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PCs for People: Getting Low-Cost Computers And Affordable Broadband Internet Into The Homes Of Low-Income Individuals!.

1 February 2019 Education, Good Dollars and Sense No Comment


Posted February 4th 2019


Founded in 1998, PCs for People is a national leader in digital inclusion. As a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, every project, program and initiative at PCs for People is centered on getting low-cost computers and affordable broadband internet into the homes of low-income individuals. Through an unwavering commitment to the communities we serve, we have distributed over 70,000 computers, subscribed thousands of families to low cost internet, and recycled millions of pounds of electronics. Digital inclusion efforts such as ours are essential in today’s digital world, where it is increasingly hard to access education, healthcare or employment opportunities without access to a computer or the internet. Our model is a self-sustainable social enterprise centered on building community value in every part of our program.

PCs for People’s model contributes to environmental sustainability by intercepting usable computers before they reach landfills and refurbishing them for reuse.  Businesses typically retire computers long before their usable life is over and this has contributed to America becoming the largest producer of electronic waste in the world. We offer businesses a certified secure electronic recycling service. This IT Asset Disposition (ITAD) service is free and offers benefits such as privacy and total data security that businesses would ordinarily have to pay for. Any usable computers obtained through this service have their data securely wiped using our NAID AAA certified process and are then refurbished for distribution. Our environmental certifications ensure that all electronic waste we cannot reuse is recycled sustainably with zero-landfill impact.

In creating our recycling workforce, we have built an award winning partnership with MSS (formerly Midwest Special Services), a nonprofit that supports adults with intellectual and physical disabilities to help them reach their personal goals and achieve their full potential. MSS clients are provided hands-on experience through work training, internship and volunteer opportunities within our electronic waste recycling processes.

To receive technology and services from PCs for People, a potential recipient must be below the 200% poverty level or be currently enrolled in an income-based government assistance program. All the details on getting a computer from PCs For People are here.

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