Community Tech Network and Sprint Provide Devices and Training to South Austin Residents

Clubs and Organizations

November 29, 2018

Giving Tuesday is an annual Global Giving Event that occurs on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving. This season Community Tech Network (CTN) gave thanks by bringing new devices and basic digital skills training to an underserved population in south Austin.

What: Community Tech Network (CTN) and Sprint distributed 15 new Samsung tablet devices to learners at the Foundation Communities' property, Bluebonnet Studios, in south Austin. Sprint staff provided individualized training to the learners to help them better connect with family and friends, seek employment, keep up with their schedules and more.

Sprint staff trainers Matthew Bryer and Mitchell Percival communicated the importance of providing residents with access, “it was great to get them connected, especially during the holidays, when it’s important for them to be talking to each other.”

Bluebonnet Studios Supportive Services Coordinator Danica Morgan said this was the first time to have 100% attendance from residents at an on-site event. “They are very lucky and appreciative for the opportunity. The selling point for them was the “how to”. They were excited to learn how to use their devices.”

This is one of many Tech Teach-in events facilitated by CTN. The Tech Teach-Ins match corporate volunteers with community members looking to improve their digital skills and take advantage of what their digital devices can offer. Nonprofit partners included Austin Pathways, Family Eldercare, AGE of Central Texas, as well as Foundation Communities.