Recognizing a rising want for entry to expertise throughout COVID-19, United Method Better Victoria (UWGV) is funding a pilot venture that’s serving to to shut the hole between those that profit from fashionable expertise and people who don’t – one thing often known as the digital divide.
The Digital Divide – Group Know-how Assist Desk program gives susceptible group members, seniors and non-profit service suppliers with a digital group assist desk and a expertise lending program.
“COVID-19 has demonstrated that expertise is now not a ‘good to have,’ it’s a necessity,” mentioned Mark Breslauer, CEO for United Method Better Victoria. “For many who are susceptible, the digital divide has grown right into a chasm.”
In a survey carried out by UWGV, a 3rd of respondents mentioned they needed to take cash out of their meals budgets to pay for web prices.
The group assist desk can help individuals with technical points, putting in software program, sending emails or creating paperwork, amongst different issues. It may be reached Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. at 236-638-2610 and 250-217-4978.
For the lending library, UWGV is partnering with numerous group companies that may borrow expertise for particular packages and their members. Tools might embrace computer systems, telephones, tablets and web connections.
“Elevated entry to expertise can imply a lady in an abusive state of affairs is ready to entry counselling and/or emergency help on her personal non-public cellphone,” UWGV mentioned in a launch. “A toddler residing in poverty doesn’t must threat falling additional behind as a result of they’ll’t entry on-line studying, and an remoted senior can have a connection to the surface world.”
This system was established by the Coalition of Neighbourhood Homes with funding from the federal authorities’s emergency group help fund, granted by UWGV. It’s hosted by the Sooke Household Useful resource Society.
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