Grit Award

Aug. 02, 2013 @ 04:06 PM

In the words of Dr. Seuss, “Oh, the places you’ll go!”
Who knew that what began as a father-son project for Mark and Ned Dibner in their basement to help kids who didn’t have access to computers at home would grow into a nonprofit that has fielded about 8,000 volunteers and aims in 2013 alone to distribute 3,000 computers?
The Kramden Institute has helped thousands of people gain more access to technology since it began in 2003. Its programs have grown in scope, as has the nonprofit’s need for space. Kramden recently signed a lease to double its space. And its programs now serve kids who need computers, as well as older students, other nonprofits and people served by specific agencies who need computers.
Kramden, which is Mark’s and Ned’s names together spelled backward, has served a vital need in this community, and will continue to do so, thanks to a father and son (and this week’s Grit Award winners) who had a good idea and decided to see the places it could go.