Our Story

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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.

Our Impact

Population Served

our-impactTo 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:

Adult & Child Mental Health Case Management

  • Employment Services
  • Medicaid
  • Food Support of Financial Assistance
  • Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
  • Section 8 or other Federal Public Housing Assistance
  • Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP)
  • The National School Lunch Program's "Free Lunch" Program
  • Head Start

Individuals receiving a computer are asked to provide a small donation usually $35-50. Many times government programs that clients are involved in will cover the donation. Another service offered to eligible individuals, even if they never received a computer from PCs for People, is affordable computer repair. Individuals can bring in any computer and have it repaired for $25.

St. Paul Office Hours

PCs for People Headquarters
1481 Marshall Ave
St. Paul, MN 55104

Monday - Friday - ( 10:00 am to 5:30 pm )
Saturday - Sunday - ( closed )

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