Veterans at Chippewa Falls’ Klein Hall will now be able to complete job searches and communicate with their friends and family a little more easily – thanks to the donation of four iPads from a local motorcycle club and the owners of a Lake Wissota bar.
“You guys can use them for networking, job searching … whatever you want to use them for,” Michael Hanke told a group of veterans at Klein Hall Wednesday. Hanke is director of the Wisconsin Veterans Housing and Recovery Program, which is hosted at Klein Hall, on the grounds of the Northern Wisconsin Center for the Developmentally Disabled.
Also in appearance were Klein Hall’s resident therapy canine, a young golden retriever named Shadow, and five members of the Eau Claire chapter of the Road Dogs Motorcycle Club – some of them veterans themselves. The club’s vice president, Greg “Sarge” Hughes, said Hanke had told him the veterans at Klein Hall could use technology to access the internet more privately. “The computer lab is nice, but not very private,” Hughes said.
The group raised the money over Labor Day and Memorial Day rides in 2017, said Jackie Greenhow, co-owner of Butch and Jackie’s Bateman Tavern.
The Road Dogs and Greenhow initially bought gift cards and gave them to the Klein Hall veterans – but ended up with enough money left over to purchase four iPads.
“There’s a lot of great apps out there if you’re looking for apartment searches, job searches or resume techniques. They’re a very useful tool,” Hanke said.
The program will use a check-out system for the iPads, Hanke said.