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Denver's 9News dropped by our office recently to cover our digital inclusion efforts and speak to a few of the people we work with. Watch the video by clicking here.

PCs for People Donates Computers to Nawayee Center School

Madeline Tate from PCs for People and Joseph Rice from Nawayee Center School

PCs for People has donated eight computers to Minneapolis' Nawayee Computer School in response to a burglary at the school.

Nawayee Center School is an alternative urban high school focusing on American Indian youth in grades seven through 12. Students and staff at the school returned from Thanksgiving to find that their building had been vandalized and items from the school had been stolen. The theft included eight computers and the school has set up a GoFundMe fundraiser to help rebuild. Nawayee had also been a previous customer of PCs for People, having purchased computers from us in the past.

After receiving news of the burglary, PCs for People decided to get in touch with Nawayee to see if they would accept a donation of computers from us. PCs for People Program Manager Sam Drong: "It was heartbreaking to see a school be targeted. We wanted to do what we could to help them recover and rebuild. In evaluating what we could do, replacing the damaged computers seemed to be the obvious and most impactful choice. We hope this donation is able to help Nawayee continue transforming its students' lives." 

On Friday morning, Madeline Tate and Nachiket Karnik from PCs for People stopped by the Nawayee Center School to drop off four desktop computers and four laptops. PCs for People also picked up two damaged laptops from the school for free repair. Nawayee's executive director Joseph Rice provided us a tour of the school's art floor and spoke to us regarding how the community has come together to repair the vandalism damage and grow. The donated desktops will be placed in the school's computer lab and the laptops will be used by school staff and teachers.

Nawayee Executive Director Joseph Rice: "We are especially grateful for the donation of four laptop computers and four desktop computers from PCs for People. The desktops come at a time when we are looking at replacing four of the aging machines in our computer lab, so the timing is perfect. The laptops will replace four of our laptop machines that were damaged in the recent burglary here that occurred over the Thanksgiving Holiday break, so they come at a critical time as well. These machines are used by our students and staff to write papers, conduct research, run environmental simulations, build resumes, search for college options and scholarships and study Indigenous Languages. Without such assistance, this would be an incredibly difficult and stressful time. Knowing that PCs for People cares and are willing to help us makes a world of difference to everyone here."

Madeline Tate speaks with lead teacher Mary Cullen and executive direct Joseph Rice at Nawayee Center School

Colorado Gives Day: Give The Gift of Tech

Today is Colorado Gives day! We're fundraising to bridge the digital divide and expand digital inclusion in Colorado.

PCs for People is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that provides affordable computers and low-cost internet to low-income households and individuals. Your gift of any amount will help us provide more families with the education, healthcare and employment opportunities that access to the internet provides.

We were founded in 1998 after Andrew Elofson saw the difference that a donated computer made in the life of young person. Since our founding, we have distributed over 60,000 computers, subscribed thousands of families to low-cost interenet and helped businesses recycle millions of pounds of electronic waste. You can be a part of the difference we make with your donation.

Give the gift of tech by donating to PCs for People:

 
 
 

Our Denver Office Has a New Truck

 
The Denver Truck 
Thanks to a grant funded by the Colorado Department. of Public Health and Environment, PCs for People will be riding in style! The grant also funded a warehouse expansion that is ready for use. The expansion, which more than doubles our warehouse space, will increase our recycling services and get more computers into the hands of the families we serve. We are excited for these additions to our operations that will support our mission to bridge the digital divide in Colorado. Bring on the computers!

Drop off Your E-Waste on America Recycles Day

Have old computers or laptops at your home or business? Recycle them with PCs for People on America Recycles Day.

More than 80 percent of electronics that are no longer in use are currently stockpiled in homes and businesses. PCs for People is a 501(c)(3) non-profit that has been collecting unused computers and e-waste since 1998 with the goal of refurbishing working machines and recycling non-working computers in a sustainable way. Computers newer than eight years old are refurbished while those older than eight years are recycled. Refurbished computers are distributed to low-income individuals and families. Any parts we don't use are sent to R2 and e-Stewards certified downstream recyclers. Concerned about data security? We are AAA NAID Certified for secure data destruction.

In Saint Paul, families and individuals can drop off old computers at our Marshall Avenue location in Saint Paul (1481 Marshall Ave, Saint Paul, MN 55104) between 9:30 am and 4:30 pm.

Businesses in Minnesota can call us at 651-354-2552 or e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  to schedule a pickup.

In Denver both families and businesses can drop off your old computers at our Lipan Street location (60 Lipan Street, Denver, CO 80223) between 12:30 pm and 4:30 pm.

Get rid of your e-waste, help bridge the digital divide!

