About Us

What We Do

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. 

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Our Story

In 1998, Andy Elofson, a social worker with Blue Earth County, met with a young man who was expelled for misusing school computers. In an effort to help, Andy gave him an old computer the county wasn't using anymore. Six months later, the young man was creating a positive future for himself and others by developing web pages for local businesses and churches.

That is when PCs for People began. For the next 10 years, PCs for People operated out of a small office in Mankato, MN. Through the hard work of Andy and computer-savvy volunteers, the office's impact grew. 

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Our Impact

Population Served

our-impactTo receive a computer from PCs for People a potential recipient must be below the 200% 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
  • Medical Assistance 
  • MinnesotaCare
  • Food Support or 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 in most cases.

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