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25,000 Free Computers for Montgomery County Residents

25,000 Free Computers Will Be Provided to Eligible Residents

Montgomery County’s digital equity and inclusion program, “Montgomery Connects,” which is operated by the County’s Department of Technology and Enterprise Business Solutions (TEBS), will be distributing approximately 25,000 computers at no charge to eligible residents. The computers will be given out at events through June.

Montgomery Connects previously distributed more than half of the 60,000 free laptop computers it received from a Federal grant to help low-income families. This is the third grant program from the Federal government with the goal of assisting low-income families by providing them laptops.

“This is the final large-scale computer grant we expect to receive, and we want to ensure that everyone who cannot afford a Chromebook computer can get one through the Montgomery Connects program,” said TEBS Director Gail M. Roper. 

Appointments open for registration to receive a laptop approximately two weeks prior to event dates.  Appointments to receive a computer can be made by qualified residents at www.montgomerycountymd.gov/computer.

A Montgomery County library card number is required before making an appointment. Cards can be obtained here.  Eligible residents must have an email address to make an appointment online at www.montgomerycountymd.gov/computer.

If a resident needs assistance, they should call the Marylander Online Help Hotline at 301-405-9810 from 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday through Friday or from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. on Saturdays. Help is available in English, Spanish and in other languages upon request. 

There is a limit of one computer per resident and people must not have already received a computer from the County.  

Eligible recipients must be Montgomery County residents but do not need to be U.S. citizens. Residents must make an appointment online, certify that they do not have access to a computer and appear in person with a photo ID and proof of address to pick up the computer. Everyone, including children, must appear in person to receive the computer. 

Nonprofits who want to assist residents they serve in making arrangements to get computers can reach out to Montgomery Connects at montgomeryconnects@montgomerycountymd.gov to reserve blocks of appointments on specific dates for large enrollment events. 

The schedule for upcoming computer distribution events: 

  • Tuesday, May 28. 3-7 p.m. Silver Spring Civic Center, 1 Veterans Pl., Silver Spring 
  • Wednesday, May 29. 3-7 p.m. Aspen Hill Library, 4407 Aspen Hill Rd., Rockville 
  • Thursday, May 30. 2-6 p.m. East County Community Center, 3310 Gateshead Manor Way., Silver Spring  
  • Friday, May 31. 3-7 p.m. Gaithersburg Library, 18330 Montgomery Village Ave., Gaithersburg 
  • Tuesday, June 4. 4-8 p.m. Germantown Community Recreation Center, 18905 Kingsview Rd., Germantown 
  • Wednesday, June 5. 3-7 p.m. Executive Office Building (Cafeteria), 101 Monroe St., Rockville  
  • Thursday, June 6. 2-6 p.m. East County Community Center, 3310 Gateshead Manor Way., Silver Spring  
  • Friday, June 7. 3-7 p.m. Gaithersburg Library, 18330 Montgomery Village Ave., Gaithersburg 
  • Tuesday, June 11. 3-7 p.m. Silver Spring Civic Center, 1 Veterans Pl., Silver Spring 
  • Wednesday, June 12. 4-8 p.m. Germantown Community Recreation Center, 18905 Kingsview Rd., Germantown 
  • Thursday, June 13. 3-7 p.m. Aspen Hill Library, 4407 Aspen Hill Rd., Rockville 
  • Friday, June 14. 3-7 p.m. White Oak Community Recreation Center, 1700 April Ln., Silver Spring  
  • Saturday, June 15. 11-3 p.m. Gaithersburg Library, 18330 Montgomery Village Ave., Gaithersburg 
  • Tuesday, June 18. 3-7 p.m. Silver Spring Civic Center, 1 Veterans Pl., Silver Spring 
  • Thursday, June 20. 4-8 p.m. Germantown Community Recreation Center, 18905 Kingsview Rd, Germantown 
  • Friday, June 21. 3-7 p.m. East County Community Center, 3310 Gateshead Manor Way., Silver Spring  
  • Saturday, June 22. 11-3 p.m. Executive Office Building (Cafeteria), 101 Monroe St., Rockville 
  • Tuesday, June 25. 3-7 p.m. Silver Spring Civic Center, 1 Veterans Pl., Silver Spring 
  • Wednesday, June 26. 3-7 p.m. Mid-County Community Recreation Center, 2004 Queensguard Rd., Silver Spring  
  • Friday, June 28. 3-7 p.m. Gaithersburg Library, 18330 Montgomery Village Ave., Gaithersburg 
  • Saturday, June 29. 11-3 p.m. Executive Office Building (Cafeteria), 101 Monroe St., Rockville 

This is a Montgomery County, Maryland announcement.

 

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Roy Kelley, Retired, Former Associate Broker, RE/MAX Realty Group

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Ed Silva, 203-206-0754
Mapleridge Realty, CT 203-206-0754 - Waterbury, CT
Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally

This is a great program to even the playing field for all kids.

May 26, 2024 06:05 PM
John Pusa
Glendale, CA

Hello Roy Kelley the free computers for Montgomery County residents is great program to help the kids can't afford computers.

May 26, 2024 08:23 PM
Patricia Feager, ABR,CRS,GRI,MRP
DFW FINE PROPERTIES - Flower Mound, TX
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Roy Kelley - I find it interesting these days how much free stuff is donated; yet my heart still aches for Veterans and their families who lost lives and got nothing. 

May 27, 2024 04:27 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Hi Roy... I don't know how people live without computers these days. 

May 27, 2024 06:04 AM
Sam Shueh
(408) 425-1601 - San Jose, CA
mba, cdpe, reopro, pe

I was involved with free computer and online tutoring who are in need of improve their skills through these grants. While some students benefitted from having extra tutorial assistance others abused the free signup and computer playing games and children learned to watch adult content materials even at school. The principle lost her school funding replaced by these free computers, and online tutoring and found children were abuse at summer school.  I went there observed a 5th grade student told me he goes summer school to have fun. When teacher comes, he learned to hit escape key to get out of the adult movies.  These online tutoring schools are profit making businesses. A percentage of computers were wasted because we know they were never setup. The free internet service lasted until of the end of school year. The intend was good not every family needed. The internet service is extremely costly these days.  May be City can subsidize some cost also.

May 28, 2024 07:41 AM