Tech Manitoba Gifts Computers to Those in Need
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About Tech MANITOBA
Tech Manitoba is a member-based association of innovative, future facing companies that are powered by technology. They represent thousands of individuals who work in the Manitoba tech sector.
Together, this non-profit association achieves more than any one company could on their own. Tech Manitoba strives to create an environment for excellence, growth and global recognition in the sector by providing leadership, visibility and collaboration with industry, education and government.
Tech Manitoba Gifts Computers to Those in Need During COVID-19
The COVID-19 outbreak has upended the lives of Manitobans in many ways. One segment of our community that has been hit especially hard, is those without the knowledge or means to access information and connect with others online.
Now more than ever, it is vital to have a strong and stable internet connection, as well as basic computer skills. With the recent announcement that schools will be closing indefinitely in Manitoba, there is also a greater need for students to be able to work from home.
The current pandemic has placed greater emphasis on the Internet as a lifeline to perform work, connect with family and friends, and access health or financial information. Unfortunately, people who lack digital skills and computers are left further behind, creating a digital divide between those that are digitally literate and those who are not.
To bridge this digital divide, Tech Manitoba, a non-profit organization, initially offered eight refurbished computers to individuals or organizations nominated because of their need for a computer. Within 24 hours, they had received over 150 nominations, and realized that they would disappoint far more people than they could help, so they started looking for a larger solution.
The Computers For Schools organization was able to assist by providing up to 200 refurbished, sanitized computers, that they and Tech Manitoba will provide for FREE to those most in need in Manitoba. Along with a free computer, recipients will receive a keyboard, monitor, mouse, and a self-guided handbook to help them set up their computer, learn basic computer skills and get safely online.
If you would like to nominate a deserving person, family or organization in need of a computer
click this link and kindly fill out the form: https://techmanitoba.ca/digitall/ .
If you do not have strong computer skills and are unable to fill out this form, please phone and leave a message at 431-478-0165. Deadline is April 10, 2020.
If you are able to donate a functional computer to Computers For Schools, they will gratefully accept donations at 18 Terracon Place, Winnipeg. Monday to Friday, 8:30am to 4:30pm. If the computer is reusable, please contact the office at 204-988-1790 to schedule a drop-off appointment.
The DigitALL program aims to increase the overall participation of Canadians in the digital economy and ease the burden of social isolation. This is important work due to the number of Manitobans who do not currently have even basic levels of digital literacy.