Donate to Buy Laptops for Abbey Court Kids

Over the years you may have read my posts here on OP about equal access to the Internet. It was my volunteering with AmeriCorp and the Town of Chapel Hill that really motivated me. Here is my donation letter I'm sending to friends about my latest effort. Please consider giving this holiday season to buy laptops for kids in Abbey Court (a.k.a. Collins Crossing).

Dear Friends,

Carrboro Mayor Mark Chilton and Orange Networking are raising $3,000 to provide laptops for fifteen kids at Abbey Court. Can you help us? We want to close the digital divide for fifteen families who currently have no computer at home. Please give whatever you can by clicking here. If you prefer to donate via check please make it out to ‘Orange Networking’. (Let me know in the comments and I'll send you the address to mail a check to.)

Abbey Court is an apartment complex in Carrboro, North Carolina. It is home to many Carrboro Hispanics. Unfortunately many of the young children who live there don’t have the technical resources we take for granted.

The American Psychological Associations says, "… children from low-SES (Socioeconomic Status) households and communities develop academic skills more slowly compared to children from higher SES groups (Morgan, Farkas, Hillemeier, & Maczuga, 2009)."

Orange Networking is a North Carolina non-profit tax exempt organization I started in 2006. Its primary goal is to bridge the digital divide. To learn more about it's mission and goals please check out our mission page.

Please tell others about the Laptops for Abbey Court Kids campaign today. A blog post, Twitter, and Facebook would be great! Attached is a graphic that could help with that.

The holiday is a great time to make a donation to help. All donations to Orange Networking for this fundraising campaign are tax deductible. Donation receipt letters will be sent to all donors. Let's do something to close the gap!

Happy Holidays!

-Brian Russell
Founder and Chairman of Orange Networking
www.orangenetworking.org

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Comments

Brian,Thanks for doing this. You are a great asset to this community.  You lead by example.

Thank you George. Your kind words mean a lot to me. :)

This is great! I was a former student of professor Judith Blau and I cant express how valuable my experience at Abbey Court was. Have you also considered collecting old/donated laptops from old UNC students? I myself have one that is still in decent condition and im sure upon graduation lots of students get a new one.

I will follow up with some students I know to see what we can do.

As of this minute we've raised $900. Thank you so much everyone!

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