Digital Inclusion Fund Awards PCs for People

PCs for People has been awarded a grant from Minneapolis's Digital Inclusion Fund for $15,000. The Digital Inclusion Fund was established at The Minneapolis Foundation in 2007 to help close the digital divide in Minneapolis. The fund's purpose is to increase technology access and skills among non-traditional users of technology, including people with disabilities, people of color, low-income individuals, new immigrants, displaced workers, seniors and others.

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2012 Working in Rural Minnesota

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!

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Computer Giveaway in Alexandria

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.  

KSAX  Eyewitness News


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2012 Mobile Refurbishing - Press Release

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:

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Computer Giveaway in Duluth

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.

WDIO WRIT Eyewitness News

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Northland's News Center

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Somali Center and PCs for People

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!

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We would like to thank Andy Lundquist at Ignition Media for his help.

150 Computers Collected in Duluth

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 local Fox TV station had this to say about it.

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