Through great efforts and passionate work Cindy Hickman, our Active Adults Coordinator, was able to start a program to help Erie older adults gain access to technology they didn’t have before. Laptops in Laps is a program for Erie older adults who are age 60 and better, who do not have advanced technology. With Cindy’s strive she was able to get 28 Chromebooks to loan participants to help them connect virtually. Through an application process, Erie older adults are able to receive a loaner Chromebook for free to use for as long as needed. During these times being able to connect virtually has been essential. With the Laptops in Laps program recipients are able to connect virtually with doctors, family and friends, church, recreation classes, and other pertinent needs.
Months of Cindy’s exciting efforts have begun to take a key role in helping older adults connect. One of the partners of this program is the Erie Library. Their staff will help train recipients on the Chromebooks. Another partner is Erie Uplink. They will help fund financial needs for internet access, if necessary. All partners work together to review and approve applications, and are helping older adults connect virtually.
Though the program is new to the community, for Cindy it has been an achievement she has been working on since the beginning of summer through a step by step process to accomplish this amazing opportunity. The bright outcomes have just started. A couple of recipients are using the Chromebook to apply for jobs, others have been able to participate in classes and events they were not able to before. The Laptops in Laps program highlights the importance of still being able to lead active lives. The application is available to Erie older adults age 60 and better through the Erie Active Adults program. Cindy Hickman continues to provide a wonderful program for the community.