Drop off Your E-Waste on America Recycles Day

Have old computers or laptops at your home or business? Recycle them with PCs for People on America Recycles Day.

More than 80 percent of electronics that are no longer in use are currently stockpiled in homes and businesses. PCs for People is a 501(c)(3) non-profit that has been collecting unused computers and e-waste since 1998 with the goal of refurbishing working machines and recycling non-working computers in a sustainable way. Computers newer than eight years old are refurbished while those older than eight years are recycled. Refurbished computers are distributed to low-income individuals and families. Any parts we don't use are sent to R2 and e-Stewards certified downstream recyclers. Concerned about data security? We are AAA NAID Certified for secure data destruction.

In Saint Paul, families and individuals can drop off old computers at our Marshall Avenue location in Saint Paul (1481 Marshall Ave, Saint Paul, MN 55104) between 9:30 am and 4:30 pm.

Businesses in Minnesota can call us at 651-354-2552 or e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  to schedule a pickup.

In Denver both families and businesses can drop off your old computers at our Lipan Street location (60 Lipan Street, Denver, CO 80223) between 12:30 pm and 4:30 pm.

Get rid of your e-waste, help bridge the digital divide!

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RELEASE: Digital Divide Trimmed as PCs for People Distributes Record Number of Computers in October

Saint Paul, MN – November 2, 2017 - PCs for People distributed a record 1,528 computers to low income individuals in 45 states in October. That means more than 4,800 people – including 2,334 children – can now study, apply for jobs, improve their technical skills, and do other activities most of us take for granted. More than 1,200 new home Internet hotspots were also handed out last month. The successful October comes on the heels of what was a record-setting September, when 1,256 computers were distributed.

“We are glad to help so many people move toward technological equality.” according to Casey Sorensen, PCs for People Executive Director. “The demand for low-cost computers and Internet access continues to grow, as two consecutive months of record-setting computer handouts show.”

Sorensen thinks that trend will continue. “PCs for People expects to distribute more computers in 2017 than in any previous year. We thank our current business partners for using our free collection and recycling services. We’re always seeking new partners to help us meet the need for computers “.

PCs for People gathered nearly 1,700 computers and responsibly recycled 40,000 pounds of electronic waste from 140 partners in October.

Studies continue to show the “Digital Divide” – the lack of a computer and broadband access is a major problem for families in poverty. Digital inclusion is a social justice problem that has far-reaching effects in equity relating to education, health, and income. Only 48 percent of households with incomes below $25,000 have a home internet connection compared to about 85 percent of households with incomes between $50,000 and $100,000.

Nearly one-third of households with school-age children and incomes below $50,000 don’t have Internet access, compared to only about eight percent of the households with school-age children and incomes above $50,000.

About PCs for People: Over 16 years, PCs for People has helped more than 170,000 individuals gain access to technology in their homes in the form of low-cost computers and Internet access.

For more information and inquiries, please contact:
Casey Sorensen
Executive Director, PCs for People
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1481 Marshall Avenue
Saint Paul, MN 55104
Phone: 612-567-8435

Colorado Department of Health and Environment Awarded to PCs for People

RREO grant decreases electronic waste and increases access to computers
for low-income families across Colorado

DENVER, Colo., September 6, 2017 – PCs for People announces it is a recipient of the Colorado
Department of Health and Environment’s Recycling Resources Economic Opportunity (RREO)
grant totaling $80,484. Funding from this grant will allow PCs for People to increase its
recycling partners, decrease the amount of electronic waste in Colorado and provide computers
to families who otherwise could not afford them.


“We are honored to receive the RREO grant, which will allow us to increase our PC recycling
program and bridge the technological gap between high-income and low-income homes,” said
PCs for People Executive Director Julie Seltz. “Access to technology in the home leads to
increases in graduation rates, economic output and long-term employment.”


