FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Oct. 30, 2018
Austin, Texas — On Friday, Oct. 19, Bridging the Gap, a national digital inclusion program, distributed computers and internet service low-income elementary and middle school students in Austin. The computers were distributed in partnership with the Austin Independent School District and the City of Austin. Bridging the Gap is a nonprofit-led initiative of PCs for People and Mobile Beacon that helps community anchor institutions such as housing authorities, schools, libraries, and nonprofits provide affordable computers and internet service to individuals and families below the 200 percent poverty level.
Through Bridging the Gap, PCs for People and Mobile Beacon distributed 127 refurbished computers and 78 4G LTE mobile hotspots with three months of unlimited internet service to elementary and middle school students from the Austin Independent School District.
“It’s beyond heartwarming to see a family with their technology in hand smiling as they say thank you” said Griselda Rodriguez, Special Projects Coordinator for the Austin Independent School District. “The opportunities that await them are endless as they embark on an empowerment journey for a brighter future. The wealth of knowledge they will acquire through their new tools will allow them to make a more informed decision in employment, education, wellness, community, and civic engagement just to name a few.”
The distribution event took place at Austin Independent School District: Sanchez Elementary School. PCs for People staff provided on-site basic computer training and additional resources for each recipient to take home. The City of Austin provided decommissioned computers for refurbishing and redistribution, and Mobile Beacon donated mobile hotspot devices and provided monetary support for the event. Austin Independent School District at Sanchez Elementary School provided the location to refurbish the computers. Volunteers from Austin-based electronics and semiconductor company, Tokyo Electron US, assisted with the technology distribution.
About Mobile Beacon: Mobile Beacon provides high-speed, low-cost, mobile internet access to the anchors of communities: the nonprofits, schools, libraries, and health care organizations that provide vital services to millions of Americans every day. Through this broadband service, organizations have an essential tool to fulfill their missions and maximize their philanthropic impact, which allows organizations to access more information, reach more people, and help more in their communities. Learn more at http://www.mobilebeacon.org.
About PCs for People: PCs for People is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that provides affordable computers, computer repair and internet service to low-income families and nonprofits across the country. In addition, we provide digital literacy training to people with limited technological experience due to social, physical or economic circumstances. PCs for People has distributed over 60,000 computers, subscribed thousands of families to low cost internet, and recycled millions of pounds of electronics. Our corporate services include secure Information technology asset disposition and AAA NAID certified data sanitization. Learn more at www.pcsforpeople.org.
Lauren Yergeau, Mobile Beacon
Nachiket Karnik, PCs for People
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