New Tech Lending Library to Keep the Vulnerable Connected 

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There are many essential services available to help our most vulnerable neighbours. But if they can’t apply to them, they aren’t helping. With many computer labs at local libraries, Service Canada locations and employment offices closed, access to services like EI and childcare subsidies has become far more difficult for those without their own computer. 

But, with support from United Way Central & Northern Vancouver Island, the North Island Employment Foundations Society is stepping up to help. 

The Society is creating an electronics lending library in the hopes of addressing the inequality in access to technology that the COVID-19 pandemic has made even worse. 

The lending library will provide no-cost access to a small number of tablets and computers, which will be made available to those with no other way to access these items. 

With these computers, those with low income or who are living in poverty will be able to access public wifi to stay up to date on important pandemic health information and advisories, stay connected with family and loved ones, and make sure that they are registered for and have access to EI, housing subsidies, Income Assistance and more. 

Though a computer or a tablet may seem like an optional expense, access to them and to the internet have become essential in accessing many services, especially as offices and agencies have closed to the public. 

By directing funds from the federal government’s Emergency Community Support Fund, United Way Central & Northern Vancouver Island makes important new services like this available for community members in Campbell River and other communities nearby. 

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