Used computer drive in Duluth today

I’m in Duluth now. It’s been fun to see some folks drop off computer and attention from the media – but it would be fun to see more people take advantage of the opportunity. If you’re around Duluth and have a used computer, please consider donating it. If you know someone in the area, please spread the word.

PC’s for People will collect used computers on Tuesday, November 15, from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. at Bayfront Festival Park in Duluth. The equipment will be refurbished and redistributed to qualifying families in need in the Duluth area at no cost.

Donated computers should be eight years old or less and should be in generally working order. Computer accessories are also accepted, with the exception of CRT monitors over 10 years old, broken monitors or office size printers or copiers. Computer equipment will be accepted from both residents and businesses.

According to PCfP’s Sam Drong, “We turn computers stored in people’s closets and basements into another family’s treasured asset, enabling kids to better do their homework and mom and dad a chance to further their education or search for a job.” PC’s for People uses industry-approved “best practices” for cleaning hard drives, updating software and testing computer reliability before sending a computer home with its new family.

Through its participation in the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act (ARRA) – funded Minnesota Intelligent Rural Communities Program, PC’s for People has distributed 1,000 computers to families in need across greater Minnesota. Computers have been distributed to individuals and families and for use in assisted living facilities, nursing homes, community computer centers, libraries and other public access sites. Schools and social service agencies have been partners to ensure that the computers end up in good hands and that the new owners know how to make use of them. Some Internet Service Providers have stepped up as partners to provide a basic Internet connection available at an affordable price.

Arrowhead Regional Development Commission, Western Lake Superior Sanitary District, Universal Recycling Technologies, the City of Duluth and Blandin Foundation have provided support for this collection and refurbishment effort.

This collection event is being held as a precursor to the MN Broadband Conference, Policy and Progress: Border to Border Broadband, where community leaders from across the state will discuss successful strategies for improving broadband access and use. The November 16-17 conference is being co-sponsored by Blandin Foundation and Connect Minnesota. For more information and to register, go online to http://broadband.blandinfoundation.org.

PC’s for People, a non-profit organization dedicated to collecting and refurbishing used computers for distribution to those who now lack this important communication tool. Since 1999, the organization has distributed refurbished computers to more than 10,000 Minnesota families.

For more information, contact:  Sam Drong
(612)424-3918
sdrong@pcsforpeople.com

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