PCs for People provides recycling services at no charge to businesses. Services include pick up
of retired business electronics and National Association for Information Destruction (NAID)
AAA certified data sanitization services. The computers are then refurbished and offered to lowincome
families at low-to-zero cost.


“We are extremely grateful to the Colorado Department of Health and Environment and the
state’s Pollution Prevention Advisory Board for awarding us this grant,” said Tom Sheraden,
CIO, Prologis and Denver advisory board member for PCs for People. “PCs for People currently
serves over 55 businesses and government organizations in Colorado, and through this grant, we
anticipate increasing our reach to over 100 organizations.”


Since its inception in 2007, the RREO grant program has awarded more than $11 million to
employers throughout Colorado in order to develop a recycling infrastructure. PCs for People is
one of nine organizations out of 36 applicants to be awarded grant funds for program's most
recent grant opportunity.

 

 

PRESS RELEASE: Smart City Photovoice Project Announces North Denver Exhibition

DENVER – The North Denver Cornerstone Collaborative (NDCC), Denver Smart City, the University of Denver, The GrowHaus, and PCs for People partnered this past month for the Smart City Photovoice Project in North Denver. The project engaged 13 teenagers from the Elyria and Swansea neighborhoods to have their voice heard through photography. The participants artistic work will be exhibited at The GrowHaus on Thursday, August 3 from 5-6:30 p.m.

 

“Taking the pictures was my favorite part of the Photovoice Project,” says Antonio Luna, one of the participating teens. “We got to express the bad things about our community and now we have the opportunity to make a change,” adds 14-year old Lizbeth Zamudio.

Photovoice is a process by which project participants are provided cameras to document their lived experiences revolving around a project topic or theme. The Elyria and Swansea Photovoice Project sought the youth’s perspective about their community, helping shape the development of future initiatives and efforts for Denver Smart City.

Through their photographs, participants shared what they love about their community and what they would like to change. The exhibition celebrates the youth work and honors their experiences of mobility in Denver.

“This exhibit puts teens’ voices front and center,” explained Emily Silverman, Denver’s Technical Program Manager for Denver Smart City. “I was impressed with the teens’ photographs and the conversations they spurred within their community.”

“It is so important for the students to understand both the positive and negative aspects of their communities. Photovoice has given them a space to see themselves as part of the solution,” says Jackie Beavers, Education Program Coordinator at The GrowHaus.

City officials will be at this exhibit to honor the participants and will embrace the work of the teens to help shape the development of future initiatives and efforts.

 

Training session: PCs for People led a workshop on computer repair and refurbishment

DENVER (July 7, 2017) - Nearly 50 high school students from the Denver area will be one step closer to careers in tech before they head back to school in the fall. Colorado Technology Foundation’s second-annual Tech Internship Accelerator provides immersive, hands-on training and focused dialogue with industry professionals. The Accelerator is hosted in partnership with Denver Public Schools CareerConnect to enhance and accelerate the summer internship experiences for the students.

“We are so grateful for the generous donation from PCs for People and Colorado Technology Foundation,” said Joe Saboe, Director of Denver Public Schools CareerConnect. “For many of our students, this is the first time they will own a computer. With this powerful technology, our TechConnect students will be able to accelerate their learning and unlock their future careers.

 

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PCs for People distributed 100 Computers in Alamosa, CO

 

 

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Collaboration Provides 50 Computers and Internet to Community Members of Westwood Who Lack Technology at Home

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

 

Contact:

Rachel Cleaves                   Kristin Lacy                  Julie Seltz                  David Lopez

Executive Director               Programs Coordinator     Executive Director       Project Intern   

Westwood Unidos                Re:Vision                     PCs for People            Urban Land Conservancy

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Collaboration Provides 50 Computers and Internet to

Community Members of Westwood Who Lack Technology at Home

 

Denver, November 19, 2016 – With the help of PCs For People, two community organizations, Re:Vision and Westwood Unidos, will provide free computers and Internet hotspot devices to 50 Westwood families this week. The computers and hotspots will be distributed to the families on Saturday, November 19, between 1:30 and 3:00 PM, at a community gathering space, RISE Westwood, located at 3738 Morrison Road, Denver, CO 80219.  There will be a tent providing information about PCs for People open from 11:30 AM – 1:30 PM at the same location.

