PCs for People is one of the driving forces in the Upper Midwest attempting to improve digital inclusion by eliminating the number of individuals without a computer or access to internet in the home. As a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization, our mission is to create new opportunities by providing affordable personal computers, computer repairs, internet service, and education to people with limited technological experience due to social, physical, or economic circumstances.
In the late 1990's, Andy Elofson, a Blue Earth County social worker met with a young man. His misplaced curiosity of computers got him in trouble, and the consequences lost him an opportunity to learn at school. In order to get this young man's life back on the right track and foster his exploration of computers and knowledge, Andy found an unused computer from Blue Earth County to donate to him. Six months later, word got back to Andy that the young man was creating a positive future for himself and others by developing web pages for local churches and businesses in Mankato, Minnesota. This was the first brick in the foundation that helped build us to where we are today.