UnitedHealthcare Donates 110 Laptop Computers to Community Organizations in Rhode Island
Donations establish computer labs offering high-speed Internet access to people in underserved communities
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (Jan. 13, 2015) – UnitedHealthcare will donate 110 computers to local organizations to increase computer and Internet access in underserved communities.
UnitedHealthcare delivered refurbished laptops to the Providence Rescue Mission today and will also deliver refurbished laptops to Community Care Alliance of Woonsocket, as well as to other community-based organizations in the Providence and Central Falls areas.
Many community partners have expressed the need to connect via technology with the people they serve. In response, UnitedHealthcare has created computer labs to serve vulnerable populations, such as inner city youth, the elderly and people with disabilities.
“We are excited and grateful for this donation of laptops from UnitedHealthcare,” said Sean Carew, executive director of Providence Rescue Mission, which cares for the homeless and less fortunate. “These computers will give the homeless and needy we serve the opportunity to take online classes, conduct educational research and enable them to be involved in an increasingly computer-savvy world.”
The donated computers help people in the community access health information, assistance programs and other online resources. UnitedHealthcare has donated more than 2,000 computers in 14 states since the program began in 2012.
“Being able to offer these new services to underserved members of our community will go a long way toward closing the technology gap that some of our most vulnerable residents face,” said Benedict Lessing, president and CEO of Community Care Alliance of Woonsocket. “Computer access to assist with self-sufficiency such as employment, financial literacy, education and vocational training is key to helping families and individuals in the community connect with the services they need.”
Community Care Alliance of Woonsocket provides individuals and families the opportunity to meet economic, social and emotional challenges and enhance their well-being through viable programs and resources.
“The Community Computers program was designed to increase computer and Internet access in neighborhoods where access to these tools may be limited,” said Patrice Cooper of UnitedHealthcare Community Plan of Rhode Island. “We are grateful for the opportunity to help people in our communities gain access to critical information and resources through these laptops.”
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