ABOUT US

PCs for People Recycles Business Electronics
And Provides Refurbished Tech To Low-Income Households

OUR MISSION

Through electronic reuse PCs for People provides the opportunity for all low-income individuals and nonprofits to benefit from the life changing impact of computers and mobile internet.

OUR IMPACT

Over 115,000 Computers Distributed

Our refurbished computers have touched the lives of people around the United States enabling access to better educational, healthcare and employment opportunities.

Over 96,000 Families Connected to Internet

PCs for People recipients range from a variety of backgrounds and include high-schoolers, college students, working professionals and seniors among others.

Over 7 Million Pounds of Technology Recycled

As a R2 certified organization, PCs for People has the highest certification for environmental stewardship. We are the only Minnesota recycler and one of two in Colorado with both the R2 and NAID AAA certifications.

OUR STORY

Founded in 1998, PCs for People is a national leader in digital inclusion. As a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, every project, program and initiative at PCs for People is centered on getting low-cost computers and affordable broadband internet into the homes of low-income individuals. Through an unwavering commitment to the communities we serve, we have distributed over 115,000 computers, subscribed 96,000 of families to low-cost internet, and recycled 7 millions of pounds of electronics. Digital inclusion efforts such as ours are essential in today’s society, where it is increasingly hard to access education, healthcare or employment opportunities without access to a computer and the internet. Our model is a self-sustainable social enterprise centered on building community value in every part of our program.

PCs for People’s model contributes to environmental sustainability by intercepting usable computers before they reach landfills and refurbishing them for reuse.  Businesses typically retire computers long before their usable life is over and this has contributed to America becoming the largest producer of electronic waste in the world. We offer businesses a certified secure electronic recycling service. This IT Asset Disposition (ITAD) service is free and offers benefits such as privacy and total data security that businesses would ordinarily have to pay for. Any usable computers obtained through this service have their data securely wiped using our NAID AAA certified process and are then refurbished for distribution. Our environmental certifications ensure that all electronic waste we cannot reuse is recycled sustainably with zero-landfill impact.In creating our recycling workforce, we have built an award winning partnerships with MSS (formerly Midwest Special Services), a nonprofit that supports adults with intellectual and physical disabilities to help them reach their personal goals and achieve their full potential. MSS clients are provided hands-on experience through work training, internship and volunteer opportunities within our electronic waste recycling processes.

LEADERSHIP

Casey Sorensen
CEO

Casey 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.

Alejandro Dopico
Executive Director - Denver, CO

Alejandro Dopico is originally from Spain and spent many years as the Chief Operations Officer for an international export company based in Hong Kong. Alejandro combines his experience in international sales with a deep understanding of technology to execute the day to day operations as well as the long-term strategic plan of the Denver branch. He has a mind for logistics and loves finding innovative ways to get technology into the hands of families and students.  After relocating to the United States, Alejandro decided to expand his skills by joining the nonprofit sector and passionate about the life-changing impact of computers and internet on individuals, especially the youth population.  Outside of business, Alejandro has spent years studying history and literature and traveling the world.

Brittney Simmons
National Human Resources Manager

Brittney is the National HR Manager for PCs for People, responsible for planning, developing, and directing the administration of all HR functions for the organization. Prior to joining our team in March 2020, Brittney’s experience comes with ten years of office and HR administration knowledge at Ecolab.  Starting her career as an administrative assistant in the information technology function, she made the shift to human resources in 2016. Brittney is motivated to equip our staff with the tools to tap into their full potential as the company’s impact continues to grow within our communities. At Brittney’s core she is just a mom busy mothering the world’s greatest 10-year old boy. Supporting staff by day and being her son’s biggest cheerleader on game nights (basketball and football), Brittney is committed to pouring encouragement and compassion in all of her personal and professional interactions.

Tom Esselman
Executive Director - Kansas City, MO

Tom made his mark as an innovation leader at Hallmark Cards, where he created and managed the Song Cards product line, and other emotional sending products enhanced by technology.  This experience led Tom to become an advocate for older adults and families without access to technology and computer skills. Becoming part of the PCs For People organization fulfills a vision Tom articulated when he joined Connecting For Good as CEO in 2016:  for digital inclusion to become a financially sustainable model for every community, providing demonstrable long term improvements in Education, Employment, Economic Impact and the Environment.  Tom and his wife Mary live in Kansas City, and have 4 kids, and a growing number of grandchildren.

Bryan Mauk
Executive Director - Cleveland, OH

Prior to joining PCs for People, Bryan Mauk was the Vice President of Workforce Development for Lutheran Metropolitan Ministry for seven years. He has been serving the community for over 15 years helping to provide outreach and employment services to individuals who were homeless and previously incarcerated. Bryan has a B.A. from John Carroll University and a Master’s Degree in Nonprofit Organizations (MNO) from Case Western Reserve University. Bryan has also served as an adjunct faculty member at John Carroll University teaching classes on social entrepreneurship at the graduate and undergraduate levels.

Chad Svihel
Executive Director - St. Paul, MN

Chad Svihel spent two decades in executive roles leading Technology and Operations in the Insurance and eCommerce industries. He holds a BA in Organizational Management and Communications from Concodia University, St Paul.  Chad has extensive global experience having lived and worked in Japan as CIO for The Hartford, in Singapore as Director of Global Customer Operations for eBay, and in South Korea as Senior Director of Customer Service for Coupang.  Having served in leadership roles in both Service and Technology, he is well versed in designing great customer experiences and combines this with deep understanding of operational efficiency and planning.  Chad is passionate about diversity and inclusion and sees the rising Digital Divide as one of the biggest new challenges facing the world.  In joining PCs for People in Minnesota, Chad brings this passion back with him to the state where he grew up and had his first digital experience running a BBS out of his home on a Vic 20 when in elementary school in New Hope, MN.

Gary Bonner
Executive Director - Baltimore, MD

Gary Bonner is a Baltimore City native and product of Baltimore City public schools. Gary has experience leading organizational development, management consulting and nonprofit capacity building efforts. Prior to this role, Gary served as Director of Family Stability and Economic Success Programs at the Center for Urban Families (CFUF) in Baltimore, Maryland driving strategy, development, design, and implementation for all programming. Gary served as Chief Operating Officer of Azure Healthcare Services in Washington, DC where he worked to secure healthcare services for adults living with traumatic brain injury, intellectual and developmental disabilities. From fund development to public policy advocacy, Gary is a committed champion for the rights of the medically fragile, people living with intellectual disabilities and a fierce advocate for inclusion. Gary’s 26 years of private sector business experience includes his role as Director of Corporate Education Programs for Wiley Global Education Services in Chicago, IL where he headed the development of university-based workforce development programs. Gary is an often-sought-after public speaker and holds a Bachelor of Science in Organizational Development and Leadership from Morris Brown College. Gary is married to Mrs. Bonita Bonner and they have two sons.