The Westchester Library System eVan team is ready, willing and able to promote digital inclusion in Westchester County

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(LR: Joe Maurantonio, Westchester County Executive George Latimer, Dana Hysell and Krishna Brodigan)

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The Westchester Library System eVan will promote digital inclusion in Westchester County while helping individuals and families in need of technology

ELMSFORD, NEW YORK, USA, May 17, 2022 /EINPresswire.com/ — The Westchester Library System (WLS) is pleased to announce the launch of its eVan team and the Digital Equity on the Road project. This group of dedicated team members are committed to promoting digital inclusion here in Westchester County to help individuals and families in our county who need technology to access and participate in lifelong learning. long life, employment opportunities, health information and other essential services.

The eVan team will make scheduled visits to community organizations and local events with a tabletop display and 10 x 10 tent filled with valuable resources to assist community members with information on how to apply for the Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP) to obtain loan access points and digital devices from their library, obtain free library cards and access online resources. Digital browsers will also provide technical assistance and promote online safety.

In addition to the eVan team tours, later in June the launch of the official eVan mobile unit will hit the road and also begin touring Westchester County. This mobile technology and information van will travel to sites throughout the county and is fully equipped with internet connection, solar panels and digital devices that will allow visitors to connect to resources and receive training technological. The eVan can accommodate up to 12 visitors with a tent and has 2,500 square feet of Wi-Fi range.

“This eVan is a gateway to civic and cultural participation for all members of our community. It is vital to provide digital access for education, healthcare, employment and essential services. We want to uplift our Westchester communities, so that everyone receives the resources they need to grow, develop and succeed,” said Westchester County Executive George Latimer.

The eVan will be made up of two professionals, including a bilingual trainer in digital resources, and the eVan team will devote up to 20 hours per week to it. This initiative was made possible through federal American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funding provided to the New York State Library by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) and county government funds of Westchester.

“We are excited about the launch of our eVan project as we strive to bridge the digital divide present in many of our communities,” said Terry Kirchner, Executive Director of the Westchester Library System. “The Westchester Library System looks forward to providing individuals and families across the county with access to technology to pursue lifelong learning, seek employment opportunities and receive other essential services. .”

The eVan team began to bridge this digital divide with visits to Neighbors Link, a non-profit organization that helps provide education, community development, career and legal support to immigrants. The eVan team also visited the Interfaith Council for Action, a non-profit organization in Ossining that supports community, diversity, and opportunity through affordable/workforce housing and social services vital. White Plains ComicFest was also on the list of eVan teams for a fun visit to the Galleria mall, which the White Plains Youth Bureau sponsored, and the 54th annual Westchester County Seniors Tribute is also on the list, with tours Wednesday mornings in May to share this great resource with seniors in our county.

The eVan project is actively booking sites throughout Westchester County this spring and summer, focusing on Mount Vernon, Mount Kisco, Ossining, Peekskill and Yonkers, New York. For more information about the eVan or the Digital Equity on the Road project, please contact Joe Maurantonio, Director of Special Projects at the Westchester Library System, (914) 231-3275 or email [email protected] to know more. Please visit https://www.westchesterdigitalequity.org/ to see the eVan schedule or check out the eVan Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/wlsdigitalequity. If your organization would like to schedule a free visit from the eVan team, please contact Katherine Gasparich at PR To Remember at (914) 218-3968 or by email at: [email protected]

About the Westchester Library System: A focus on community engagement and outreach provides the framework for Westchester Library System (WLS) programs and services. Through partnerships with member libraries, government agencies, service organizations, community members, Westchester County and others, WLS can help them create and grow welcoming and inclusive services and programs. for all residents of their community and county.

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