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Montgomery Connects – Computer For You
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Appointments released weekly on Sundays at 2pm.


  • Progress | last updated: 10/21/22
  • Computers Distributed: 27,639
  • Computers Available: 5,090
  • Computers Ordered (Not Yet Received): 7,264
  • Computers To Be Ordered: 10,000

Montgomery Connects is the County’s digital equity and inclusion initiative. Our goal is to close the digital equity gap. We aspire to empower 100% of Montgomery County's residents and local businesses to be fully connected and engaged in our shared digital world. Leaping the digital divide requires access to a home computer; affordable high speed broadband and digital literacy training. Montgomery Connects leans into addressing all three of these needs. Montgomery Connects is operated by the Department of Technology & Enterprise Business Solutions (TEBS). 

To help achieve this goal, Montgomery Connects is providing 50,000 new loaner Chromebook laptop computers to lower-income Montgomery County residents who do not have a computer for educational purposes.

Who Is Eligible?

Who is Eligible for a free ChromeBook from MoCo Connects?

How to Sign Up for a Computer:

1. Make an appointment on Eventbrite to pick-up a computer.  Each person must have their own appointment.  (see links below) 2. Before you make an appointment, you must have a Montgomery County Library Card number.  3. Click on one of the upcoming dates for appointments listed below to sign up. New appointments are made available every Sunday at 2pm. 4. After you complete the online registration form, you will receive a confirmation email from Eventbrite. Please check your email and bring the confirmation to your appointment.

How To Pick Up A Computer:

Frequently Asked Questions:

Is my new Chromebook mine forever?   Montgomery County owns the computer for 3 years. The federal grant providing funding to purchase these computers requires this. County regulations will govern what happens to the loaned computer after 3 years.   

Can I sell my Chromebook?  No, you may not sell the Chromebook.  Montgomery County owns the Chromebooks for three years.  The County is loaning the Chromebook to you.  The loaned Chromebooks may not be resold during this time. If you attempt to sell the loaned computer while the County owns it, or attempt to receive more than one computer per person, the County may use your information to recover computers or take action against you. 

What if my Chomebook is damaged, lost, or stolen? You must report damaged, lost, or stolen computers to montgomeryconnects@montgomerycountymd.gov. The County will decide on a case-by-case basis whether to repair or replace damaged or lost and stolen devices. If the loaned computer is returned to the County, the computer will be wiped clean of all data and the County has no responsibility to protect or recover removed data.  

How Can I Activate my ChromeBook?  You must have or create a Google account (which is different from a Google or other email). Instructions are available here in English and here in Spanish

Does the Chromebook come with tech support or software? No, Montgomery County does not provide any tech support or software for loaned computers. The computer does not come with anti-virus protection. It is a Google Chromebook and will automatically load computer updates for you.

I don’t know how to set up my Chromebook.  How can I get help? If you need technology training to set up email and learn to use the computer, the County offers courses for people 50 years and older at Senior Planet Montgomery in English, Spanish, and Mandarin. Here are basic instructions on how to use the Chromebook in English.

Why do you need my personal information?  How will it be used?

Make An Appointment To Pick Up A Computer

Upcoming Appointments:

Monday 12/05/22 – 3pm-7pm - East County Recreational Center - 3310 Gateshead Manor Way, Silver Spring, MD 20904 (Available)
Wednesday, 12/07/22 – 10am-3pm – Wheaton American Job Center - 11510 Georgia Ave 1st Floor, Wheaton, MD, 20902 (Available)
Thursday, 12/08/22 – 3pm-7pm – Germantown Community Recreation Center - 18905 Kingsview Road, Germantown, MD, 20874 (Available)
Friday, 12/09/22 – 4pm-8pm – Long Branch Recreation Center - 8700 Piney Branch Road, Silver Spring, MD, 20901 (Available)
Saturday, 12/10/22 – 1:00pm-2:00pm – Gaithersburg Library - 18330 Montgomery Village Ave, Gaithersburg, MD 20879 (Sold Out)

Available Appointments:

AVAILABLE NOW:
Monday, 12/05/22 – 3pm-7pm – East County Recreational Center - 3310 Gateshead Manor Way, Silver Spring, MD 20904
Wednesday, 12/07/22 – 10am-2pm – Wheaton American Job Center - 11510 Georgia Ave 1st Floor, Wheaton, MD, 20902
Thursday, 12/08/22 – 3pm-7pm – Germantown Community Recreation Center - 18905 Kingsview Road, Germantown, MD, 20874
Friday, 12/09/22 – 4pm-8pm – Long Branch Recreation Center - 8700 Piney Branch Road, Silver Spring, MD, 20901
Available Sunday 12/04 at 2pm:

Wednesday, 12/14/22 – 10am-2pm – Wheaton American Job Center - 11510 Georgia Ave 1st Floor, Wheaton, MD, 20902

Thursday, 12/15/22 – 3pm-7pm – Germantown Community Recreation Center - 18905 Kingsview Road, Germantown, MD, 20874
Friday, 12/16/22 – 4pm-8pm – Long Branch Recreation Center - 8700 Piney Branch Road, Silver Spring, MD, 20901  

 

Future Appointments:

Monday, 12/19/22 – 3pm-7pm - East County Recreational Center - 3310 Gateshead Manor Way, Silver Spring, MD 20904
Wednesday, 12/21/22 – 10am-2pm – White Oak Community Recreation Center - 1700 April Ln, Silver Spring, MD 20904
Thursday, 12/22/22 – 3pm-7pm – Germantown Community Recreation Center - 18905 Kingsview Road, Germantown, MD, 20874

THERE WILL BE NO AVAILABLE APPOINTMENTS THROUGH 12/26-12/31


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