For many non-profits in the Chicago area, making the transition to using technology - including hardware, software, and even web-based tools - can be a very daunting and intimidating task. It's not just about affordability or digital literacy - it's about navigating a relatively new field.
Thankfully, there's a really great player in the field - Hands On Tech.
Hands On Tech (which is part of Hands On Suburban Chicago) is a local organization that provides training, staffing, and resources to help non-profits become more savvy in using tech. (In fact, they'll be holding a presentation on non-profits and cloud computing this Thursday). Their mission is "to increase the nonprofit sector’s use of technology to build community resources and ultimately improve outcomes for low-income communities and families."
Many of their trainings are done by volunteer presenters who know about their field and who can ease attendees into an ever-increasingly complicated field. All trainings and webinars are free to attend, and quite honestly, are well worth attending. In addition, Hands On Tech will perform some hands-on work with select non-profits, and even has an easy-to-complete online application.
In fact, Hands On Chicago has a variety of upcoming events, including:
- A "deep dive" webinar into the scope of Hands On's Consulting Services this Friday;
- A training on Google Apps (by Google Employees) on December 12th;
- On December 17th, a look at how non-profits can use Linked In;
- In January, an in-depth look at mastering Facebook; and
- Wordpress & Nonprofits in January (held in River Grove)
In Chicago, there are a variety of organizations and resources for helping non-profits and other social good agents become more familiar with tech. (I should know - I'm one of them). But Hands On Tech is making a very active commitment to helping non-profits in the Chicago area....and they need to be recognized and promoted.
And as always, thanks for reading!