Copper City Community Connection, 305 E. Locust St., received a $5,000 Berkshire Bank Foundation Capacity Building Grant to help ensure the center’s on-going connection to seniors and the community.
The funding from Berkshire Bank Foundation is being used to upgrade technology to keep pace with the changing information age. Not only will the grant be used to upgrade the center’s operating system, email system and security system, it will provide computer education classes two times per week for three-month sessions during the year.
“We are very pleased to have been awarded this very generous grant. Our main goal is to not take resources from an already strapped operation budget to purchase the IT upgrades required for continuing our operations,” said CCCC Executive Director Susan Streeter.
“The community impact will be our ability to educate seniors in the tools they need to keep pace with today’s world. CCCC will further it’s desire to be a community resource for the elderly of Rome and surrounding communities,” the CCCC
executive director added.
“We are delighted to support the important work of Copper City Community Connection through our Capacity Building Grant Program,” said Lori Kiely, director of Berkshire Bank
“Copper City’s proposal stood above the others through our highly competitive grant program, and we are happy to help them with sustainability and advancing operationally.”
Seniors ages 60-plus are the fastest growing users of smart phones and computers/tablets in the U.S. as reported by AARP.