City of Bloomington Awards Farmer House Museum & TechHeroes 2020 Digital Equity Grant Funds to Launch: Bloomington Stories
January 7, 2021
For more information, please contact
Jenny Donegan, Founder
TechHeroes & Bloomington Stories
City of Bloomington Awards Farmer House Museum & TechHeroes 2020 Digital Equity Grant Funds to Launch:
Bloomington, Ind. - Technology Support, Advocacy and Training, creating effective program solutions that identify barriers to access and provide one-one support to elders, seniors, and underserved populations, including the community at large.
We are excited to announce we have been awarded opportunities for training of staff and development of creative solutions with Area 10 Agency on aging to provide access, training and support to our community and Bloomington Stories.
Bloomington Stories is a program that has been funded through the Digital Equity grant funding for 2020. Jenny Donegan founder of TechHeroes has continued to pioneer her mission of Bridging the Digital Divide and has found a partner in the Farmer House Museum to create and support the development of the annual program Bloomington Stories. Emily Purcell, Director of the Farmer House Museum saw the promise in the TechHeroes program and was a natural fit for her passion in library technologies and oral history. Jenny and Emily piloted the TechHeroes Farmer House partnership by offering one-one "Technology and Tea" sessions, providing a TechHero to help solve their issue, in a friendly Bloomington home, Farmer House Museum.
“Whether students, seniors, or residents experiencing homelessness, many people in Bloomington lack adequate digital access. The City is glad to be able to partner with our community’s nonprofits in this small step toward getting more people connected with a basic twenty-first-century utility.” - John Hamilton, Bloomington Mayor
The Bloomington Stories concept found a home with the Farmer House and Emily Purcell heading up the archival and hosting of the Bloomington Stories recording lounge in the Farmer House Museum. Jack Kilby, will join us to round out the team for technical support and expertise in recording audio and a passion for storytelling.
We are looking forward to our kick off meeting this coming week and creating a recording studio at the Farmer House Museum and a portable recording setup to take the show on the road.
The program will include outreach events focused on providing basic tech skills for the community as well as support through the process to begin the legacy of oral history through Bloomington Stories and the StoryCorp project, ensuring our voices are recorded in history locally and nationally.
When an Elder dies, a Library Burns. ~Proverb
The Bloomington Stories and the connections created, can serve as a model for other communities to embrace technology as a basic need, fortifying the community with technology access and skills as well as giving lasting voice to the stories in our community.
Are you interested in sharing an oral history . . . a Bloomington Story . . . Are you interested in more information . . . www.bloomingtonstoires.com
Questions and Comments can be directed to Jenny Donegan at firstname.lastname@example.org
Jenny Donegan, Founder of TechHeroes Program shares the wisdom and solutions created through outreach and action to Bridge the Digital Divide . . . Celebrating 10 years 2010-2020. Having successfully worked with elders as a technology advocate and leader in technology outreach and troubleshooting, connecting our elders to resources, family and knowledge through the Internet and Computer Technologies. Currently serving the Bloomington, Indiana community as Commissioner for the Commission on Aging. Jenny's goal is to see TechHeroes become a way of life in communities, bridging the digital divide with creative solutions. www.jennydonegan.com