2011 Busiest Year Yet

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.

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If you need to be entertained even more, we suggest you try the "Benny Hillified" version here.

Rice County Computers go to PCs for People

Northfield News recently posted an article on their website about Rice County donating all their computers to PCs for People. Read the article here.

We've Moved our Office

As the maze of computers in our small office grew to an unmanageable labyrinth, we finally decided it was time to look for a larger space. After months of searching and negotiation we finally purchased a building in St. Paul! We extremely excited for what this means for our organization. From July 2008 to July of 2010 our 2,000 sq ft Twin Cities office allowed us to give out over 3,000 computers to those in need. At almost 11,000 sq ft our new larger space allows for almost four times the number of people to be served! Our new address is 1481 Marshall Ave in St. Paul.

Pawn America Donation Drive a Great Success

On Friday, July 9th and Saturday, July 10th we partnered with Pawn America to host a free recycling event in Rochester, MN. The event drew almost 250 cars donating more than 10 tons of computer equipment. This means we will be able to provide over 100 families and 300 people with a home computer! "Something sitting in someone's closet is going to bring the world to someone's fingertips, to someone who's never had that before. That's what it's all about," said Dan Kealey, Director of New Business Development and Community Affairs, for Pawn America.

Watch local news coverage.

PCs for People Partners with the Blandin Foundation

In the Spring of 2010, the US Department of Commerce announced that the Blandin Foundation and nineteen coalition partners received a $4.7 million federal Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP) grant award on behalf of rural Minnesota communities. As small but important part of this grant, PCs for People has been awarded a contract to distribute 1,000 computers to low income families in the state of Minnesota. We are excited for this opportunity and to expand our service statewide.

The goal of the Minnesota Intelligent Rural Communities (MIRC) coalition is to bring a network of resources and support to rural Minnesota individuals and communities - especially those unemployed and seeking employment, small businesses, coalitions of government entities, and local leaders.

2,000 computers given out in 2009

In 2009 we gave out more than 2,000 computers to low income families! That means 6,000 people now have access to a computer in their home. We also provided 440 hours of phone support, trained dozens of workers and reused almost 100 tons of computer equipment. We look forward to continued growth this year.


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