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SRPMIC Household PC Program

By Sheila Begay
Au-Authm Action News

What form of communication do you rely on to keep informed of notices or announcements within the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community (SRPMIC)? Perhaps it’s through the Au-Authm Action Newspaper, Digital Signage, bulletins, word of mouth or perhaps through the SRPMIC Household PC Program (HCP)? If you’ve never heard of HCP, today is your lucky day.

In 2008, Tribal council searched for ways to improve communication between SRPMIC administration, departments and Community members. HCP, a program where qualified participants receive a recycled computer system, software, training and discounted internet services was decided upon. With the success of this pilot program, HCP proved to be effective with 60 elders and was therefore opened to all community members at no cost. Currently, this program now has 244 active participants.

The purpose of this program is to provide SRPMIC members living within the boundaries of the Community, a recycled home computer, a communication tool to be informed on vital and important information as it pertains to the Community and tribal government.

This entire process is handled by the Community Relations Department (CRD). Each individual must meet these requirements before the application process has started.

HCP Requirements:
You must be an enrolled member of the SRPMIC
You must reside within SRPMIC boundaries
You must receive internet services through Saddleback Communications
You must provide a useable and updated email address
If you meet these requirements, you may continue with the application process.

Application Process:
Applications may be picked up or requested through the CRD
When returned, applications are reviewed and processed
Saddleback inputs data, 1-2 business day process
Participants will call Saddleback, identify themselves as a HCP participant and Saddleback will proceed with installation for DSL and/or phone service. Household phone must be in the applicant’s name.
Participants will be contacted by Kate’s Technology to schedule date/time for delivery and computer setup.
Participants will receive recycled equipment; desktop computer, monitor, keyboard, mouse, Windows XP, Office 2007, anti-virus and anti-malware.

After computer setup is complete, participants receive a DSL discount of $25 per month. This program also offers up to $400 to the participant for any service fees, anything after $400 participants are responsible for. You must continue to provide an updated email address while you are an active participant.

As a participant you will have an option to receive; community announcements/notices, construction notices, Council Member’s district meeting notes, education/school notes, memorial/funeral announcements, job postings, valley event notices and training classes online. Announcements go out daily, reaching participants of the program by 11a.m. each morning, Monday-Sunday.

If you’re tech savvy, you’re good to go. If you need to brush up on your skills, no worries, you will be receiving training notices for PC and Internet classes. Online training is offered through the Salt River Human Resources Training Development Division. This will enhance your skills in a variety of topics.
For more information about the SRPMIC Household PC Program call the Community Relations Department at (480) 362-7721.

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