PCs for People

Partner:PCs for People
Date:Apr 20, 2016

PCs for People takes donated computers and rebuilds, refurbishes and redistributes them to people with limited access to technology. PCs for People provides educational experience, work training, internships, as well as volunteer opportunities. This allows people to give something back to the community and increase their knowledge of computers in doing so.

Since PCs for People started in 1999, thousands of computers have been donated to those in need. Through their program people who have never before owned a computer gain the knowledge and opportunities that come from having access to technology.

  • Mission Statement

    Our mission is to provide computers and education to families and individuals that would otherwise not have an opportunity to experience technology. PCs for People is a 501(C)(3) non-profit corporation with offices in St. Paul and Mankato, MN. PCs for People takes donated computers and rebuilds, refurbishes and redistributes them to people with limited access to technology. PCs for People provides educational experience, work training, internships, as well as volunteer opportunities. This allows people to give something back to the community and increase their knowledge of computers in doing so. Since PCs for People started in 1999, thousands of computers have been donated to those in need. Through our program people who have never before owned a computer gain the knowledge and opportunities that come from having access to technology.
  • Project Abstract

    After eight successful years in Mankato, PCs for People is planning to expand program impact by developing a new office in the Minneapolis metro area. In July of 2007 PCs for People started planning for an expansion from Mankato, MN to Minneapolis. This will allow contact with a larger more socially and economically diverse population base as well as expand availability for grants and donations. Over the past eight years PCs for People has consistently grown and matured and expansion has been deemed necessary to better serve potential clients, donors and volunteers while formalizing operations and guaranteeing future growth.
  • Target Population

    To receive a computer from PCs for People a potential recipient must be below the 150% poverty level, have a family member with a disability, work with a social worker or be enrolled in one of the following assistance/government programs: Adult & Child Mental Health Case Management recipients Child Protection Services Medicaid Food Stamps Supplemental Security Income (SSI) Section 8 or other Federal Public Housing Assistance Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF) The National School Lunch Program's "Free Lunch" Program Employment Services Refugee Populations Seniors Another service offered to eligible individuals, even if they never received a computer from PCs for People, is affordable computer repair. Individuals can bring in any computer and have it repaired for $20. How Many People will be helped: First 3 Months (April 2008 to June 2008) Distribute 180 computers Train a total of 10 volunteers First 6 Months (April 2008 to Sept. 2008) Distribute 500 computers Find and train a total of 15 volunteers First Year (April 2008 to March 2009) Distribute 1,400+ Computers Find and train a total of more than 20 volunteers Weigh pros and cons of starting a formal Non-profit Corporation vs. remaining as a fiscal sponsor Second Year (April 2009 to March 2010) Distribute 2,500+ Computers Third Year (April 2010 to March 2011) Distribute 3,500+ Computers
  • Contact Information & Map

    PCs for People
    Attn: Madeline Tate
    1481 Marshall Avenue
    St. Paul, MN 55104
    United States

    Phone: (651) 354-2552 x 806
    Email: mtate@pcsforpeople.org


  • Equipment Needed

    PC Desktop System
    PC Laptop System
    PC CPU (Partial System)
    CDROM Drive
    Copier
    Digital Camera
    Flatbed Scanner
    Hard Disk Drive
    Keyboard
    Modem
    Monitor
    Mice
    Network Interface Card
    Printer
    Software Item
    Sound Card
    Video Card
    Miscellaneous Item