Spend five minutes talking with Tarole Rettke and you'll learn quickly that she is ambitious. Last year, she wrote a cookbook using the personal computer she had received from PCs for People. The single mom of three did this while working three part-time jobs. To top it off, the proceeds of Tarole's cookbook From Midway to Here, were donated to Stevenson and Hayes Elementary schools. She is currently working on her second cookbook fundraiser in hopes to have the proceeds go to a different elementary school.
"I'm always trying to find ways to make ends meet and to utilize my talent." Tarole said. The computer she received allowed her to purse her passion for writing and recipes. She first started developing her fascination with recipes years ago as a stay-at-home mom. "When I was with the kids I started cooking and trying new recipes. I got really fascinated with where recipes came from---who taught great grandma her recipes and how do we learn them? How does a recipe evolve into what it is today?"
PCs for People is now activating all Clear modems, even if they were not purchased from us. To have your Clear modem activated by us, stop by our St. Paul office. PCs for People recipients need to bring in the modem plus payment for the time needed to add on for the device . If you’re not a PCs for People recipient, bring in proof of eligibility (go to the recipient eligibility section of the website), a photo ID, the modem, and 40 dollars to activate your device for three months.
PCs for People has received a grant from the Otto Bremer Foundation to support digital inclusion through our PCs for Kids program. $170,000 has been awarded to pay for the distribution of 2,400 computers to low-income families with school-aged children in 22 communities across Minnesota, North Dakota, and Wisconsin.
The mobile refurbishing project will travel to Minnesota (Alexandria, Brainerd, Baxter, Breckenridge, Detroit Lakes, Fergus Falls, International Falls, Mankato, Marshall, Moorhead, Morris, Owatonna, St. Paul, Willmar), North Dakota (Bismarck, Fargo, Grand Forks, Wahpeton), and Wisconsin (Menomonie). The project seeks to increase broadband adoption, reduce electronic waste, and help bridge the digital divide in Bremer communities. Since launching PCs for Kids in 2010, PCs for People has successfully completed 42 events across the State of Minnesota.