AFN Right Click News                                                                                     June  2017
Empowerment Through Technology

Greetings from the Executive Director

Austin Free-Net is gearing up for the summer and we are excited about promoting digital inclusion and launching new digital literacy projects. We kicked off June by participating in one of the largest civic events in Austin, the 5th Annual ATX Hack for Change hosted by St. Edward's University. The 3-day hackathon focuses on social good projects submitted by the community and hacked on by the community.  AFN submitted three technical projects that will provide online support for clients with low digital literacyskills. Read more about these exciting new projects .

AFN is committed to finding additional opportunities that will help our clients become independent computer users. Thank you for your continued support this year. Your financial gift, the gift of your personal time and your corporate philanthropy are gratefully accepted and thoughtfully paid forward to our clients.

Thank you.


Juanita Budd
Program News
AFN Celebrates Volunteers and Awards Golden Mouse

Austin Free-Net Volunteers are "One in a Million"!  On June 2, AFN celebrated our amazing volunteers at an Appreciation Luncheon at Austin's famous "Juan in Million" restaurant. Every day our volunteers support our mission of ending the digital divide. Last year, Austin Free-Net volunteers provided 33,168 hours of their time, which has a tremendous impact on our clients.
Volunteer and Outreach Manager, Nancy Green, awarded Patrick Pollard, AFN's highest honor "The Golden Mouse" for his dedication to serving the organization. As a former Austin Free-Net client, Patrick is committed to giving back to the organization that helped him many years ago. He is the second volunteer to receive AFN's award.

Read more about Patrick's inspiring story.
Amazon Smile Program Supports AFN

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Amazon Smile  is a website operated by Amazon that lets customers enjoy the same wide selection of products, low prices, and convenient shopping features as on The difference is that when you shop on AmazonSmile website, the Foundation will donate 0.5% of eligible purchases after you select Austin Free-Net. It's very easy. Click on the link below and share with your friends.

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Smart Cities Connect Conference and Expo
June 25 - 28, 2017

Join us for our panel discussion " Digital Inclusion in ATX: It's not just about the Web" on June 26, 2017 at  9:30 a.m!  The Conference brings together City leaders across the country to prospect and partner with innovative technology and service providers. 

Digital Inclusion Week 2017
AFN was excited to be a part of the National Digital Inclusion Alliance's Digital Inclusion Week Celebration, May 8-13, 2017. More than 200 people participated in activities we hosted to raise awareness of digital inequities and our efforts to close those gaps.

Throughout the week, AFN teamed up with the City of Austin, the Housing Authority of the City of Austin, Skillpoint Alliance, and Google Fiber. The festivities kicked off with a Proclamation presented by Mayor ProTem Kathie Tovo at the City Council Chambers. Activities included a "Cyber Seniors" free movie screening, a Smartphone Training and Digital Inclusion Symposium. 
In This Issue
Client Success

Chris Smith
We recently caught up with former student Chris Smith at Capital Factory in Austin. Juanita Budd, AFN Executive Director, sat down to interview him about his current achievement. Chris went from experiencing homelessness and hardship to a full-time professional position with a growing startup company, Press.

Volunteer Quotes


"I volunteer for Austin Free-Net because I enjoy working with clients. I get exposed to a broad spectrum of people with whom I wouldn't ordinarily come in contact."--Tom


"It's a privilege to be able to help those who come in here by knowing that I'm making a small, yet positive impact in their life."--Matt


"My time at Austin Free-Net has given me the opportunity to empower people with the skills that I already had and had taken for granted the whole time, which is a great feeling!"--Will


Thank you to our 2016-2017 Supporters & Partners

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