Community Partners are instrumental in helping us bring our programs and services to communities throughout the United States and globally, ensuring we are meeting the unique needs of individual regions. Working with local housing developers, community centers, public libraries, civil rights organizations, and others, One Economy is able to create localized and relevant resources, implement programs, and hire residents to maintain networks, create content and conduct community technology trainings. Our community partners ensure that we are grounded in the neighborhoods we serve.
In 2010, One Economy partnered with some of this country’s leading civil rights organizations, the Broadband Opportunity Coalition (BBOC). Through this partnership, One Economy and the BBOC received one of the highest federal grants through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act to bring affordable broadband access, technology training and online resources to underserved communities, including the constituents of the BBOC. The BBOC members have launched Digital Connector programs in African-American, Asian, and Latino communties and created Public Service Announcements in multiple languages about the importance of broadband adoption.
One Economy recently partnered with the Family Resource network to provide West Virginia residents with easy online access to local public services that can help improve their lives. With access to more than 50 member organizations across the state, The Family Resource Network has helped One Economy populate BeeLocal, a tool for locating public services, with relevant information about resources in West Virginia. Local resources ranging from free tax filing and after school programs, to employment services and food assistance, are all available on BeeLocal.