Austin Free-Net Partners with Foundation Communities

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Local Nonprofits Band Together to Close Digital Divide in Austin

AUSTIN – January 5, 2012 – Technology and education-based nonprofit, Austin Free-Net partners with Foundation Communities to introduce 20 new computer systems to two in-need housing facilities, Spring Terrace and M Station.

Each site recently received 10 HP Pro computers pre-loaded with the Windows7 Plus operating systems, and 20-inch LCD monitors, as well as a printer for resident usage. Spring Terrace and M Station are home to individuals with an income at or below 50 percent of the Travis County median household income, which is the specific clientele Austin Free-Net serves.

“Freely giving our computer systems and eventually our free professional, instructor-lead computer training classes to the residents of these deserving housing communities brings to the forefront what Austin Free-Net has been doing since its inception,” says Juanita Budd, executive director for Austin Free-Net.  “We bridge the digital divide wherever and whenever possible.”

With the addition of the two sites, Austin Free-Net maintains computers at a total of 17 computer labs throughout east and southeast Austin.  The total number of computers maintained currently is 117.  Most of the partner sites offer an Austin Free-Net staff member to instruct or assist in the usage of the computers.

“We are so thrilled to partner with Foundation Communities to give their residents free access to a computer. With these computers the residents can increase their education levels, create their resumes, look for and obtain work, communicate with family members out of state or even out of the country.”

Austin Free-Net is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit based in Austin, Texas and was founded in 1995.  AFN receives its funding via grants and individual donations.  Current locations are:  The DeWitty Center; ARCH; Blackwood Neighborhood Center; Casa Marianella; City of Austin Employment Lobby; Conley-Guerrero Senior Activity Center; East Austin Neighborhood Center; Lyons Gardens; Oak Springs Villas; Rosewood Zaragosa Neighborhood Center; South Austin Neighborhood Center; St. John’s Neighborhood Center; Trinity Center; Ventana del Soul; Spring Terrace and M Station.  For more information on Austin Free-Net, visit or call (512) 236-8225.

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