UnitedHealthcare Donates Refurbished Laptops to Tri-Valley Developmental Services
Donation establishes computer lab offering high-speed Internet access to underserved people in Chanute
CHANUTE, Kan. (Jan. 29, 2015) – Today UnitedHealthcare donated nine computers to Tri-Valley Developmental Services in Chanute to increase computer and Internet access in the community.
The donation will help establish a computer lab offering people– especially inner-city youth, the elderly, and people living with mental and physical disabilities – high-speed Internet access that will enable them to connect with assistance programs, health information and more.
“We thank UnitedHealthcare for donating these laptops and helping us build a lab that the community can access for health information, education, job opportunities and more,” said Tim Cunningham, executive director of Tri-Valley Developmental Services, a not-for-profit that aims to enhance the quality of life for people living with physical and developmental disabilities.
Community-based organizations continue to express the need to connect technology with the people they serve. In response, UnitedHealthcare launched the Community Computers program to help create computer labs that give underserved people in the community convenient access to the Internet. To date, UnitedHealthcare has donated more than 2,000 computers in 14 states, including Kansas, since the program began in 2012.
Last year, UnitedHealthcare Community Plan of Kansas donated more than 100 refurbished laptops to organizations in need throughout the Sunflower State. This month, the company plans to deliver refurbished laptops to other community-based organizations in Johnson, Wyandotte, Sedgwick, Pottawatomie, Douglas, Butler, Saline and Shawnee counties.
“The Community Computers program was designed to increase computer and Internet access in neighborhoods where access to these tools may be limited,” Tim Spilker, CEO of UnitedHealthcare Community Plan of Kansas. “We are honored to help people in our communities gain access to critical information and resources through these laptops.”
UnitedHealthcare is dedicated to helping people nationwide live healthier lives by simplifying the health care experience, meeting consumer health and wellness needs, and sustaining trusted relationships with care providers. The company offers the full spectrum of health benefit programs for individuals, employers, military service members, retirees and their families, and Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries, and contracts directly with more than 800,000 physicians and care professionals, and 6,000 hospitals and other care facilities nationwide. Globally, UnitedHealthcare serves 45 million people in health benefits and is one of the businesses of UnitedHealth Group (NYSE: UNH), a diversified Fortune 50 health and well-being company. For more information, visit UnitedHealthcare at www.uhc.com or follow @myUHC on Twitter.