“The Tech Pack Program allows Do Space to expand our digital equity efforts outside of the building,” McGraw says. The laptop and Wi-Fi device will be given to those who qualify for an entire year, giving people access to classes and technology tutoring, and computer basics training. McGraw says the idea for the program came about as the impact of the pandemic was felt across the community. Disparities were shown through access to technology, and Do Space wanted to ensure that its services are easy to access.
Do Space will provide free computers and Wi-Fi devices to hundreds of community people in the Metro. “Do Space’s aim is to give free access to technology as well as tech education to the Omaha community,” says Angela McGraw, Do Space’s Director. The “Tech Pack Program,” a new initiative, will provide free internet access to 945 people who are above the age of 18, have a free Do Space membership, and do not have reliable internet connection.
McGraw says all they have to do is complete six Do Space courses, quarterly surveys, and respond to bi-monthly check-in emails. Access to the internet can be life-changing, McGraw says. “We’re really excited to be able to pilot this program and offer it to the community.” Two people per household are eligible to apply. Applications for the program are open through June 30th.
“Having access to a laptop and internet connection is important so every Omahan can participate in our digital society, that includes having access to telehealth, access to online education, being able to interact with family members that don’t live near them,” she says. At the end of the one-year program, some may be eligible to keep the technology for good.