Heidi Raubenolt

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Nominee for Digital Literacy and Skilling

What is your company and title?

Mercy Education Project, Executive Director


Tell us why you’re best for this committee! 

My work with Mercy Education Project has given me the foundation in digital literacy work to effectively chair this committee. I am a skilled group facilitator and enjoy bringing a group together around a common problem to come up with creative solutions!


Why are you interested in serving on a Connect 313 Committee? What do you hope to gain from the experience? 

I am invested in the mission of Connect 313. I have seen first hand the challenges the digital divide causes residents of the city and I want to be part of the solution. I hope to gain a better understanding of the issue and its possible solutions. I also hope to make new connections with others in the community.


What is your vision for bridging the digital divide in Detroit?

My vision is to shift the mindset that access to digital technology is a privilege to that of a basic human right. Even before the pandemic, access to the internet and a suitable device was a necessity to be successful in our society. Today, it is even more prevalent and imperative that all have access.


Please share your current community activities and/or volunteer work.

I am active in many city wide initiatives as the representative of my organization. I am also a volunteer with the Wayne County Medical Reserve Corp and have volunteered with my local area on aging during the pandemic.


Please share any of your current committee or Board memberships.

I am currently an active member of two of the Connect 313 committees.


Please share any skills, experience, or interests that you may have.


Public Relations / Marketing / Communications

Outreach / Advocacy

Board Experience

Community Service

Grant Writing

Policy Development

Nonprofit Experience

Education / Training

Public Speaking

Empathy (the ability to understand and share the feelings of others)

Relationship Building + Management

Leadership / Coaching Skills

Facilitation Skills


Please share any other relevant information that you feel is important to include with your nomination.

I appreciate the opportunity to be considered for a Connect 313 Chairmanship. I look forward to working with the entire collaboration to bridge the digital divide in Detroit!