50 Ways #30 — Offer specialized classes in computer proficiency and financial education

Focus on the word computer.  Expand thinking.  Think more as in broadband and computer.  We’ll get to financial education next time.

100 million Americans lack broadband at home.  Imagine that.  You are not among them.  If it’s sad (and it is) that many families lack books at home, consider life without computers.  Wait, don’t go down that road. They’re here to stay.  But consider the digital divide.  Homes lacking access to broadband often lack computers as well.  Children who lack access to computers and the internet at home are at a decided disadvantage with their peers.  Youth and adults seeking employment face a hurdle if they can’t access the internet at home.  Families in need of benefits such as SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program or food stamps) can’t enroll at home without a computer.  It’s a big disadvantage not to have a computer and broadband at home.

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Good news.  Today is Digital Learning Day.  You can learn more at DIGITAL LEARNING DAY.

And you can help persons in your community cross the digital divide via a new program known as Everyone On.  See EVERYONE ON.  Help is available for those lacking technical expertise, and there are programs to assist low-income individuals with internet at reduced costs and refurbished computers.

Add computer literacy to your literacy ministry portfolio.  ESL students can extend their learning via helpful websites at home.  So many applications . . . what will you do?

 

Fifty Ways #40 — Collaborating and Ministering to All Kinds of Needs

Collaborate with other churches to minister to both the literacy and nutritional needs of children in the community.

Do you remember the story last summer about Agape Baptist Church in Cleburne ?  Pastor Julio Robles stepped up to the plate when he learned of an opportunity to provide breakfast and lunch for hungry children in Cleburne.  The church partnered with others to address educational and spiritual needs of children as well as the physical need for food.

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The emphasis today is planning.

From a FaceBook post yesterday:   Literacy ConneXus has offered to work with Summer Meals Sponsors to get them books that they can use for activities at their summer meals sites. The goal is to create a Summer Reading Club at the meal sites, help children with their reading skills and increase program participation. Literacy ConneXus book banks provide books for programs that share books with children and youth. Thank you Literacy ConneXus for your partnership and support. If you would like to get more info please contact Marty Otero, Child Hunger Outreach Specialist at: marty_otero@baylor.edu.

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The Texas Hunger Initiative  has twelve regional sites.  Literacy Connexus has three book banks.  Do the math, friends.  We need help!  More books.  More book banks.  Ten planners signed up yesterday for books in Fort Worth.  We’ll need donations by June 1. 

Confident that God will provide.

 

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