This Independence Day, the importance of computers and digital literacy for Americans to achieve and maintain their independence is more apparent than ever.
62% of American employees are working from home, where computers allow them to maintain employment while supervising children and remaining safe amid a pandemic. Over 50 million K-12 students participated in some form of remote learning at the end of the previous school year, and many are anticipating that remote learning will be a part of their education in the coming school year; computers allow them to maintain social interaction and learn important skills. Americans not only stay socially-distant but also take control of their time by banking online, shopping online, and receiving medical care online.
The reality for over 38% of Americans does not include internet access, a computer, or the ability to use it effectively. During a normal year, give IT. get IT receives requests from more than 400 individuals and families for a computer and digital literacy training; as the pandemic hit, the amount of requests skyrocketed. It is our mission to help them achieve independence via technology – students graduate with degrees, entrepreneurs start businesses, and adults learn career skills and apply for jobs.
This Independence Day, celebrate by helping a fellow Mainer achieve independence. Visit giveitgetit.org/give-it to learn how.