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Computers

Our Digital Equity Project offers low-cost refurbished laptops to eligible low-income households. Quality laptops are donated by local businesses and individuals, refurbished by our team, and deployed in the community by DANEnet.

Currently, laptops are only available through caseworker referral; caseworkers need to email info@danenet.org for more info.

Internet

We help qualifying households in Dane County explore affordable home internet options that range $10-$30/mo service for families participating in SNAP and other programs.

Classes

Adults can learn very basic computer skills in our free classes to help them connect online with caseworkers, doctors, classes, job resources, and family/friends. Classes cover: intro to computers, using email, safely navigating the internet, using Word, and troubleshooting basic computer problems. Classes are walk-in; no registration required. Any scheduled public classes are below.

Repair

Fix-IT Tech Repair clinics offer free computer/device repair for households without the means to fix them. Adults can bring in their devices (smart phone, desktop, tower, laptop, etc.) and DANEnet technicians will do their best to fix the devices. Fix-IT clinics are typically held in community centers and libraries. Our schedule of any scheduled clinics is below.

Scheduled Classes

BASIC COMPUTER SKILLS
at Central Library (201 W Mifflin St), rm 302
Walk-in only; no registration required!

Computer Basics
5:30-7:00pm Wednesday, May 4

Internet Basics & Safety
5:30-7:00pm Wednesday, May 11

Intro to Microsoft Word
5:30-7:00pm Wednesday, May 18

Basic Computer Troubleshooting
5:30-7:00pm Wednesday, May 25

NEW! Walk-In Computer Questions
5:30-7:00pm Wednesday, June 1

Fix-It Clinics

Tuesdays 2-4pm: Walk-in Fix-IT Tech Repair Hours
Meadowridge Library, 5726 Raymond Rd. in Madison
No appt needed; first come, first served

Thursdays 2-4pm: Walk-in Fix-IT Tech Repair Hours
Lakeview Library, 2845 N. Sherman Ave. in Madison
No appt needed; first come, first served
Click here for flyer

 

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Support our Digital Equity Work

Donate Equipment

WHAT WE NEED:

Working laptops (with build-in webcams) running Windows 10
(min. 4 GB RAM, 250 GB hard drive)

Working Apple laptops or tablets (from 2010 or later)

Working keyboards/mice (preferable wired/USB)

++  CLICK HERE for full donation guidelines  ++

WHAT WE CANNOT TAKE:

Desktop computers
Windows laptops older than 2015
Apple devices older than 2010
computers running LINUX
Chromebooks
cellphones
cookies with raisins in them
anything needing repair

Email info@danenet.org if you have tech equipment to donate.

Donate Money

Want to support digital equity and access, and help low-income households stay connected? Your generous donations can help in so many ways!

$15,000 pays for a full year of weekly 2-hour Tech Repair Clinics at a community center or library, offering free professional computer repair for people without the means to fix them.

$3,000 buys a year's worth of Basic Computer Literacy class handout packets, which are given out to attendees in classes and anyone receiving a laptop through our refurbished laptop program.

$1,200 allows us to offer our free 5-class Basic Computer Literacy series at a local library or community center. Adults from low-income households learn Computer Basics, Using Word/Google Docs, Internet Basics, Intro to Email, and Laptop Troubleshooting. (Some adults taking classes then qualify for a free refurbished laptop!)

$500 covers the cost of all Computer Literacy class handouts for one year!

$300 pays for us to hold a free, 2-hour Tech Repair Clinic at a community center or library, offering professional computer/device repair for people without the means to fix them.

$150 buys one fully refurbished laptop for a low-income family.

$50 covers the cost of us refurbishing one donated laptop to distribute to a family or adult in need.

ANY amount helps us close the digital divide in Dane County!

Learn more about our Digital Equity Project, working to promote digital equity in Dane County.

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