As of August 30, The Bridging Tech Charitable Fund has officially reached our summer fundraising goal of providing 300 laptops to Hamilton Families, a service provider to homeless families living in San Francisco and Oakland. These past two months as a high school ambassador have been filled with research, fundraising efforts, social media posts, emails, reaching out to members of my own community, and writing about my passions outside of bridging the digital divide. It is gratifying to know that everyone apart of Bridging Tech will continue to learn and grow as we expand our efforts.
Since the first four high school ambassadors, three more members have joined in the past month; together we span freshmen, junior, and senior years. Once a week, the HSAs and our two cofounders, Isabel and Margot, meet to discuss updates, task lists, and our social media roles for the following week. Ambassadors are in charge of Instagram, Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, and writing and uploading website blogs. Within each social media, there is one designated channel leader that you can reach out to for help. Content on each account can vary: Instagram is all graphics, often a mix of current events and updates about our nonprofit, while LinkedIn is text based and may showcase articles relating to our cause. Social media is integral to our fundraising efforts, as in an age of a technological based society and COVID-19 social distancing, we source most, if not all, of our donations at a distance.
Because we are funded solely by the public and by some company donations, fundraisers within our respective communities are critical to fulfilling shelters’ needs. Ambassadors have used campaigns like delivery services, reading challenges, venmo requests, and marathon mile counters to spread awareness of the urgency of contributions. The relentless fund-sourcing of our cofounders and associates is the only reason we have been able to give every family in Hamilton Families their own laptop; next, our goal is to provide every individual child with their own device, as the challenges of sharing a device with your family also interferes with one’s education. All of us here at Bridging Tech thank you for your efforts to break cycles of poverty and uplift disadvantaged citizens.