Nov 9 - Dec 31, 2017

LFC: Loaves, Fishes & Computers

Mission

Loaves, Fishes & Computers’ (LFC) mission is to help overcome the digital and economic divide by providing low-cost or no-cost computer systems, technology assistance, and computer repair to low-income families, seniors, veterans, people with disabilities and nonprofit organizations, while providing volunteers a place to learn, share and develop their computer and information technology skills.

The Big Idea

LFC 2.0 will expand its services as a community technology center for education and innovation to those most in need of computers and digital skills, and education and career readiness.

LFC 2.0 represents the next iteration for our region’s non-profit community technology & education center. LFC will continue to provide free or very low-cost desktops, laptops, and now offer Chrome books and tablets. LFC will expand opportunities for the 200+ volunteers, who learn computer refurbishing and repair, business administration and customer service, by offering seminars, job shadowing & mentoring opportunities in an array of Information Technology and business careers. With increased community funding, LFC will establish an open “hands-on” learning lab environment where youth, under the leadership of teachers and technology professionals, may experiment with computers, robotics and learn Information Technology skills. LFC will also provide children and parents opportunities to learn the various parts of computers, refurbish one and take it home, thus supporting parent-child relationships and increasing their collaboration and teamwork skills. By partnering with other nonprofit regional organizations, LFC 2.0 will also focus on offering its services of technology assistance and training to their constituents.

When I started college, I was very low income and did not have a computer. This was a big obstacle and I struggled to get to a library to do my work. One day while researching, I learned about Loaves, Fishes & Computers, and went there. LFC gave me a computer, and I no longer had that obstacle and continued with my education. I am now a Social Worker with Monterey County Child Protective Services. LFC has helped many of my clients and thousands of people in our community. What this organization does is life-changing. I am excited to see LFC expand to provide its services to wider areas and more people. The staff clearly has their hearts invested in helping our community, and that is something that is invaluable.

— Marlene Ramirez, Age 35, Salinas