PCs for People is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit striving to bridge the digital divide by providing the necessary tools to put a functional computer into the hands of low-income individuals and get them online.
Corporate Recycling Services
Our mission is fulfilled through the partnerships we have with over 250 business and government agencies to recycle and refurbish their retired electronics. As a corporate electronics recycler we are able to offer a free, safe, and responsible source for your end-of-life IT asset needs. As an organization we have developed an efficient and cost effective process to address businesses' concerns surrounding confidentiality, security, and sanitization of their digital data. PCs for People provides many of the same services a traditional electronics recycler would offer at no cost to the business. Our recycling services include a free pickup of all retired business electronics and National Association for Information Destruction (NAID) certified data sanitization services.
After recycled equipment undergoes our NAID certified sanitation process, our team of dedicated technicians refurbish all usable equipment, making it accessible to underserved populations of our community.
Once refurbished, the equipment helps us to further fulfill our mission to provide affordable personal computers, computer repairs, internet service, and education to people with limited technological experience due to social, physical, or economic circumstances.
Bridging the Digital Divide
At PCs for People we work hard to provide these services because we know the importance of having affordable access to technology in the home. Statistically speaking, better access leads to an increase in graduation rates, economic output, and long-term employment.
A big portion of our outreach outside of the Minneapolis/St Paul metro area is reflected through our PCs for Kids and PCs for Vibrant Communities programs. PCs for Kids is our response to the digital divide within the school system. The RAND Corporation's research found that "technology literacy plays an important role in a child's ability to succeed in school and later life." Since 2011, our regional partnerships across the Midwest with school districts and Head Start organizations have given thousands of low-income students the tools needed to develop skills for post-secondary success and future careers.
PCs for Vibrant Communities is a developmental initiative designed to connect adults looking for employment with a home PC through strategic partnerships with workforce centers. According to estimates by the U.S. Commerce Department, 95% of all new jobs created require significant computer skills. Our goal is to promote digital skills to prepare them for finding employment and building a career.
Volunteer & Intern Training
Through the Blandin Foundation we are striving to address broadband adoption within rural communities on the Blandin Broadband Communities Project. The National Telecommunications and Information Administration reported that PCs for People's computers helped "parents pursuing higher education while they took care of their children at home; parents being better able to communicate with their children's schools using the internet and email; and individuals searching for and finding jobs." Access to the internet increases digital literacy skills and inclusion into the digitally-connected world.
Through the Otto Bremer Foundation we will work with five communities across the Upper Midwest, partnering with Workforce Centers and school districts to get computers and low-cost internet into the hands of those that lack this necessary life-line.
PCs for People strives to engage an entire community and leverage existing resources to address the digital inclusion disparities on a local and sustainable level.