FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
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
(720)217-5468 (405)742-7844 (720)278-7725 (303)377-4477
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.