Our Story

In 1998, Andy Elofson, a social worker with Blue Earth County, met with a young man who was expelled for misusing school computers. In an effort to help, Andy gave him an old computer the county wasn't using anymore. Six months later, the young man was creating a positive future for himself and others by developing web pages for local businesses and churches.

That is when PCs for People began. For the next 10 years, PCs for People operated out of a small office in Mankato, MN. Through the hard work of Andy and computer-savvy volunteers, the office's impact grew. 

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Our Impact

Population Served

our-impactTo receive a computer from PCs for People a potential recipient must be below the 200% poverty level, have a family member with a disability, or work with a social worker. Other examples of those who could qualify:

  • Adult & Child Mental Health Case Management
  • Employment Services
  • Medical Assistance 
  • MinnesotaCare
  • Food Support or Financial Assistance
  • Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
  • Section 8 or other Federal Public Housing Assistance
  • Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP)
  • The National School Lunch Program's "Free Lunch" Program
  • Head Start

Individuals receiving a computer are asked to provide a small donation, usually $35-50. Many times government programs that clients are involved in will cover the donation. Another service offered to eligible individuals, even if they never received a computer from PCs for People, is affordable computer repair. Individuals can bring in any computer and have it repaired for $25 in most cases.

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What We Do

PCs for People is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit striving to bridge the digital divide by providing the necessary tools to put a functional computer into the hands of low-income individuals and get them online. 

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Our Board of Directors

Andrew Elofson - Chairman of the Board / Founder

Andy Elofson

Andrew Elofson, the founder of PCs for People, has worked as a licensed social worker for Blue Earth County for over 25 years. In this time, Andrew has developed an expertise in the areas of Youth Development, Child Mental Health, Adult Mental Health, and is currently working with adults and families who are homeless. Andrew utilizes his efforts as a social worker to help distribute computers to those most in need. Andrew has a Masters degree in Education and lives in St. Peter MN with his wife and 6 children. In 1998, Blue Earth County gave Andrew the first computer to be donated. After 4 months, 30 more computers were donated and Andrew knew he needed help to grow the program. He obtained a county-owned house, developed relationships throughout the community, found a group of interested high school students and established PCs for People. Since then, PCs For People has donated thousands of computers to those who would not otherwise have the opportunity to easily access technology and own a computer.

Casey Sorensen - CEO

Casey Sorensen

Casey Sorensen is the CEO of PCs for People. He graduated from Minnesota State University Mankato with a degree in Computer Information Systems. While he attended MSU, Casey volunteered for a county-run program giving computers to families in the local community. After college Casey began his career working in technology automation with Deloitte Consulting, however, his true passion was to help others join the digital world. In 2008, Casey left consulting and went on to incorporate and establish PCs for People. Under his management the organization has grown to become a leader in digital inclusion for low-income families and individuals, serving thousands in need across the nation.

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Our Commitment

PCs for People is committed to provide solutions for the reuse, recycling, and removal of end-of-life electronic assets in a manner protecting the environment, worker health and safety, our customers, recycling partners, and our communities.

  • PCs for People is committed to continual improvement.
  • PCs for People is committed to the prevention of pollution and protection of biodiversity and ecosystems through responsible recycling.
  • PCs for People is committed to and prevention of injury and ill health.
  • PCs for People is committed to comply with applicable legal and other requirements relative to the environmental and health and safety aspects of our business and fulfill its compliance obligations.
  • PCs for People is committed to providing a framework for setting and reviewing environmental, health and safety objectives and targets.
  • PCs for People is committed to manage used and end of life electronic equipment based on a reuse, refurbishment, recovery, disposal hierarchy including onsite and downstream materials management throughout the recycling chain.
  • PCs for People is committed to manage Focus Materials throughout the recycling chain to final disposition with due diligence to protect our environment.
  • PCs for People is committed to continuous improvement achieved through monitoring of objectives and targets and rigorous evaluation of our management system.
  • PCs for People is committed to communicating and reinforcing this policy throughout our company, to all persons working for or on behalf of the organization as well as, to our customers, our suppliers and other interested parties.


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