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Community Empowerment and Enrichment

Durham County replaces computers, laptops, and tablets every four years rotating between departments from year to year. Could you imagine these devices (almost 1,800) going to waste? They don’t! Through programs developed with community partners this technology goes back to the residents of Durham. Durham County partners with the Volunteer Center of Durham, Durham Public Schools and Kramden Institute, Inc. to provide computers, laptops and other electronic items to children, adults and local non-profits in need in our community. 
“The equipment donated by Durham County has allowed us to bridge the digital divide both in Durham and across the state of North Carolina. In Durham County in 2015 alone Kramden awarded 560 desktops to students without a home computer and provided 454 desktops and laptops to Durham County based non-profit organizations, churches, and charter schools.We look forward to a continuing partnership and the great things we can do together including expanding the pilot project with NCCU.”

Jason Ricker, Director of Technical Operations, Kramden Institute, Inc.
  • Provide access to educational, vocational, economic and cultural opportunities

  • Empower citizens to select strategies that improve their quality of life


  1. Provide support for educational opportunities that ensure high academic achievement

  2. Facilitate the development of a skilled workforce aligned with current and future business needs

  3. Foster a business-friendly environment and leverage local and regional economic development resources

  4. Expand access to technology

  5. Enhance cultural and creative opportunities

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