PCs for People Now Certified R2-Responsible Recycler

PCs for People is pleased to announce we've achieved three new certifications, adding to our community, environmental, health and safety efforts. The certifications cover the operations in Saint Paul and Denver, Co. PCs for People is now one of fewer than five R2-certified recyclers in Minnesota and the only recycler in the state with both R2 and AAA NAID certification for data destruction. In Colorado, PCs for People is one of only two recyclers with both R2, and AAA NAID certification for data destruction. R2-Responsible Recycling certification is the leading global standard for the electronics reuse and recycling industry. Certification involved a thorough review of PCs for People’s processes for collecting, refurbishing and recycling electronics, as well as the “downstream” vendors it uses.

R2 Color singleThe ISO 14001:2015 certification was granted because of PCs for People’s implementation of an environmental management system, efficient use of resources and waste reduction.

OHSAS 18001:2007 means PCs for People meets best-practices for employee and customer health and safety management.

Getting the three certifications required PCs for People to go through rigorous third-party audits of its facilities and processes.

“The R2, ISO 14001, and OHSAS 18001 certifications expand the commitment PCs for People has to our customers, partners, employees and the environment,” according to Chief Program Sam Drong. “Our corporate, governmental and nonprofit partners, which provide the computers we ultimately distribute to those in need, have another layer of comfort in how we process the equipment.”

9News Denver Featured Our Digital Inclusion Efforts


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:


Students in Rwanda receive laptops sold by PCs for People

  • Students in Rwanda using computers initially obtained from PCs for PeopleStudents in Rwanda using computers initially obtained from PCs for People

Earlier this fall, PCs for People provided the St James Presbyterian Church in Denver with six laptop computers that were then delivered to the Shalom Community Organization in Rwanda. Students at Shalom were enrolled in a digital literacy course and were able to use the computers to help with their national exam studies.

We're proud to have been able to assist with St James Presbyterian Church and Shalom Community Organization's work in helping bridge the digital divide in Rwanda.

We received a note from Mukunzi Jean Paul at the Shalom Community Organization that you can read below:

We are pleased to let you know that the laptops have already begun to help the students in their ICT skills. As the students were approaching their national exam, Shalom Community Organization provided internet for the national examination candidates to study and research. The other club members were also trained on internet surfing where they accessed the internet for research.

They were able to create a presentation from their research which made it clear this was crucial opportunity where they acquired information needed to be used during the exams. We also helped them learn to use e-mail and each one created his/her own email account.

Through the pictures you will see how happy the students are and they really appreciate the laptops you provided for them.

We are arranging another ICT training that will be provided to the youths from shalom football clubs.

May God bless all of you

Jean Paul

Shalom Community Organization


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


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