A condition in which all individuals and communities have the information technology capacity needed for fill participation in our society, democracy, and economy. Digital equity is necessary for civic and cultural participation, employment, lifelong learning and access to essential services.
INCLUDING EVERYONE IN OUR DIGITAL FUTURE
In East County we have identified 5 neighborhoods that have 60,000 households with over 30,000 that qualify for lifeline programs such as SNAP and the Affordable Connectivity Programs. Of these 30,000 + households 3,300 do not own a functional computer device.
The Digital Navigator plays a vital role in fulfilling Free Geek's mission of narrowing the digital divide. The Digital Navigator provides active support to community members and partner organizations, navigating the internet; your device, affordable connectivity services, and coaching in essential digital skills.
Integrated, experience-based instructional program designed to prepare community members to be knowledgeable about technology - its evolution, systems, technologies, utilization, and social and cultural significance.
AFFORDABLE TECHNOLOGY PROGRAM
Trusted guides who assist community members in internet adoption and the use of computing devices.
FREE GEEK DIGITAL EQUITY ACTION PLAN FOR EAST MULTNOMAH COUNTY
Window's machines given out to SNAP Program recipients receive a 1-year warranty and lifetime digital navigation support that is active the day the device is shipped. Machines given out to Technology Education program members receive a 6 month warranty on their device.
*This is not eligible for machines purchased through Free Geek's eBay store*
The Community Technology program builds community capacity and champions investments and public policy in a rapidly changing communications technology, utility, and broadband landscape to keep our local communities economically and culturally healthy.
The Digital Equity Action Plan (DEAP) outlines a series of operational and policy proposals for public and private agencies, along with nonprofits, in Portland/Multnomah County to advance the cause of digital equity.
The library focuses on the communities most impacted by racism and systems of oppression to empower them to learn and create.
Digitunity is a national organization working to eliminate the technology gap by providing a variety of resources and programs to people in need of access to devices and tools to help them thrive in todays society.
National Digital Inclusion Alliance advances digital equity by supporting community programs and equipping policymakers to act.
Xfinity Internet Essentials proves low cost, reliable high speed internet for low-income households.
RESOURCES FOR DEVICES
Government Benefit Program members are eligible for Free Cell Phone Service through Life Wireless or if you are in need of an affordable phone or laptop please visit Free Geek's eBay Store.
*If Free Geek does not have the inventory for free machines please apply through PC's For People*
RESOURCES FOR INTERNET OR BROADBAND
The Universal Service Administrative Company offers a search tool to help you find an Affordable Connectivity Program company in your area.
For additional information or assistance contact us via email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Free Geek offers a series of curriculum centered around technology education.