For many of us, day-to-day life has changed significantly over the last few weeks. Schools throughout the Bay Area have closed indefinitely, and all non-essential businesses have transitioned to work remotely--or, in some cases, closed altogether. For those with access to technology, adjusting to this "new normal" might include scheduling video meetings with co-workers, relying on email for class assignments, or hosting "get togethers" via social media. For those without Internet access, the digital divide has never been wider.
Today in the Bay Area, 1.5 million residents
do not have access to a computer at home.
94,000 Oakland residents are without devices
or Internet access – including 17,000 students.
Click below for interactive maps that identify digitally disconnected households across the Bay Area.
Since the Shelter-in-Place order was announced here in the Bay Area, Tech Exchange staff and volunteers have mobilized to establish texting and phone banks. They are responding to calls to inform families of internet options, and preparing hotspots and laptops to be distributed to students.
To continue this critical work, we are announcing our
TECH FOR ALL Campaign to raise $650,000.
Your donation today helps to ensure that all students and families can stay connected
and access online learning opportunities during this time of isolation and beyond.
Click HERE to donate today. Thank you!