"The mission of Chester County InterLink (CCIL) is to ensure that Chester County residents and organizations have easy and equitable electronic access to information while encouraging interaction among them as part of an electronic community." - CCIL Mission Statement
WHAT IS CHESTER COUNTY INTERLINK (CCIL)?
Chester County Interlink is an all-volunteer, non-profit 501(c)(3) organization founded in 1993 by Jordan Seidel and Eric Raymond.
Major supporters include the West Chester Area Education Association, Chester County Hospital and West Chester University.
CCIL is now one of the few remaining FreeNet services in the country. CCIL is financed through grants and user donations.
CCIL makes free Internet access and related services available to all who live, work or attend school in Chester County. In
addition, CCIL provides web hosting and related ancillary services for a number of Chester County non-profit organizations including the Rotary Club of West Chester, West Chester Senior Center, and Grove United Methodist Church.
Among CCIL users benefiting are senior citizens, the disabled, lower income citizens and those who may not ordinarily have the
finances to support hardware purchases and/or Internet service. Moreover, in addition to equipment and Internet service needs, CCIL volunteers provid e users with required instruction, set-up and general handholding. CCIL combines the best of high tech along with high touch to ensure end users
achieve maximum benefit from their Internet access.
CCIL's strongest assets are our community support, primarily from Chester County Hospital and West Chester University, our solid
volunteer base and donations from our users. Through our community and corporate outreach programs, CCIL envisions broadening existing Internet
access services and continuing to make technology upgrades.
Accessibility: By providing "equal access" possibilities to an increasingly larger portion of Chester County's population CCIL is slowly helping make the web and the resources it provides more accessible.
Volunteers: Most of CCIL's operations are managed and aided by volunteers.
Involvement is strongly encouraged both through financial donations and by lending a helping hand.
Community: The heart of every venture is the community that surrounds it; CCIL is no exception. Beyond its Internet borders CCIL helps host many other events in West Chester and the surrounding areas.