Bridging the Digital Divide
Increasing Detroit community access to technology at Matrix Human Services.
We are actively seeking volunteer augmentation and financial support for technology initiatives at Matrix Human Services. Get involved!
THE NEED, REAL.
RE-CYCLED COMPUTERS BULK GENTLY-USED/SURPLUS COMPUTER AND EQUIPMENT DONATIONS
COMPUTER LAB VOLUNTEERS TRAINING CLASS MONITORS
DIGITAL LITERACY VOLUNTEER COMPUTER TRAINING INSTRUCTORS
TRAINING OPPORTUNITIES PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT TRAINING CLASSES
VOLUNTEER SYSTEMS DEVELOPMENT NETWORKED KIOSK SYSTEM
FINANCIAL SUPPORT TECHNOLOGY CENTERS & DIGITAL ADVANCEMENT
FREE INTERNET SERVICE PROVIDERS FOR LOW-INCOME CLIENTS/COMMUNITY RESIDENTS
YOUR SUPPORT, IMPACTFUL.
Supporting the most vulnerable in the Detroit community since 1906, Matrix Human Services serves low income individuals and families seeking independence and economic self-sufficiency. Our nationally recognized, groundbreaking Transition to Success™ model provides a pathway for overcoming multiple barriers, including illiteracy, abuse, neglect, illness and isolation, through comprehensive partnership networks with other organizations.
Thanks to the generous support of local corporations and individual gifts of time and funding, Matrix Human Services has employed innovative technologies in its on-going mission to “break the generational cycle of poverty” gripping these communities.
Matrix Human Services is seeking support, including funding and donations, to further our technology initiatives in the Detroit communities we serve. Your generous gently-used surplus computer equipment donations, financial and volunteer support will help us continue this vital work in our under-served Detroit communities.
BRIDGING THE DIGITAL DIVIDE
The National Digital Inclusion Alliance released its “25 Worst Connected Cities” report ranking all households and low income households. Detroit was included in the report, coming in second in overall Internet coverage with non-connection rates well above 35%. Detroit low income households came in third with non-connection rates ranking higher than 60%.
“Such high percentages of non-connected households impacts the whole community. Local government, schools, libraries, hospitals, businesses and social service organizations all incur higher costs to reach community members who are not online. We point out the starkly reduced connectivity levels of our poorest neighbors in order to clarify the fact that poverty is a factor we cannot ignore in our work to reduce the Digital Divide.”
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