Digital Inclusion

Signature Events

Computers are everywhere today. We use them to shop, bank, pay bills, keep in touch, find jobs, and watch our favorite shows. In this day and age computers and access to the internet are essential to functioning in society. For many having a computer and home internet are still luxuries they can't afford. This gap between the amount of computers in society and their absence in many low-income homes is called the digital divide.

Digital Inclusion at United Way of Utah County is dedicated to closing the digital divide. 

We strive to make Utah County digitally inclusive in three areas: 1. Access to technology; 2. Access to the internet; 3. Knowledge and literacy for using the technology.

Programs

Computer Help Labs

The Computer Help Labs are available to help anyone increase their computer skills. Patrons of the labs have learned to use email, social media, create resumes in Word, and budgets in Excel, among many other things. Each lab is staffed with dedicated and knowledgeable volunteers that provide one-on-one assistance. Whether you’ve never used a computer before, want to learn a new skill or program, or just need help with the new phone you got the Computer Help Labs are here for you!

There are currently three locations for the labs:

Provo City Library
550 North University Avenue
Provo, UT 84601
Tuesdays and Thursdays from 2-5 PM

Pleasant Grove Library
30 East Center
Pleasant Grove, UT 84062
Wednesdays from 1-3 PM

South Franklin Community Center
770 South 700 West
Provo, UT 84603
Tuesdays from 7-8 PM

 Adopt-a-Computer

The Adopt-a-Computer program is here to give computer access to those who wouldn't be able to afford it other ways. Low-income adults can receive computers by completing 10 hours of time at one of the Computer Help Labs. If you are interested in participating in the Adopt-a-Computer program you can contact us at at 801-691-5375 or by coming in to any of our Computer Help Lab locations. The computers given come from donations and are wiped and cleaned before being given out. Donate a computer now.

Digital Inclusion Week

Digital Inclusion Week is a nationwide event about promoting digital equity. At United Way of Utah County, we are participated in Digital Inclusion Week this year by partnering with Google Fiber and Provo City to hold Digital Inclusion events and a social media campaign with #ProvoGotSkills. You can see some of what we did for Digital Inclusion Week by searching #ProvoGotSkills on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram. In 2019, Digital Inclusion Week will take place October 7th-11th. We will have updated information as the date gets closer.

Resources

Digital Literacy Roadmap- The roadmap goes over many computer basics and is a good starting point for learning about computers.

GCFLearnFree- This site from the Goodwill Community Foundation has tutorials on topics ranging from computer basics, to photo editing, to job search skills.

Digital Literacy Assessment- This site has an assessment to test your computer knowledge.

Digital Learn- This site has tutorials on a variety of computer topics.