[frgeek-michiana] St. Adalberts projects meeting

  • From: Tom Brown <tbrown@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: FreeGeek Michiana <frgeek-michiana@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Fri, 08 Feb 2008 14:15:19 -0500

The St. Adalbert/St. Casimir parish has several projects that mimic Free Geek/FGM, and they need help moving them forward.

- distribute PCs to low-income parish families
- neighborhood computer lab, possibly two
- school computer lab

Their director of special projects is willing to volunteer time with FGM and bring parish youth who assist her to the warehouse. The pastor is interested in a coop wireless network in their parishes. They have grant writing capability and regular funding available for projects under $2000. The parish has Spanish/English translators available. The have 2-3 dozen donated computers in storage.

The only downside at this point turns out to be the same as with the Sally: background checks for all adults who work with parish youth when sponsored by the parish. The upside is the parish is willing to pay for the background checks, keep them on record at the parish office and issue official letters stating that FGM volunteers have passed the checks. We can use the letters and checks to cover us when working with other organizations. The parish youth will be chaperoned by a certified person whenever they come to our warehouse or lab so I don't believe we need background checks for that.

The special projects director will arrange a visit at St. Casimirs and call me back. I will show her and another parish IT person the lab at the Sally.


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