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Hi I am Andrea with Tribal Technology Training, Native American non-profit committed Digital Equity and Broadband Access for rural tribal reservations. Based in Seattle, Washington. Look forward to meeting folks committed to these ideas. Thank you.
Hi, Andrea! Welcome! This is your web site? https://tribaltechnology.org/
I would love to hear more about your nonprofit. Do you involve volunteers? What do volunteers do for your nonprofit?
How are you using tech to stay in touch with staff, volunteers and clients because of the pandemic? What challenges are you or your clients facing in using such?
I see on your web site that you have "a strong network of native experts and trainers." Techsoup would love for all of those experts and trainers to feel welcomed here on the community. We would LOVE to hear from them - describing what they do, offering tips for others, even jumping in and answering questions from other small nonprofits who are trying to use tech- members helping members is something we really, really love.
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So looking forward to hearing more from you!
-=-=-=-=-=- Jayne Cravens Author, The LAST Virtual Volunteering Guidebook
Hi thank you for the warm welcome! I have always used volunteers, not as much during the pandemic. Why? Many of our native people need paid work during the pandemic. Our focus for the last five years has been on broadband infrastructure access on rural reservations that lack internet services.
We now our are ramping up "Digital Equity" training for grassroots native people that need skill building. We hope we can update use of volunteers once COVID restrictions are lifted. Cheers.
You are absolutely right - many people in many communities need paid work and literally cannot afford to volunteer!
Do you utilized paid staff in building broadband infrastructure or in advocating for the building of broadband infrastructure?
It amazes a lot of people when I tell them that, while I live in the wealthiest county in Oregon, with an Intel plant just 15 miles to the East, just 10 miles to the west, the rest of the county has NO broadband Internet access.
Please feel free to write ANY time about tools you are using to stay in touch with each other, challenges you are facing, what your staff (and, eventually, volunteers) are doing, etc. - your experiences and questions are valued here!
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