United Way of Pioneer Valley’s Digital Inclusion Program Deemed a Success with Plans to Move Forward

Springfield, MA (6/29/2022)  The United Way of Pioneer Valley (UWPV) launched its Digital Inclusion program this spring, providing Chromebooks to area residents who do not own digital devices to do job searches, job training, tele-health, etc.  Because of the positive impact noted by the first round of recipients and with community support, UWPV intends to continue the program.


“During the pandemic, UWPV noted that some of our Thrive Financial Coaching and food pantry clients were trying to use their phones for job training, for zoom interviews, and for mental health appointments.  This presented multiple difficulties, and we wanted to help in a meaningful way, so we are happy to provide digital devices for some of these clients,” said Paul Mina, President and CEO of UWPV.


As one client noted, “Thanks to United Way and their digital inclusion program, I have been able to set a goal, strategically plan my steps by researching and contacting professionals, and now I am almost ready to return to the workforce.”

UWPV designed the program with the help of the Greater Holyoke Chamber of Commerce, Northeast IT Systems, Mt. Holyoke College, and South Hadley Electric Light.


If you would like more information about the Digital Inclusion program or any of UWPV’s other direct services, please visit the website at www.uwpv.org or contact Jennifer Kinsman at jkinsman@uwpv.org