Tampa, FL – Computer Mentors Group, Inc. (CMG), a Tampa-based technology training nonprofit organization, announced today it will on Veterans Day – Tuesday, November 11, 2014 – distribute refurbished computers, with software and Internet connectivity, to fifty veterans, who most recently experienced homelessness in the Tampa area, and are being re-housed in permanent housing units as part of Operation: REVEILLE-Tampa/Hillsborough County.
Operation: REVEILLE-Tampa/Hillsborough County is an effort to actualize President Obama’s goal to end Veteran homelessness by 2015. This initiative, coordinated by The Tampa Hillsborough Homeless Initiative, along with the City of Tampa and Hillsborough County, will bring together federal, regional, state and local government agencies, faith-based organizations, housing providers, non-profit agencies and businesses to connect 50 homeless Veterans to permanent supportive housing. In addition to the technology services to be provided by Computer Mentors Group, other services to be provided by other area agencies will include: intensive case management, employment services, legal assistance, mental health services, benefits eligibility screenings, Veterans benefits, financial counseling, health care, and household supplies. The day-long event will take place at Port Tampa Bay, Terminal #6, 1333 McKay Street, Tampa, FL 33602.
“This is a tremendous opportunity to positively impact the lives of people who have impacted our lives through their selfless service to protect our nation,” said Ralph Smith, CMG’s executive director and founder. As a part of their community service learning activities, participants in CMG’s Technology Service Learning (TSL) program will repair and refurbish computers donated to CMG by area corporations, and then they will install them in the homes provided to the veterans who formerly lived on the streets or in shelters.
The TSL program provides these former youth offenders, between the ages of 18 and 21, the opportunity to earn their GED or high school diploma while completing training and certification in IC3, Microsoft Office, and A+. Over 100 participants have matriculated through this program’s intense, 8-month curriculum, and about 80% of those completing the program have successfully entered into full-time employment or post-secondary education.
“It’s our way of giving back,” said one shy female program participant. Michael Williams, who has evolved into a leadership role among the program participants said, “This is an opportunity and a blessing; not everyone gets this chance. It’s a great thing. They [the veterans] will be up to date on things, and learn how to use the computer.”
TSL program participants and staff will volunteer at Operation: REVEILLE by staffing an information booth, conducting technology demonstrations, and providing other related services for the veterans.
Founded in 1997 as a “grassroots” organization in East Tampa, Computer Mentors Group, Inc. (CMG) is a non-profit service organization that empowers youth and adults in our community with the technology skills and tools they need for educational and employment success. The organization’s technology professionals and others dedicate their time and talent to encourage and guide young people toward computer and IT careers. The organization has served over 1,200 youth from Hillsborough County, and won the Tampa Business Journal Education Non-Profit of the Year for 2011.
For more information about Computer Mentors Group and its Technology Service Learning program, contact George Bolden at (727) 851-2064 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Additional information may be found at CMG’s website – www.computermentors.org.