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Tools 4 School Technology Program

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United Way of Hunterdon County recently launched our Tools 4 School Technology Program! With a generous donation of laptops from ExxonMobil and the help of their employees to load software, we are now able host free computer literacy classes and loan computers to members of our community.

This program was created from the need to bridge the "digital divide," which is the gap between individuals with access to computers, tools, and internet connectivity as compared to those with minimal or no access. Here in Hunterdon County, we work with many adults with limited computer skills, and many individuals who have no access to computers. This program aims to bridge this digital inequity gap by providing loaner laptops to our participants, as well as hosting group skills classes and 1-on-1 training.

Our classes review basics such as accessing email and learning how to safely navigate the internet. Other sessions cover information for parents and guardians to learn Genesis, the learning portal used by the Flemington Raritan School District. Our participants benefit by gaining digital skills that help them access resources, further their careers, and stay connected with their child's education.

We have two ways for our community to get involved - either as a volunteer or a participant.

VOLUNTEER

To reach more individuals, we are looking for volunteers to help teach learning sessions on topics such as:

  • Email basics
  • Zoom navigation
  • Google Docs, Sheets & Slides tutorials
  • Typing skills
  •  ...and more!

We are also looking for bilingual volunteers, with or without computer skills.

This is a great opportunity for computer savvy students, retirees, teachers, or anyone looking for weekend and weekday, evening volunteer opportunities.

If you are interested in volunteering or participating, email Laura Hernandez or call 908.237.1689 x128.

Download our Volunteer fliers:

Volunteer flier - English

Volunteer flier - Spanish

PARTICIPATE

Our free workshops teach digital literacy skills that help participants connect to important online resources. From setting up email accounts, to accessing student e-learning platforms, to learning how to navigate online meetings, our skills classes give participants the skills they need to get connected. Classes include:

  • Introduction to the internet
  • Safe internet browsing tips
  • Email setup and navigation
  • Genesis (FRSD portal)
  • Zoom navigation
  • Google Sheets, Docs & Slides tutorials
  • ...and more programs to come!

Participants are offered the use of a loaner laptop for the duration of their enrollment, generously donated by ExxonMobil.

Classes are taught by volunteers, school teachers, administrators, and United Way staff. Classes are held at the Volunteer Center in Flemington during weekday, evening hours and on the weekend. Ages 18+ are welcome. Childcare is provided if needed. Spanish translation is provided at every class. There is no cost to participate.

If you are interested in volunteering or participating, email Laura Hernandez or call 908.237.1689 x128.

Download our Participant fliers:

Participant flier - English

Participant flier - Spanish