 

The event itself is part of a larger, comprehensive initiative to help bridge the digital divide and homework gap that exists between families that have access to connected computers and those who don’t.  PCs for People will provide a training for each person and then they will receive their computer for free.  

 

The event will occur at RISE Westwood, a new community hub owned by Re:Vision that serves the Westwood community by providing the Food Market run by Re:Vision and La Casita Community House run by Westwood Unidos. The Urban Land Conservancy was instrumental in organizing the collaboration for this event.

 

PCs for People, a Microsoft Registered Refurbisher, is a nonprofit social enterprise focused on bridging the digital divide by providing affordable computers and Internet connectivity to low-income families and students.  

Westwood Unidos is a grassroots organization that puts Westwood residents in the lead to create a healthy community. Community members have worked for the last 8 years to successfully open a new bus route on Morrison Road and re-develop blighted streets into safe areas. Westwood Unidos runs La Casita Community House, a community center where local people can take and teach classes like zumba, aerobics, yoga, self-defense, tae kwon do, guitar, and piano.  

Re:Vision works with people in economically marginalized neighborhoods to develop resident leaders, cultivate community food systems, and create an economy owned by the community.  Re:Vision has a community-run market that operates three days a week in Westwood selling local, organic, affordable produce to the community.   

The Urban Land Conservancy is a non-profit organization the purchases lands and facilities for community benefit.   They are leaders in generating affordable nonprofit space in Denver, have been active in strengthening the Westwood neighborhood, including redeveloping the blighted Thriftway site.

 

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Collaboration Provides Computers and Internet to 100 Greenlee Elementary Families to Increase Computer Literacy

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

Contact:

Kristen Collins                                       Julie Seltz                         Lauren Yergeau

Community Engagement Specialist            Executive Director              Marketing & Communications Mgr.

Greenlee Elementary                              PCs for People                        Mobile Beacon

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Collaboration Provides Computers and Internet to 100 Greenlee Elementary Families to Increase Computer Literacy

Denver, November 8, 2016With the help of a few community-focused organizations, Greenlee Elementary will provide free computers and Internet hotspot devices to 100 Greenlee families this week. The computers and hotspots will be distributed to the students’ families on Wednesday, November 9, at 5:30pm, at the school’s campus at 1150 Lipan St.

A local nonprofit business PCs for People will distribute the computers to Greenlee families who don’t have one at home, with a special focus on Early Childhood and fifth grade households. The goal of the give-away is to introduce computer skills at a young age and to encourage computer literacy among students and families. Recipients of the computers will use them for job applications, revision of math and reading skills with their children, as well as a multitude of other uses.

Mobile Beacon, a provider of high-speed Internet access to nonprofits, schools, libraries and low income communities, is generously funding the majority of the cost of this program, in addition to providing the broadband hotspot devices for free.

 

Greenlee Elementary, in west Denver, enrolls 350 students and houses K-5 grades as well as an Early Childhood Education program. 93.6% of Greenlee’s students qualify for Free and Reduced Lunch and 21.3% are English Language Learners. Greenlee serves a diverse population - 91.9% identify as students of color.

PCs for People, a Microsoft Registered Refurbisher, is a nonprofit social enterprise focused on bridging the Digital Divide by providing affordable computers and Internet to low-income families and students.

Office of Family and Community Engagement (FACE), provides services to and empowers families, students, and community members so that they can be strong partners in the education of Denver Public School students.

AmeriCorps Urban Education Corps, strives to engage Denver families in local schools in order to increase attendance and retention with the student population.

Mobile Beacon is dedicated to providing affordable, mobile, high-speed Internet access to other nonprofits, schools, libraries and low-income communities so they can better carry out their missions.              

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