By: Mark Fitzgerald
Chicago Suburbs Wired To Community Information
by Mark Fitzgerald
The Daily Herald in Arlington Heights, Ill., will sponsor and provide
content for a network of Internet-based public information kiosks
installed in supermarkets, bookstores, pharmacies, libraries and public
agencies around Chicago’s northwest suburbs.
Paddock Publication’s Daily Herald has struck a partnership with BVM
Olenti, which has rolled out a network of kiosks known as The Helping
Hands Community InfoSystem. Using a broadband Internet connection
supplied by Flashcom, the locations provide information on public and
non-profit social services agencies and charities.
‘We work with United Way, Catholic Charities, as many non-profit health
and human services agencies as we can,’ BVM Olenti Senior Vice President
Matt Tomlinson said. ‘We clean up the data, put it on a database and give
people access by town, county, or need on services such as Meals On
Wheels, financial aid, counseling, drug abuse services.’ The database
contains information from 6,500 human services providers nationwide,
Helping Hands kiosks can be found in Chicago-area Jewel supermarkets,
Osco pharmacies, Borders Books and Music stores and in public libraries
and community colleges.
The Daily Herald will provide news and community listings. ‘This
partnership with BVM Olenti will give us the ability to connect
communities and those people who live in the community with pertinent
information anywhere, anytime,’ said Jim Cook, marketing and promotions
director of the Herald.
Mark Fitzgerald (email@example.com) is editor at large
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