High School Volunteers Lead Coders Club

  Once a month, Kramden hosts a Coders Club for middle school students who are interested in learning about programming. In past club meetings, students have learned how to use programming languages to make music, code robots, and create art. Kramden’s Program Manager, Lile Stephens, typically leads the meetings but this month featured guest instructors. This May, student volunteers from …

Kramden and UNC Provide Phones to Telehealth Patients

  If you have been keeping up with Kramden’s blog, you will know that we have a few partners that help us to distribute computers across the Triangle. The Green Chair Project and Marcus Harris Foundation give desktops to K-12 students or deliver tablets to classrooms. But those are not the only devices we give out through our programs. Since …

Marcus Harris Foundation Delivers Devices to Classrooms

  One of Kramden’s community partners is the Marcus Harris Foundation. Marcus Harris established the foundation in 2018, growing out of his life-long love of volunteering. Harris wanted to do more to support low-income children living in the Triangle. One of the first programs he set up was Kutz for Kids. This program provides free haircuts to children from underserved …

MLK Day 2023: Three non-profits team up for donation drive

With the start of 2023, three Triangle non-profits are asking for in-kind donations of household furnishings, computers, and school-aged clothes to benefit families facing the challenges of homelessness, crisis, and disaster. The Green Chair Project, Note in the Pocket, and Kramden Institute are joining forces to collect items on Martin Luther King Day, Jan. 16, 2023, at Green Chair’s Raleigh …

Geek of the Week – Isabella Jong

  Isabella Jong is Geek of the Week! Isabella first started volunteering with Kramden in September 2021.  She has volunteered more than 100 hours refurbishing computers and assisting in teaching basic digital literacy classes to our adult learners.  Thank you, Isabella, for your support and dedication to Kramden’s mission! Favorite Geek Books: Top favorite is the Mistborn series by Brandon …

Kramden’s Train-the-Trainer Program in Winston-Salem brings digital skills to more people in NC.

  Community Technology Instructors (CTIs) Wanda and Darlie have delivered three sessions of Kramden’s Computer Basics program to members of the Housing Authority of Winston-Salem community. Wanda and Darlie attended our two-day training in August and have been leading classes since.   Train the Trainer is Kramden’s strategy for bringing our digital literacy curriculum to more communities across North Carolina. …

High School Students Donate 300 Computers to Kramden

  This month, Isaac Lund and Joey Milazzo made an incredible equipment donation to Kramden as part of a larger project to address digital equity needs during the pandemic. The two high school seniors already have experience in non-profit leadership, as they founded the student led Service Beakers non-profit during their freshman year of high school. Isaac, Joey and some …

National Digital Inclusion Week Oct. 3-7

October 3-7, 2022, is National Digital Inclusion Week and October 14 is International E-Waste Day. To take action for both, Kramden is partnering with the North Carolina Technology Association to offer a Digital Drive, an electronic waste recycling event, on Oct. 7, 10-2 pm, at 4000 Westchase Boulevard in Raleigh. Individuals and businesses are invited to drop off their surplus …

Digital Drive on Friday, Oct. 7

On Friday, October 7, Kramden is partnering with the North Carolina Technology Association to offer a Digital Drive to collect and recycle electronic. The Drive will be held from 10-2 pm, at 4000 Westchase Boulevard in Raleigh. Individuals and businesses are invited to drop off their surplus laptops, desktops, all-in-ones, monitors, cables, peripherals, tablets, and cell phones. No TVs, speakers, …

Spectrum Announces $30,000 Spectrum Digital Education Grant for Kramden Institute

  RALIEGH, N.C. (Feb. 10, 2022) – Spectrum today announced Kramden Institute has received a $30,000 Spectrum Digital Education grant for the Computer Basics for Seniors curriculum as part of its five-year, $7 million commitment to digital education in Spectrum communities across the country. Funding will support Kramden’s collaboration with a variety of community partners in the Triangle, Fayetteville, and …

Gamers Nexus Supports Next Generation of PC Builders

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Longtime Volunteer Creates Monitors of Modern Art Website

Encouraged by his parents to find a place to volunteer, Super Geek Louis Jacobowitz first joined  Kramden in high school. Over the past 8+ years, Louis transformed into Kramden’s Monitor Testing Guru. On any given Wednesday Work Night, he can be found in the monitor testing area, ensuring all monitors are correctly functioning before distribution. One day when testing, a …