Urban League of Louisiana has teamed up with Verizon for the Verizon Technology Loaner Program, a new initiative to support Urban League program participants in the Greater New Orleans Area impacted by the COVID-19 crisis.
The program will provide technology support to residents who are home-schooling children and those who are unemployed due to the pandemic in support of their job search efforts.
“We are proud to support our community by providing devices, connectivity and resources,” said Verizon’s Louisiana Government Affairs Director Tandra LeMay. “Communication is imperative now more than ever. Verizon is committed to keeping communities connected during this time of crisis.”
According to a recent report by the Data Center, 20 percent of New Orleanians do not have access to internet access, making job-searching and online schooling difficult and near impossible for many. The pilot phase of this program will begin in May with an official program launch slated for early June.
“We are grateful to Verizon for providing Urban League students, families and participants with the technology they need to respond to COVID-19,” said Judy Reese Morse, President and CEO of the Urban League of Louisiana. “We know all too well about the digital equity access issues that existed before the pandemic, and those issues have been magnified. This program will help to close the gap.”
Through the Loaner Program, Verizon will provide Urban League program participants with access to laptops, hotspots and the web connectivity needed to keep up with school and work during the quarantine process.
“We are thankful to be able to continue our programming in innovative ways and offer critical technology tools and resources allowing our program participants to remain engaged,” said Cathy Washington, Executive Vice President of the Urban League of Louisiana.