PCs for People bring to computers to people who need them

The Blandin Foundation has been working with PCs for People for 10 years, since the days of MIRC (Minnesota Intelligent Rural Communities). It’s been fun to watch them spread from Mankato to the Twin Cities to several states now! And now it’s fun to see them taking the lead in getting computers to the people who need them in order to face social distancing due to coronavirus.

Turns out they are seeing requests for anywhere from 20 to 40,000 computers in a single order as school districts plan to implement distance learning. And they have a system for making the computer donation and distribution process safe for everyone. It’s a park at the curb process similar to what restaurants are doing for take out and/or they have been working with schools that are distributing food to families that need them. CEO Casey Sorensen talked about cars pulling into the parking lots and being asked – are you here for food, computers or both? Way to make the most of a bad situation!

But they are realizing that meeting the increased demand at a price point funders and families can afford will take a substantial public, private collaborative effort. They have received numerous, how can we help, messages. They are asking you to contact them if your business or a business you know wants to help PCs for People. They can arrange freight services for larger donations of desktops, laptops, tablets, and accessories. They pay the cost of freight, organize logistics to our warehouse, refurbish and distribute back to school kids in all 50 States.

Contact us if you want more information on donating (Schedule a Pickup) or email recycle@pcsforpeople.org or if you know someone in need, please direct them to findpcs.com

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About Ann Treacy

I have a Master’s Degree in Library and Information Science. I have been interested or involved in providing access to information through the Internet since 1994, when I worked for Minnesota’s first Internet service provider. I am pleased to be a part of the Blandin on Broadband Team. I also work with MN Coalition on Government Information, Minnesota Rural Partners, and the American Society for Information Science and Technology.

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