E-Community Connect

The Fund for the City of New York's E-Community Connect is an integrated initiative begun in 2001 to help families and disenfranchised communities get wired, use information technology to save time, get better services, create economic opportunities, improve access to healthcare and education, strengthen community connections and achieve better outcomes for families and children. Critical to this effort is developing the talents and skills of young people in the community so they are able to maintain systems and create relevant content.

Four components are essential to creating and sustaining an E-Community:

  • Access to computers and the Internet in homes, community-based organizations, government and local businesses
  • Content and web applications relevant to the needs and interests of the community
  • Community residents, nonprofit organizations, governmental agencies and local businesses connected through shared applications
  • Sustainability through training and support of young people in the community so they can apply their talents and skills in the development of content
We thank the following funders for their generous support of various components of E-Community Connect: Altman Foundation • Anonymous • Beaumont Foundation of America • Charles H. Revson Foundation • Edward W. Hazen Foundation, Inc. • The Fledgling Fund • The Ford Foundation • Murray G. and Beatrice H. Sherman Charitable Trust • NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene • Scholastic • Vivendi Universal Foundation



"…the application itself introduced new forms of information access for a particularly difficult-to-reach population…This kind of advanced application development may be commonplace in the for-profit world, but it is revolutionary for social services."

—Evaluation of Parenthood Plus, Center for Youth & Communities, Brandeis University, September 2004. 


E-Community Connect




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