Fulton County Court Appointed Special Advocates, Inc. (CASA) provides trained, supervised volunteers to advocate for abused and neglected children. Last year, CASA staff and 145 volunteers served over 450 of the 1,500+ children.
With minimal Advocacy Coordinators on staff to support volunteers, having immediate access to data – especially during court proceedings – is crucial. Frustrated by regularly failing computers, CASA asked TechBridge® to do a technology assessment which revealed that its entire ﬂeet of donated computers ran Windows 2000 and could not be upgraded.
Since TechBridge knew CASA could not afford to purchase new computers, they recommended Google Chromebooks. CASA had already been accepted into the Google for Nonproﬁts program, and when CASA’s Executive Director learned that the nonproﬁt price for a Chromebook was just $200, she ordered seven!
Using their new, browser-based Chromebooks, CASA’s Advocacy Coordinators can now take a client referral in 30 minutes during court proceedings – a process which used to take up to two weeks to complete. The ﬂexibility to work remotely has made the Advocacy Coordinators more accessible to volunteers, empowering the volunteers to better serve children in need.
Nonproﬁts, hear this: there was no way, on our budget, that we could have addressed our technology issues. Our computers were so old they were dying. Had it not been for TechBridge telling us about the Chromebooks, at least three of my staff would have no computers to work on today.
Fulton County CASA