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RELEASE: Digital Divide Trimmed as PCs for People Distributes Record Number of Computers in October

Saint Paul, MN – November 2, 2017 - PCs for People distributed a record 1,528 computers to low income individuals in 45 states in October. That means more than 4,800 people – including 2,334 children – can now study, apply for jobs, improve their technical skills, and do other activities most of us take for granted. More than 1,200 new home Internet hotspots were also handed out last month. The successful October comes on the heels of what was a record-setting September, when 1,256 computers were distributed.

“We are glad to help so many people move toward technological equality.” according to Casey Sorensen, PCs for People Executive Director. “The demand for low-cost computers and Internet access continues to grow, as two consecutive months of record-setting computer handouts show.”

Sorensen thinks that trend will continue. “PCs for People expects to distribute more computers in 2017 than in any previous year. We thank our current business partners for using our free collection and recycling services. We’re always seeking new partners to help us meet the need for computers “.

PCs for People gathered nearly 1,700 computers and responsibly recycled 40,000 pounds of electronic waste from 140 partners in October.

Studies continue to show the “Digital Divide” – the lack of a computer and broadband access is a major problem for families in poverty. Digital inclusion is a social justice problem that has far-reaching effects in equity relating to education, health, and income. Only 48 percent of households with incomes below $25,000 have a home internet connection compared to about 85 percent of households with incomes between $50,000 and $100,000.

Nearly one-third of households with school-age children and incomes below $50,000 don’t have Internet access, compared to only about eight percent of the households with school-age children and incomes above $50,000.

About PCs for People: Over 16 years, PCs for People has helped more than 170,000 individuals gain access to technology in their homes in the form of low-cost computers and Internet access.

For more information and inquiries, please contact:
Casey Sorensen
Executive Director, PCs for People
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1481 Marshall Avenue
Saint Paul, MN 55104
Phone: 612-567-8435

Colorado Department of Health and Environment Awarded to PCs for People

RREO grant decreases electronic waste and increases access to computers
for low-income families across Colorado

DENVER, Colo., September 6, 2017 – PCs for People announces it is a recipient of the Colorado
Department of Health and Environment’s Recycling Resources Economic Opportunity (RREO)
grant totaling $80,484. Funding from this grant will allow PCs for People to increase its
recycling partners, decrease the amount of electronic waste in Colorado and provide computers
to families who otherwise could not afford them.


“We are honored to receive the RREO grant, which will allow us to increase our PC recycling
program and bridge the technological gap between high-income and low-income homes,” said
PCs for People Executive Director Julie Seltz. “Access to technology in the home leads to
increases in graduation rates, economic output and long-term employment.”


PCs for People provides recycling services at no charge to businesses. Services include pick up
of retired business electronics and National Association for Information Destruction (NAID)
AAA certified data sanitization services. The computers are then refurbished and offered to lowincome
families at low-to-zero cost.


“We are extremely grateful to the Colorado Department of Health and Environment and the
state’s Pollution Prevention Advisory Board for awarding us this grant,” said Tom Sheraden,
CIO, Prologis and Denver advisory board member for PCs for People. “PCs for People currently
serves over 55 businesses and government organizations in Colorado, and through this grant, we
anticipate increasing our reach to over 100 organizations.”


Since its inception in 2007, the RREO grant program has awarded more than $11 million to
employers throughout Colorado in order to develop a recycling infrastructure. PCs for People is
one of nine organizations out of 36 applicants to be awarded grant funds for program's most
recent grant opportunity.

 

 

PRESS RELEASE: Smart City Photovoice Project Announces North Denver Exhibition

DENVER – The North Denver Cornerstone Collaborative (NDCC), Denver Smart City, the University of Denver, The GrowHaus, and PCs for People partnered this past month for the Smart City Photovoice Project in North Denver. The project engaged 13 teenagers from the Elyria and Swansea neighborhoods to have their voice heard through photography. The participants artistic work will be exhibited at The GrowHaus on Thursday, August 3 from 5-6:30 p.m.

 

“Taking the pictures was my favorite part of the Photovoice Project,” says Antonio Luna, one of the participating teens. “We got to express the bad things about our community and now we have the opportunity to make a change,” adds 14-year old Lizbeth Zamudio.

Photovoice is a process by which project participants are provided cameras to document their lived experiences revolving around a project topic or theme. The Elyria and Swansea Photovoice Project sought the youth’s perspective about their community, helping shape the development of future initiatives and efforts for Denver Smart City.

Through their photographs, participants shared what they love about their community and what they would like to change. The exhibition celebrates the youth work and honors their experiences of mobility in Denver.

“This exhibit puts teens’ voices front and center,” explained Emily Silverman, Denver’s Technical Program Manager for Denver Smart City. “I was impressed with the teens’ photographs and the conversations they spurred within their community.”

“It is so important for the students to understand both the positive and negative aspects of their communities. Photovoice has given them a space to see themselves as part of the solution,” says Jackie Beavers, Education Program Coordinator at The GrowHaus.

City officials will be at this exhibit to honor the participants and will embrace the work of the teens to help shape the development of future initiatives and efforts.

 

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