Street Messaging System - Play It Forward
In today’s information age, access to ICTs is essential. The Street Messaging Service is a unique and instant way of connecting community members to services operating in Downtown Eastside Vancouver. The SMS actively sends accessible and reliable information into the hands of those that need it most via text message.
VCN has developed a web-based text messaging platform that will instantly connect street involved, disadvantaged and vulnerable people in Metro Vancouver with vital information about shelter, food services, health alerts and employment/training opportunities.
Starting in the Downtown Eastside, and using simple text messages, VCN will web-enable direct messaging to help end street homelessness, locate emergency shelters, send alerts about ‘bad batches’, missing persons, and job/skills training.
Vancouver Community Network
VCN is a non-profit Internet service provider that provides free services to assist individuals, community groups, and non-profit organizations in accessing and utilizing the Internet to its fullest ability.
We believe the information, resources and opportunities on the Internet should be accessible to all!
Vision Statement & Mission Statement
The Vancouver Community Network strives to be an inclusive, multicultural, community-based organization which ensures the free, accessible electronic creation and exchange of the broadest range of information, experience, ideas and wisdom.
The Vancouver Community Network owns, operates and promotes a free, publicly accessible, non-commercial, community computer utility in the Lower Mainland of BC which provides a public space on the Internet.