2012 was a big year for our work in Rural Minnesota. We expanded to 6 offices statewide and completed 19 computer distribution events. For the events we collected computers from the local communities, refrubished them and gave the computers back to low income head start and school age families. It was a busy year!
On March 3rd, PCs for People took it's mobile refurbishing efforts to Alexandria, Minnesota. We partnered with Alexandria Technical and Community College, West Central Minnesota Communities Action, and Douglas County Senior Citizen's Office to collect and distribute 76 computers.
Saint Paul, MN (January 15, 2012) – Saint Paul, Minnesota nonprofit organization PCs for People is leading a mobile computer refurbishing project funded by the Blandin Foundation, Otto Bremer Foundation and the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA). The project seeks to reduce electronic waste while simultaneously helping bridge the digital divide in greater Minnesota.
"We have created a mobile unit to travel to cities across the State of Minnesota, refurbish donated computers on-site and give them right back to families in the local community", said Casey Sorensen Executive Director of PCs for People. "We are very excited about the project, last month we gave 113 computers to families in Duluth and saw overwhelming demand. Families were extremely grateful since over 80% were receiving their first home computer!" noted Casey. Over the next 7 months PCs for People will travel to 10 communities to replicate the successful Duluth event:
PCs for People partnered with The Boys & Girls Clubs of the Northland, Community Action Duluth, and Duluth Head Start to distribute over 100 computers to low-income families in the Duluth area. The event was held on Saturday, December 17 and was a great success. Read the Duluth News Tribune article here and view the nightly news broadcasts below.
The Blandin on Broadband blog highlighted recent work between our Willmar office and a Somali Woman Center in Willmar, MN. Refurbished computers have been given to the center to help recent arrivals from Somalia gain access to a computer lab with broadband internet. PCs for People has also been able to provide home computers to some of the families that use the center for legal advice, English lessons, and medical support. Read the full article.
New Promotional Video
PCs for People recently created a new promotional video to share our story and mission. Check it out!
PCs for People collected 150 computers from a donation drive on April 9 in Duluth. The donation drive was held in conjunction with the Midwest Instruction and Computing Symposium and hosted by the College of St. Scholatica. Several Duluth-area businesses and residents made donations.
The first quarter of 2011 has been busy. In the first three months of the year we have given out 809 computers! In February, the St Paul office set a monthly record of 214 computer systems distributed to walk-in clients. We have been so busy that we are having difficulty finding enough donated computers and monitors to give out. If you or your employer has old computer equipment, please consider donating it. You can learn more about donating to PCs for People on our donation page.
For fun, we put together a time-lapse video of our office to show you how busy it has been. The video below shows an 8-hour day in our St Paul office. It was recorded on January 7, 2011.
If you need to be entertained even more, we suggest you try the "Benny Hillified" version here.