Quality of life is increasingly influenced by one’s access to and ability to use technology – job, school, healthcare, finances, entertainment – there are few areas that do not require some level of proficiency. But, not everyone has access to tech support when they have questions or need help with anything from troubleshooting problems with a personal computer or mobile device to learning ways in which technology can help them most every day.
Inmar began its Community Tech Night program in 2015, in conjunction with WinstonNet, a community technology nonprofit, to offer free technology support to members of the community. Due to the program’s success, Allegacy Federal Credit Union’s Technology team is now collaborating with Inmar to expand the program’s reach in Winston-Salem.
“This program has been very successful due to the commitment and spirit of Inmar’s tech “gurus.” We have received great feedback from the residents. We are very excited to welcome the Allegacy team which gives us the opportunity to expand the program to two locations,” Lynda Goff, WinstonNet Executive Director.
The teams will set up help desks at both the 14th Street and the Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Centers in Winston-Salem from 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m., Thursday, July 14. No appointment is necessary and assistance is free. Anyone needing help with a technology/smartphone/tablet/desktop computer problem, or wanting to learn more about using them, is invited to attend. A Chromebook notebook computer will also be given away at each location.
“Previous Tech Nights have demonstrated the need for assistance exists,” says Greg Kerr, Inmar’s chief technology officer. “We’re happy to have the opportunity to collaborate with the Allegacy team to expand the program to an additional location.”
“We have great respect for what the team at Inmar is building through this program and our team is excited to support it as part of Allegacy’s commitment to doing the right thing for the well-being of our community,” says Ernest Hanington, vice president, Technology, for Allegacy.
Inmar also plans to expand the program to its Austin, Texas location later this year.
Anyone who has redeemed a coupon, filled a prescription or returned a product, has touched Inmar. We apply technology and data science to improve outcomes for consumers and those who serve them. As a trusted intermediary for over 35 years, we have unmatched access to billions of consumer and business transactions in real time. Our analytics, platforms and services enable engagement with shoppers and patients and optimize results.
Allegacy is one of the largest credit unions in North Carolina, with members throughout the world. Founded in 1967 in Winston-Salem, Allegacy has a broad membership base open to anyone in our community. Current members also include the employees, retirees and families of over 665 companies throughout the country. Allegacy offers virtually all personal and business financial services. Allegacy offers 14 financial centers with most locations concentrated in the Triad area, and eight high school student-run credit unions in the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County School system. For more information, visit AllegacyFCU.org.
WinstonNet, Inc. is a 501c technology nonprofit established in 2001 with the vision of closing the “digital-divide” in Winston-Salem/Forsyth County by ensuring every resident has affordable and convenient access to the Internet and basic computer literacy skills to participate in the 21st century economy. WinstonNet supports and maintains 30+ geographically distributed computer labs throughout the Winston-Salem and Forsyth County with over 360 computers providing residents with free high-speed access to the Internet, WiFi hotspots and the latest Microsoft applications with over 10,000 sessions recorded each month. WinstonNet partners with local, state and national organizations to deliver a variety of free computer training programs and refurbished computers to local community residents. Check us out at www.winstonnet.org.