The United Way of the Greater Chippewa Valley recently completed its first device distribution as part of its new Digital Equity and Inclusion program.
In partnership with Eau Claire County Human Services and PC for People, a total of 27 individuals received fully subsidized refurbished laptop computers. All devices were provided to individuals below her 200% of federal poverty level or her 60% of regional median income.
The new Digital Equity & Inclusion Program is a partnership with Eau Claire County and has four priorities.
1. Broadband – increasing the number of reliable and affordable internet service connections
2. Devices – Increase the supply of high-quality, cost-effective devices
3. Skills and Literacy – Increase training on device use
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4. Tech Support – Increase tech support to help residents with device issues
United Way of the Greater Chippewa Valley understands that the Internet is no longer a luxury, it must connect students, workers, and families with the resources they need to succeed in the world. Whether it’s getting an education, accessing health care, managing finances, growing a career, or connecting with family and friends, the United Way recognizes that people affected by the digital divide do not have the same opportunities to participate in society. I understand.
“The ability to access and use the Internet is necessary to access resources in today’s world,” said Andy Nevolak, United Way Executive Director, Greater Chippewa Valley. “Unfortunately, in Eau Claire County alone, his 4,688 households do not have internet access, and his 5,964 people in Eau Claire County do not have computers at home. , with the aim of reducing these numbers.”
The first digital resource fair, including Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP) sign-up, device distribution and technical training, will take place on March 4th from 8:30-11:30 am at Main Street Gym in Augusta, Wisconsin will be To register for this event, please visit https://www.uwgcv.org/digital-resource-fair or call 715-834-5043.
The distribution of this first device had an immediate impact, with recipients sharing reactions such as “This device will help me raise my son” and “This gift will be a great blessing.” increase.
The United Way of the Greater Chippewa Valley hopes to provide 300 devices this year to those in need in Eau Claire County. Current funding supports over 130 devices. If you are interested in supporting this effort financially, please contact Amber at the United Way office by calling 715-834-5043.
To learn more about the United Way of the Greater Chippewa Valley’s Digital Equity & Inclusion Program and connect with local resources, visit https://www.uwgcv.org/digital-equity-inclusion-initiative please.
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