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Computers

Our Refurbished Laptop Program is for social workers, caseworkers, educators, or healthcare workers looking to connect a client without a computer in their household to a free refurbished laptop. We collected used laptops from the community, wipe them (according to the US DoD 5220.22-M Standard as well as 20+ international data sanitizing standards), and refurbish them to distribute to adults on the other side of the digital divide.

Laptops are only available through direct service provider referral; if you have a client that needs a laptop 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 for service for families participating in SNAP and other programs.

Affordable internet program flyers:
Affordable Connectivity Program
Lifeline
Spectrum Internet Assist
ATT Access

Classes

Adults can gain basic computer skills in our free classes held at libraries and community centers. Classes typically cover:

  • Computer Basics
  • Internet Basics & Safety
  • Tools for Writing: Google Docs & MS Word
  • Troubleshooting Computer Problems

Any scheduled classes are listed below. If none are listed, we do not yet have the funds to offer them. Please consider making a donation.

Repair

Our Fix-IT Clinics offer free computer support/repair for adults from low-income households. Fix-IT Clinics are held in libraries and community centers and folks can bring in their device (smart phone, tablet, laptop, tower, etc) for our technicians to assess and repair (if possible).

Any scheduled Fix-IT Clinics are listed below. If none are listed, we do not yet have the funds to offer them. Please consider making a donation.

Scheduled Classes & Fix-IT Clinics

Basic Computer Classes at Meadowridge Library
5726 Raymond Road, Madison
Call 608-288-6160 to register

  • 6:00-7:30pm Monday Nov 7
    Computer Basics 
  • 6:00-7:30pm Monday Nov 14
    Internet Basics & Safety 
  • 6:00-7:30pm Monday Nov 21
    Tools for Writing: Google Docs & MS Word 
  • 6:00-7:30pm Monday Nov 28
    Troubleshooting Your Computer

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FREE TECH REPAIR CLINICS

Meadowridge Library
5726 Raymond Rd, Madison
1:00-3:00pm every 1st and 3rd Tuesday, Oct-Dec 2022

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These programs are made possible through funding by Park Bank, Summit CU, and loads of awesome private donors. Please support digital equity by making a donation today!


Digital Inclusion Week is a national event that elevates digital equity work happening throughout the country and our Digital Equity Project is raising money to keep our programs running in 2023.

Click here to find out how YOU can become a Digital Inclusion Week supporter of Our Digital Equity Project!

Click here if you’d like to read what the Pew Research Center says about the digital divide.

Support our Digital Equity Work

Donate Equipment

WHAT WE ARE LOOKING FOR:

Working Windows laptops running Windows 10, newer than 2015, with power cords
(min. 4 GB RAM, 250 GB hard drive)

Working Apple laptops or tablets newer than 2010, with power cords

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
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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