With the help of his CHIPS mentor, Mr. F has learned to pay his bills online, started online banking, and gets to talk to his family and share family photos daily.
Computers for Homebound & Isolated Persons (CHIPS)
CHIPS provides donated computers to seniors who are isolated by illness or by their role as a full-time caregiver of a homebound senior. The CHIPS program trains and equips homebound and isolated persons who are age 55 and older to use e-mail and the Internet to overcome social isolation, connect with people and resources, assert more control over their own lives, and contribute to their community.
Volunteers install the equipment and serve as mentors to help the participants learn to use and maintain the equipment. Participants learn how to use e-mail, search engines, and safely use the Internet. The use of e-mail is a great way to overcome loneliness by providing a point of contact with friends, family members, and neighbors.
Project LIVE staff members make a home visit to assess each applicant to determine eligibility and identify any special needs for using a computer. Senior Citizens Information & Referral Service takes all requests for CHIPS and gathers basic application information.
Phone: (865) 546-6262