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McGhee Connect and the Figgers Foundation Partnership are keeping residents connected in 2023

The McGhee Connect Program, in joint partnership with The Figgers Foundation, aims to improve the digital connectivity and accessibility of the South-Dade community

Early this year the South Dade Commissioner, Kionne L. McGhee, announced his partnership with the Figgers Foundation to create the McGhee Connect Program – a program that aims to improve the digital connectivity and access of the Miami Dade people.

Presently, the South Dade community is lagging behind in digital access points. However, this partnership shows the potential to bring the community together. The Figgers Foundation has the resources and expertise necessary to fuel this vehicle of digital connection and accessibility. More about it in this news.

McGhee Connect Program – breaking the barriers via digital devices

Commissioner McGhee announced a partnership with the Figgers Foundation which will distribute free cellphones, tablets, and laptop devices along with 1-year of service to qualified Miami-Dade residents.

He emphasized the significance of this partnership and connectivity program by stating, “If you want to raise a community the right way, you will assist that community with the resources that it needs.” In that vein, he has partnered with the Freddie Figgers foundation to bring the necessary digital access to the local community in Miami-Dade County.

This connect program will alter the way the community operates and focus on at-risk and vulnerable residents, including working-class, homeless people, and struggling families. The program aims to offer free cellphone services and internet access to ensure that these vulnerable individuals are connected with their loved ones.

The cell phones provided by the Figgers Foundation can track displaced persons so they can return to their homes safely.

Commissioner Kione McGhee and Freddy Figgers of the Figgers Foundation

Moving from a digital desert to a digitally connected community

Both The Figgers Foundation and Commissioner McGhee are taking strides to break the digital desert through open access to hotspots, tablets, and cell phones. This program ensures equitable opportunities for everyone in Miami-Dade regardless of their social and financial status and economic hardships.

Commenting on this new partnership, Freddie Figgers told us how he has always been about rebuilding since childhood. At the age of 9, he took it apart and rebuilt his computer. That was the start of his passion for technology, digital connectivity, and community development.

His foundation is driven by his love to create networks to increase the accessibility of at-risk individuals. His foundation has provided thousands of scholarships to vulnerable students in Africa and offered health plans for families with a history of substance abuse.

This new partnership is in line with his goal for the future to make a difference by making a positive impact. To learn more about qualification and registration requirements, residents can email or visit

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