In our most recent partnership with the Blandin Foundation, we were tasked with distributing 500 computers to nine separate communities throughout Minnesota. In a six week span, we traveled 2,200 miles to deliver computer systems to low-income families. That same milage equals a round trip from our St. Paul headquarters to Washington D.C or a one way trip to Mexico City!
In each of the nine communities, we partnered with a local steering committee made up of engaged forward-thinking individuals wanting to make a difference in their community's technological vitality. Those steering committees helped us engage the local school districts, county governments, tribal governments, and social service organizations to identify families in need. Once the families were identified, PCs for People delivered computers to the community and in many cases helped distribute them directly to the families.
Business has been incredibly brisk as of late. It seems like every month we set new records in the amount of computers that are going out the door or the amount of people we sign up for the internet. We work so hard at our jobs that we rarely stop to acknowledge the milestones we have reached. Let's take a moment to celebrate!
Last week, we set a new daily record by giving out 144 refurbished computers to low-income families. To put this in perspective, it took us over two full years between 1998 and 2000 to distribute our first 150 computers. In other words, a year's worth of work in 1998 is now easily being done in just one day!
We are pleased to announce that our new website is live and ready for the world to view. We have completely redesigned our layout with simplicity, ease of use, and accessibility in mind. It will be a tool for both fulfilling our mission and helping us provide better resources to our clients.
This new website will keep pace with our rapidly growing organization by rolling out new content, educational programs, and other initiatives in the coming months.This includes updating our educational portal, providing better information to our corporate clients, and integrating more with social media.
We hope you enjoy the new website. Please feel free to send us comments or feedback. On behalf of all the PCs for People staff, thanks for visiting.