Partner Details

Connecting for Good

  • Mission Statement

    Connecting For Good provides digital skills, refurbished computers, affordable internet service, and nonprofit capacity support for low income communities to achieve sustainable improvements in education, employment, economic impact, and the environment

  • Project Abstract

    The Digital Divide is very real in Kansas City. We believe it is one of the most important social justice issues of our day. Our three-pronged strategy is Connectivity, Hardware and Digital Literacy and involves these ongoing activities:
    A. Community Technology Centers: We currently operate community technology centers in two of Kansas City�s most under resourced neighborhoods, we offer a variety of programs to promote technology use and access.
    B. Digital Skills Training and workforce development: We help people in under-resourced urban communities to access online resources and create a brighter future for themselves and their families.
    C. Inexpensive Internet-ready Refurbished PCs: We collect used desktops, laptops, tablets and smartphones for this purpose. This equipment is provided to low income residents at an extremely low price, as low as $50.00 for those who qualify. We also assist those who purchase computers to find the most affordable options for Internet service, including affordable wifi hotspot programs
    D. Internet Access for Low Income Families: We operate free Wi-Fi networks at low income housing projects, churches, and community centers.
    E. Technology Assistance for for Nonprofit Organizations: Connecting for Good works to support other local organizations to close the Digital Divide. Through our Train-the-Trainer activities, we teach staff members and volunteers from other agencies how to teach the digital life we�ve developed

  • Target Population

    In 2017, over 9,000 people attended classes or in some way utilized our computer labs in and throughout the Kansas City urban core area.

    25% have never used a computer
    75% are over 50 years old
    80% are minorities, predominantly African American
    75% have incomes of under $20,000 a year
    2/3 of participants in the free classes are women
    1/2 of women 60+ have a child under 18 living with them

  • Contact Information & Map

    Connecting for Good
    Attn: Tom Esselman
    3210 Michigan Ave, Suite A
    Kansas City, MO 64109
    United States

    Phone: (816) 799-2390
    Email: tom@connectingforgood.org


  • Equipment Needed

    PC Desktop System

    PC Laptop System

    PC CPU (Partial System)

    Hard Disk Drive

    Keyboard

    Monitor

    Mice