Cambridge Community Television recently received a Google community grant to support its community outreach programs.
The $55,000 grant will support the Youth Media program, Google’s Age Engage program and media arts and technology classes.
In order to expand the reach of the training program, CCTV collaborates with the Cambridge Public Library to offer workshops to the public. As the library does not charge patrons for any of its services, support from Google will allow CCTV to expand its offerings there.
“CCTV is fortunate to have worked with Google volunteers for the past eight years to help seniors bridge the digital divide,” says Executive Director Susan Fleischmann. “Through Googlers’ patience and generosity, hundreds of seniors have received assistance with their digital devices and internet use. This gift from Google raises the bar for our services for seniors, youth and anyone who is interested in learning about media production and technology.”
“CCTV provides critical services in the Cambridge community, and the work the station does in
technology training for residents has made it a natural fit for Google volunteers over many years,” said Liz Schwab, head of external affairs for Google. “We are thrilled to continue our support of CCTV with this latest grant and look forward to seeing their work improving digital literacy and equity here in Cambridge for years to come.”
“Volunteering with Cambridge Community Television is personally rewarding, since I get to help
local seniors with their technical challenges so they get the most value from Google products,”
said Nate Nottke, Google Cambridge employee and CCTV volunteer. “It might be sharing photos with loved ones, staying safe online or helping them navigate to new destinations. I know I am helping improve their quality of life.”