A Sneak Peek at Our New Denver Office!

You may have heard the news by now, PCs for People is opening an office in Denver, CO later this month.  In Denver we will be partnered with Blue Star Recyclers, a nonprofit that focuses on recycling electronics and providing meaningful jobs for people with disabilities.  Blue Star's recycling center will serve as the intake facility for computer equipment donated from companies, government organizations, and nonprofits.  The Blue Star team will sanitize hard drives according to strict protocols and begin cosmetic cleanup of the equipment.  The PCs for People team will then refurbish the computers and distribute them to families and individuals in need.  

Read more: A Sneak Peek at Our New Denver Office!

150 Computers Distributed in Rochester

This past Thursday, July 30th, PCs for People distributed 150 computers to low income families and individuals in Rochester, MN.  This was our first event in Rochester.  In partnership with the Rochester Workforce Center, PCs for People staff provided a brief computer training session before getting families set up with their new computer.  The computers were free to the recipients, made possible by a generous grant we received through the Otto Bremer Foundation.

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Press Release: PCs for People Distributes Its 40,000th Computer!

PCs for People has been making a measurable impact in the lives of low-income families, individuals, children, and those with disabilities by refurbishing and distributing retired and end-of-life computers since 1998.  PCs for People recently distributed their 40,000th computer, helping communities throughout the Upper Midwest.  Thousands of families have also been subscribed to low cost wireless Internet and millions of pounds of electronics have been responsibly recycled.  

Read more: Press Release: PCs for People Distributes Its 40,000th Computer!

150 Computers Distributed in Eau Claire

PCs for People gave away 150 computers to families in need at the Wisconsin Job Center last Friday, July 17th, marking our first event in Eau Claire.  The computers, which were donated to PCs for People from businesses and companies in Eau Claire and Chippewa counties, were free to the recipients thanks to a generous grant we received through the Otto Bremer Foundation.

"I was up here looking for a job about a week ago, and I noticed they [Wisconsin Job Center] had a flyer posted that [you] would get a free computer if you signed up," Mark Coleman said.  "So, I signed up and praise God, I got one!"

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Here we GROW again - Mille Lacs County!

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We are thrilled to announce that Mille Lacs County Board has approved the motion to make PCs for People their official technology equipment recycler. Mille Lacs County is the latest Minnesota county to realize the benefits of working with PCs for People.

Our thanks go out to Technology Services Manager Michael Virnig and the entire Mille Lacs County Board including Genny Reynolds, David Oslin, Timothy Wilhelm, Phil Peterson, and Roger Tellinghuisen.

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PCs for People continues to seek corporate, nonprofit, and governmental partners who generously provide end-of-life computer equipment that can be refurbished and redistributed to low-income families across the Upper Midwest.

Mille Lacs County will benefit from PCs for People services including:

    • Free equipment pickup
    • Free AAA NAID certified hard drive data sanitation
    • Professional asset release and transfer documentation
    • Impact Report detailing the successful redistribution of computers

To learn more about how your organization could utilize PCs for People's free electronic recycling services, visit the Corporate Services section of our website at http://www.pcsforpeople.org/corporate-services.  

Here we GROW again!

PCs for People continues to seek corporate, nonprofit, and governmental partners who generously provide end of life computer equipment that can be refurbished and redistributed to low-income families across the Upper Midwest.

County BoardWe are happy to announce that Sherburne County is one of the latest organizations to realize the benefits of working with PCs for People. According to a recent article in the Sherburne County Citizen, IT director Brian Kamman said in the past, the county tried re-selling some of its old equipment internally, without a lot of success. "We were finding the amount of labor we had dedicated to it was more expensive than anything the county was getting back."

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Sprinting Ahead with Internet

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PCs for People originally provided just the service in our name: PCs. Since opening in 2008, we pointed people to resources for Internet services, but were unable to find a low-cost option to provide at our office. Luckily in 2012 someone from the nonprofit Mobile Citizen caught a Star Tribune article featuring PCs for People and our mission. Mobile Citizen is committed to offering technology through educational and nonprofit organizations. In 2006 they had attained a 30-year agreement with Internet company Clear which provided Internet for nonprofits for as low as $10 per month, and now they wanted to partner with PCs for People.

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Our New Office in Denver, CO

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Denver Downtown view from Red Rock Amphitheatre by Mitul0520 - Own work. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons.

Since PCs for People began, Executive Director Casey Sorensen has been building automated systems and tools to simplify the computer refurbishing process. These tools, such as the ability to insert a pre-loaded hard drive into a computer, enable volunteers and interns to participate in the refurbishing process, regardless of their prior tech experience, and helps them gain job and computer skills.

While attending a conference in Denver in 2014, Casey demonstrated this system to a contingent of fellow conference-goers and piqued their interest. PCs for People started to get labeled as a "market leader" in the nonprofit refurbishing sector across the U.S. One person who was particularly impressed was a board member from a Colorado-based nonprofit called Blue Star Recyclers

Read more: Our New Office in Denver, CO

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