To create new opportunities by providing personal computers and education to people who have limited experience with technology due to social, physical and/or economic circumstances.
Minnesota Intelligent Rural Communities (MIRC)
In the Spring of 2010, the US Department of Commerce announced that the Blandin Foundation and nineteen coalition partners received a $4.7 million grant award on behalf of rural Minnesota communities. PCs for People was one of those nineteen partners. During our two years of involvement with this program, we will distribute 1,000 computers to families in rural Minnesota.
Frequently Asked Questions
Read on to find answers to common questions about PCs for People and our processes.
1998: PCs for People was formed when Andy Elofson, a Blue Earth County social worker, arranged a donation for a local teen that was computerless. The computer was given by Blue Earth County to assist and foster this boy's exploration into his interest in computers. The boy had been expelled from school and was unsure where to turn. Six months after the donation the boy was creating a positive future for himself by developing web pages for a business in Mankato.
To receive a computer from PCs for People a potential recipient must be below the 150% poverty level, have a family member with a disability or work with a social worker. Other examples of those who could qualify: