The Greater Susquehanna Valley United Way has partnered with libraries in Northumberland, Snyder and Union Counties to make mobile WiFi hotspots available for loan out to students and families.
The WiFi hotspots are available for use for individuals struggling to connect to work or school during hybrid/remote learning and work.
The hotspots can be signed out at any library in the three-county footprint (besides Shamokin-Coal Township Public Library). The WiFi hotspots are to be utilized for school and work related access and will restrict access to inappropriate content.
Provided by Kajeet for Education, the WiFi hotspots operate on T-Mobile, AT&T and Verizon networks.
With the transition to hybrid learning, many barriers exist that prevent students and families from engaging and learning in a safe, productive environment. Connection to the internet for families in need is an important piece to ensure our young people continue to learn and grow, the United Way said.
“We are grateful to be able to partner with the United Way to make sure that students have the access to the technology they need to operate in a remote-learning environment,” JA Babay, director of the Montgomery House/Warrior Run Area Public Library in McEwensville, said of the hotspots. “With increases in homeschool, cyber school and distance-learning, we want to be certain that no student falls through the cracks, and that the needs of families and students in our area are being met.”
The United Way said it fights for the health, education and financial stability of every person in Northumberland, Snyder and Union counties by addressing the root cause of social problems, adding that it strives to serve as a catalyst, leader and partner to develop long-term social change by engaging communities to address identified areas of impact.