Program helps to bridge digital divide.
For the last two years, the Library’s DigiLit program has helped to bridge the digital divide through a curriculum for adults that includes computer hardware, software and web basics, social media, and an overview of digital resources available at the Library, from e-books to online courses. Thanks to generous support from the Philip L. Van Every Foundation, DigiLit will more than double its reach this year.
Funding from the Van Every Foundation will allow the Library to purchase two portable computer labs, each with 10 laptops, a projector and a portable screen that staff can use to bring DigiLit to settings like senior centers, community centers, and Parks and Recreation facilities, to reach some of our community’s most digitally excluded residents. The goal of DigiLit is to enable all members of our community to participate fully in an increasingly digital society, through training, low-cost devices, and internet access. In today’s world, corresponding with doctors, applying for employment, improving job skills, and supporting a child’s education are all areas where access to a computer, and knowledge of how to use it, are increasingly essential. Today, nearly 20% of Mecklenburg County residents do not have internet access at home, and lack sufficient computer knowledge.
The Library has enjoyed a long relationship with the Van Every Foundation, which has supported initiatives including the Job Help Center, the construction of ImaginOn, and the establishment of an international business collection. This generous investment in digital inclusion will make a lasting difference for so many – improving lives and building a stronger community, one individual at a time.
About the Van Every Foundation
Founded in 1961, the Philip L. Van Every Foundation continues a long legacy of philanthropy; enriching the lives of North and South Carolinians through its generous support of worthy non-profit organizations working to strengthen their communities. As the former Chief Executive Officer of Lance, Inc. and Mayor of Charlotte, Mr. Van Every understood the importance of a quality education, proper healthcare, rehabilitation, community service and the cultural arts. His passion for these causes and desire to provide financial support to organizations addressing these issues inspired him to create the foundation which bears his name.