It is critical for our clients and residents to have access to computers and reliable broadband connectivity. The COVID-19 pandemic has magnified the need for digital access in order to participate in distance learning, engage in county services, and access virtual therapy and telehealth appointments.
This work is just the beginning of an ambitious effort and supports clients and residents in three main ways: connectivity and internet access, devices and supports to these services.
More information about the Connecting Hennepin program, what devices will be available, and how to access services, will be posted as it is available.
One mother wrote, “I’m thankful for the laptop so that I can help my three daughters and son with school distance learning. We don’t own a personal computer, and this will be so helpful. Also, my father-in-law was recently diagnosed with cancer and we constantly have virtual appointments with his oncologist. The laptop will be most helpful...”
A woman said the laptop is a critical piece for professional training. “My current laptop freezes in the middle of my work. With this, I will be able to complete all my coursework and apply to nursing school.”
One man said, “I have been down on my luck since I’ve been let go from my job that I enjoyed tremendously. I will use this to help me obtain a job and better myself.”
By the numbers
More than 2,700 Chromebooks went to students who were distance learning.
More than 5,800 Windows laptops went to adults who were job seeking or seniors who with telehealth needs.
Hennepin County wishes to thank all the organizations who stepped up to make this a success, especially our partner PCs for People.