Five Charlotte non-profit organizations have become the newest participants in the Digital Charlotte Program Accelerator.
The Program Accelerator helps non-profit organizations deliver digital and media literacy training in their communities. The five new organizations are YWCA Central Carolinas, Aldersgate United Methodist Church, Beatties Ford Road Vocational Trade Center, Pineville Neighbors Place, and East Charlotte Coalition of Neighborhoods.
The organizations participate in a six-week digital literacy course, conducted by Digital Charlotte in partnership with the Knight School of Communication at Queens. The Program Accelerator is funded by Google Fiber. The program provides support for organizations as they help their members succeed in the digital world, strengthening digital inclusion in their communities. This year’s group brings the total number of organizations served to 15.
YWCA Central Carolinas is a nonprofit organization that, among other objectives, provides housing for women, families, and children who face instability. The YWCA also offers after-school programs to improve reading skills for children from low-income families.
Aldersgate United Methodist Church offers many volunteer opportunities to serve the disadvantaged communities all over the world. Volunteers can go on mission trips, work in soup kitchens, and work with disaster relief efforts.
Be the Change, associated with the Latin American Coalition, provides educational support, tools, and resources for children and families.
Beatties Ford Vocational Center is a trade school where unemployed African American men are taught construction skills for career advancement. Without a computer, these individuals are unable to gain access to online construction resources needed to compete with others in the business.
Pineville Neighbors Place offers assisted living to low-income individuals and attends to other basic physical needs. Volunteers can donate food to the organization.
The next round of the Program Accelerator begins in January 2019. Non-profit organizations interested in applying for this round can learn more on this page.