Connect Online

San Fran­cisco was one of the for­tu­nate com­mu­ni­ties to be awarded a fed­eral stim­u­lus grant to help bridge the dig­i­tal divide as part of the Broad­band Tech­nol­ogy Oppor­tu­ni­ties Pro­gram (BTOP). This pro­gram is a federally-funded ini­tia­tive that offers broad­band Inter­net access to seniors and adults with dis­abil­i­ties in San Fran­cisco. Basic com­puter and Inter­net train­ing classes are offered to stim­u­late broad­band usage and adoption.   Once the federal funding grant was drawing to an end, CLC helped organize the Keep Us Connected Campaign with current partners and the wider community and convinced the Mayor and Board of Supervisors to allocate $1.4 million to continue the program. More infor­ma­tion about the over-all pro­gram and the list of new com­puter sites under devel­op­ment, go to  www.sfconnected.info or call (415) 355‑3555. For Com­mu­nity Liv­ing Cam­paign com­puter labs and social media train­ing, go visit the our calendar link or the most recent edition of our CLC newsletter, which is posted at www.sfcommunityliving.org.  You will find a list of classes and open lab times at 360 Valen­cia Street as well as train­ings we are offer­ing around the city. You will also find links to other resources. To con­nect with the wider com­mu­nity of com­puter and tech­nol­ogy train­ing and sup­port, go to www.ctnbayarea.org. You will find links to train­ing sites, cur­ricu­lum, and much much more. The Com­mu­nity Liv­ing Cam­paign is an orga­ni­za­tional part­ner with the Bay Area Com­mu­nity Exchange Time­bank, where peo­ple can exchange their time and tal­ent. Join the BACE Time­bank and you will find a great way to give and to get com­puter train­ing and sup­port. For more infor­ma­tion or to sign up, go to www.bace.org.