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The iPad is taken for granted as a writing tool here. I wrote the paper on my computer and printed it in my home office before editing by hand. How well could I write without these tools that make it so easy?

The digital divide isn’t talked about much. Although affluent families may think nothing of each family member having their own computer, low-income families often can’t afford a computer at all. The adults may be able to go to a local library to check their email, but for children in school, the needs are harder to avoid. They may need a computer to conduct research, write a paper, and submit assignments. Children without computers are quickly left behind.

Fortunately, there is a non-profit organization that will help. PCs for People takes old computers given up for “recycle” and refurbishes them. It then gives them to low-income families for little or no cost. They also help those families by providing repairs and low-cost internet service. To receive a computer from PCs for People a potential recipient must be below the 200% poverty level, have a family member with a disability, or work with a social worker. In 2015, PCs for People distributed 8,552 computers and completed 2,346 repairs. Of the computers distributed, 2,400 of them were at no cost to the recipients through our PCs for Kids program.

PCs for People originally served Minneapolis families, later expanding to Minnesota, the upper Midwest, and beyond. Denver also has a PCs for People outpost serving the Colorado area.

Learn more about PCs for People at https://pcsforpeople.com/.

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Our cohosts for this month are: Shilpa Garg, Peter Nena, Eric LahtiRoshan Radhakrishnan and Inderpreet Kaur Uppal

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21 replies »

  1. In the internet age, it’s more difficult to navigate the world or simply apply for work without a computer. This is a great initiative for those who can’t otherwise afford it or the service. Thanks for sharing this good news for #WATWB.

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