridge low income housing complex in Kansas City, KS to learn about the Wi-Fi network we set…

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JANUARY 7, 2013 Open House & Work Day a Success
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Thanks to everyone who came by last Friday morning for the Open House at our new offices and workshop at 1622 Westport Road, Kansas City…

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JANUARY 4, 2013 Rosedale Ridge: Our First Free Wi-Fi Project
Tags: Digital Inclusion Rosedale Ridge

Rosedale Ridge Wendy Wilson, director of the Rosedale Development Association, told us if there was anywhere in the Kansas City area where we could demonstrate…

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DECEMBER 12, 2012 2012: Year End Update
Tags: Google Fiber Kansas City Update

[caption id="attachment_1310" align="aligncenter" width="600"] 1624 Westport Rd Kansas City MO. We move in Jan 1.[/caption] The excitement around the launch of Google Fiber and the…

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NOVEMBER 15, 2012 Donate a PC - Change a Life!!
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If you are a regular Internet user, you probably connect several times a day.  You check your e-mail, catch up with Facebook friends and find…

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NOVEMBER 2, 2012 Thank You Social Media Club of KC!
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The Social Media Club of Kansas City held a used computer drive among its members on November 2, right after their regular monthly meeting at the…

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OCTOBER 22, 2012 Update: Wi-Fi for Rosedale Ridge
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We brought free Wi-Fi to all 168 units at Rosedale Ridge on 12/14/2012 Rosedale Ridge is a Section 8 low income housing project in Kansas City,…

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OCTOBER 5, 2012 SMCKC Used Computer Drive
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[tube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kqqvs_LYU5w&list=UUzhtAFR4aiLOr8IWqA92-5w&index=10&feature=plcp[/tube] The Social Media Club of Kansas City has launched a drive for used Internet-connected devices, especially laptops, that we will distribute to lower income…

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SEPTEMBER 28, 2012 Mobile Computer Lab Project
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We are moving forward with our plans to develop a digital literacy program with a focus on under-resourced residents of Kansas City. Our goal is…

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SEPTEMBER 16, 2012 KCUR: "Bridging the Digital Divide"
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Michael Liimatta, president of  Connecting for Good,  was invited to be a panelist in a discussion of the Digital Divide in Kansas City on "KC Currents"…

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SEPTEMBER 12, 2012 A Special Donation from OneLouder
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[caption id="attachment_953" align="alignleft" width="428"] Joyce Hayhow, Publisher of the Kansas City Business Journal; Michael Liimatta, President of Connecting for Good and OneLouder Apps President Evan…

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SEPTEMBER 12, 2012 It's Time to Bridge KC's Digital Divide!
Tags: Digital Divide Events Google Fiber

With Google Fiber's pre-registration rally behind us, we are very excited about all the "fiberhoods" that qualified for the service.  Kansas City residents rallied to…

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NOVEMBER 16, 2011 Video: Building the Gigabit City Results
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Nov 22, 2011 - Since the announcement that Google Fiber would be overtaking Kansas City homes, the metro thought community has been struggling with how…

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