On Tuesday, May 6, from 2:00 – 6:30, staff at the Community Action Center will again partner with Life Wireless to distribute free cell phones to Northfield-area residents.
The program is offered through Lifeline and provides one free cell phone to all Minnesota families who live at or below 135% of the national poverty guidelines. The phones include 250 free minutes of calling time each month and there are no contract obligations, activation charges or monthly fees. In addition to the income level mentioned above, participation in one of the following programs is accepted as proof of income eligibility: Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF), Supplemental Security Income (SSI), food support, Medicaid, Section 8 and other public housing, free lunch and Low Income Home Energy Assistance. To receive a phone, one member of the household must bring a government-issued photo ID, proof of participation in one of the above assistance programs, and the last four digits of your social security number. If the ID provided does not display a current address, please bring proof of a new address. Sharon Vangsness, client services coordinator at the Community Action Center, said, “For many of our clients, a program like this is of tremendous value. From scheduling medical appointments and following up on job leads, to contacting a teacher and being able to call for emergency services, in our ever-connected world, many people don’t realize just how difficult it can be to live without a phone connection.” Appointments to receive a phone can be scheduled by calling 507-664-3550.