So often I wanted to find a company to share my skills with, a volunteer opportunity that would really help families. My thought was to purchase some surplused computers from our district auction, thrown on Ubuntu, and put them in a community center or donate to families.
Looks like I found a way to begin my work. Kramden Institute, a non-profit in Durham, NC, does just that. By visiting http://www.kramden.org/, you can learn about their mission, see how you can either donate time or money to help, and see some of their many accomplishments.
What a great way to help those less fortunate. As their pages say, imagine not using computers the past 10 years. I see this in schools, kids so excited at their once a week computer class, since they do not have a computer at home. In a plugged in world, we do families a great disservice if we cannot provide computers to them. And of course, using Ubuntu, throwing on a bunch of open source software, and some internets, we can begin tackling the digital divide. Bravo to Kramden for beginning this program in North Carolina. I hope other organizations do this across the country as well.