AFN Right Click News                                                                             DECEMBER 2015

Empowerment Through Technology  
Greetings from the Executive Director


With the holiday season upon us, we at Austin Free-Net are happy to provide the Austin community with the services they need to connect with the world. We were able to provide online support and Internet access for 150 families during Austin Police Operation Blue Santa this month. The need for public access to the Internet is so crucial during these months so our community members can also gain access to job resources, social services and connect to family members.

We are proud to serve the Austin community, and we are constantly striving to find new ways to close the digital divide and create opportunities for everyone to succeed. Many of our funders enable us to do this work, such as Google Fiber, IBM and the Mitte and Shields-Ayers Foundations. We are looking forward to even more partnerships in 2016.

We wish you and your family a joyous holiday and a happy New Year!


Sincerely,
Juanita Budd

Program News

Beth Tracy, IBM Manager, Corporate Citizenship & Corporate Affairs and Juanita Budd, Executive Director AFN
Corporate Partner
Spotlight: IBM

Strategically planning for the future and funding programs are critical to the success of a non-profit organization.

Thanks to th
e tremendous support of IBM over the past three years, Austin Free-Net is able to continue making an impact by providing needed digital inclusion services to the community.

 
IBM Support Impacts 388 Students! Read more.
#ONLINEBECAUSE

Why are you online?
On December 4, we asked this question on social media to highlight the importance of access and the Internet. Thank you everyone for participating in the campaign and posting messages on Facebook and Twitter. Here are some of the responses from the community and our students:

Tech Starter Students 
"Many of the agencies that I receive support from communicate through email. Internet is very important to access and communicate with agencies in the community. Internet allows me to communicate with family and friends..." -Kim Witt  

Read more.
Welcome Aboard
Americorps Volunteers
 
We are fortunate to have two Americorps volunteers serve Austin Free-Net this fiscal year--Alix T. Potter and Greg De Thomaso. AmeriCorps engages more than 75,000 Americans in intensive service each year at nonprofits, schools, public agencies, and community and faith-based groups across the country.

Read more

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AFN Holiday Hours
 
Austin Free-Net will be closed the following days: December 24-25 and 28, 2015, January 1, 2016

AFN Out and About
On December 4, the Texas Tribune hosted a panel discussion about the digital divide in Texas held at Houston Community College. The event was streamed live on the Tribune website. The panelists included Austin Free-Net Executive Director Juanita Budd, Becky Garlick, Director of Schulenburg Campus, Blinn College, Will Reed, President and CEO of Technology for All and State Rep. Gene Wu, D-Houston. View the online digital divide panel discussion.

AFN Links
Client Success
Alvin (on left) visited our computer and learning lab at the DeWitty Center to get assistance completing an online Food Handlers Certification test for his current job. Our volunteer Joe eagerly helped Alvin reach his employment goal. Alvin said that he wanted to come back and learn how to set up an email account. Support more students like Alvin by making a donation or volunteering with AFN.
AFN Supporters
Thank you to our 2015-2016 Supporters & Partners






Mark Your Calendar

Amplify Austin
March 8-9, 2016

AFN is excited to announce that we will be participating in the city's annual community wide day of online giving. The 24-hour period provides an easy and fun way for the entire community to  to support Austin Free-Net and many other local nonprofits.

More information about how you can support AFN will be coming in January.

Thank you for your support! 
 
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