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TOP's Support for Faith- and Community-Based Organizations

Faith- and community-based organizations have participated in the Technology Opportunities Program (TOP) since its inception. Beginning in 2002, the TOP Announcement of Federal Funding Opportunity explicitly designated faith-based organizations as eligible grantees. TOP has also been an active participant in the White House Faith-Based and Community Initiatives program. Below is a list of some of these organizations we have supported as grantees or project partners. More information on all of these projects can be found in the Grants section of the top website.

The Jubilee Project is a faith-based organization helping to increase the chances of success for start-up specialty food production companies in the remote, impoverished counties of east Tennessee.

Ekklesia Development Corporation in Cincinnati, Ohio, is developing one of the nation's first online services linking faith-based social service providers and empowering people to become more self sufficient.

Grambling State University is working with six Black churches in rural Louisiana to increase community residents' use of the Internet for health and educational purposes.

Khmer Health Advocates is working with partners including the Cambodian Buddhist Temple of Leverett, Massachusetts, to create a telemedicine network to address health issues faced by Cambodian Americans who were victims of trauma and torture in their homelands.

The National Urban Technology Center's Community Employment Network connects public assistance recipients with employment training and listings for technology-related jobs, internships, and other job opportunities at area Baptist churches.

The National Council on the Aging is partnering with the National Interfaith Coalition on Aging and Catholic Charities USA to expand access to its web-based Benefits CheckUp service for seniors.

The Chicago Access Community Health Project is collaborating with multiple community-based health centers, including the Lawndale Christian Health Center.

The Choices Bank project is creating an electronic repository of advanced health care directives in Montana, and working with Christ the King Church's nurse parishioner program to gather the directives from area seniors.

Metropolitan Hospital, in Grand Rapids, Michigan, provides remote interpreting services to non-English-speaking refugee patients at area hospitals and at Catholic Human Development Outreach, an agency that assists refugees.

North Carolina Central University's Community Access to Technology in Durham, North Carolina, provides access to distance education and Internet resources at several community locations, including two churches.

The John C. Ford Program provides employment training through a network of six Inner City Telecommunications Centers in a 200 square mile southern sector of Dallas, Texas. The centers are located at a variety of faith-based and community organizations, including Santa Clara Church, Southern Hills Church of Christ, and Holy Cross Church.

The Hebrew Rehabilitation Center for the Aged is a faith-based organization working with other organizations in Boston to provide wireless technology to one hundred local residents who juggle work and the primary responsibility for caring for family members with cognitive or physical disabilities.

Benedict College is working with local churches and community organizations to address disparities in educational attainment among African Americans in South Carolina.

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