Via my colleague Rachel Weidinger ..
Staff of this org are friends of mine (and neighbors)...any help/ coverage/ support of this devastating fire at a digital divide-bridging nonprofit on Valencia Monday night would rock. I donated $100 and plan to donate more.
Caminos, when they have a classroom, provides tech training to low-income Latina immigrants--and only for women. Students often start not knowing how to turn on a computer, and end up with assorted Microsoft Certifications, or starting design businesses. Serious learning goes on here, and all in Spanish,
Twitter had great coverage of the fire as it happened thanks to density of Twitter users in the Mission, but I only learned today that Caminos was destroyed..they lost everything.
The fire yesterday evening ravaged our building. We walked into our classrooms to find that all of our 40 computers in the computer lab where rendered unusable due to the extensive water damage. We will have to replace all of our computer equipment, which will be costly for CAMINOS. Our server alone was $3,500! CAMINOS will also have to find a temporary home from where to continue our computer training and work force development.
Set up this Facebook Cause for the cool kids: http://apps.facebook.com
Donations accepted most directly at Paypal here: http://tinyurl.com/29axh9
Thank you for any support you can lend. I want Laura and Petra to know they're not alone. Laura, the Executive Director of Caminos is cc'd above, as is Alfredo Pedroza in the Mayor's Office. They can provide additional details, if you need them.