ABOUT US

PCs for People Recycles Business Electronics
And Provides Refurbished Tech To Low-Income Households

OUR MISSION

Through electronic reuse PCs for People provides the opportunity for all low-income individuals and nonprofits to benefit from the life changing impact of computers and mobile internet.

OUR IMPACT

Over 180,000 Computers Distributed

Our refurbished computers have touched the lives of people around the United States enabling access to better educational, healthcare, and employment opportunities.

Over 70,000 People Connected to Internet
PCs for People customers range from a variety of backgrounds and include high-schoolers, college students, working professionals, and seniors among others.
Over 8 Million Pounds of Technology Recycled

As a R2 certified organization, PCs for People has the highest certification for environmental stewardship. We are the only Minnesota recycler and one of two in Colorado with both the R2 and NAID AAA certifications.

OUR STORY

Founded in 1998, PCs for People is a national leader in digital inclusion. As a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, every project, program and initiative at PCs for People is centered on getting low-cost computers and affordable broadband internet into the homes of low-income individuals. Through an unwavering commitment to the communities we serve, we have provided 155,000 people with home computers, connected 165,000 people to low-cost internet, and recycled over 8 millions of pounds of electronics. Digital inclusion efforts such as ours are essential in today’s society, where it is increasingly hard to access education, healthcare or employment opportunities without access to a computer and the internet. Our model is a self-sustainable social enterprise centered on building community value in every part of our program.

PCs for People’s model contributes to environmental sustainability by intercepting usable computers before they reach landfills and refurbishing them for reuse.  Businesses typically retire computers long before their usable life is over and this has contributed to America becoming the largest producer of electronic waste in the world. We offer businesses a certified secure electronic recycling service. This IT Asset Disposition (ITAD) service is free and offers benefits such as privacy and total data security that businesses would ordinarily have to pay for. Any usable computers obtained through this service have their data securely wiped using our NAID AAA certified process and are then refurbished for distribution. Our environmental certifications ensure that all electronic waste we cannot reuse is recycled sustainably with zero-landfill impact.In creating our recycling workforce, we have built an award winning partnerships with MSS (formerly Midwest Special Services), a nonprofit that supports adults with intellectual and physical disabilities to help them reach their personal goals and achieve their full potential. MSS clients are provided hands-on experience through work training, internship and volunteer opportunities within our electronic waste recycling processes.

LEADERSHIP

Casey Sorensen
CEO

Casey graduated from Minnesota State University Mankato with a degree in Computer Information Systems. While he attended MSU, Casey volunteered for a county-run program giving computers to families in the local community. After college Casey began his career working in technology automation with Deloitte Consulting, however, his true passion was to help others join the digital world. In 2008, Casey left consulting and went on to incorporate and establish PCs for People. Under his management the organization has grown to become a leader in digital inclusion for low-income families and individuals, serving thousands in need across the nation.

Bryan Mauk
Chief Innovation Director

Prior to joining PCs for People, Bryan Mauk was the Vice President of Workforce Development for Lutheran Metropolitan Ministry for seven years. He has been serving the community for over 15 years helping to provide outreach and employment services to individuals who were homeless and previously incarcerated. Bryan has a B.A. from John Carroll University and a Master’s Degree in Nonprofit Organizations (MNO) from Case Western Reserve University. Bryan has also served as an adjunct faculty member at John Carroll University teaching classes on social entrepreneurship at the graduate and undergraduate levels.

Gary Bonner
Executive Director - Baltimore, MD

Gary Bonner is a Baltimore City native and product of Baltimore City public schools. Gary spent 17 years working in the management consulting field leading his firm’s organizational development and nonprofit capacity building practice areas. Gary served as Chief Operating Officer of Azure Healthcare Services in Washington, DC where he worked to secure healthcare services for adults living with traumatic brain injury, intellectual and developmental disabilities. Gary’s 26 years of private sector business experience includes his role as Director of Corporate Education Programs for Wiley Global Education Services in Chicago, IL where he headed the development of university-based workforce development programs. Gary is an often-sought-after public speaker and holds a Bachelor of Science in Organizational Development and Leadership from Morris Brown College and an Executive Certificate in Nonprofit Leadership from the Kennedy School, Harvard University.

 

 

 

 

 

Alejandro Dopico
Executive Director - Denver, CO

Alejandro Dopico is originally from Spain and spent many years as the Chief Operations Officer for an international export company based in Hong Kong. Alejandro combines his experience in international sales with a deep understanding of technology to execute the day to day operations as well as the long-term strategic plan of the Denver branch. He has a mind for logistics and loves finding innovative ways to get technology into the hands of families and students.  After relocating to the United States, Alejandro decided to expand his skills by joining the nonprofit sector and passionate about the life-changing impact of computers and internet on individuals, especially the youth population.  Outside of business, Alejandro has spent years studying history and literature and traveling the world.

Tom Esselman
Executive Director - Kansas City, MO

Tom made his mark as an innovation leader at Hallmark Cards, where he created and managed the Song Cards product line, and other emotional sending products enhanced by technology.  This experience led Tom to become an advocate for older adults and families without access to technology and computer skills. Becoming part of the PCs For People organization fulfills a vision Tom articulated when he joined Connecting For Good as CEO in 2016:  for digital inclusion to become a financially sustainable model for every community, providing demonstrable long term improvements in Education, Employment, Economic Impact and the Environment.  Tom and his wife Mary live in Kansas City, and have 4 kids, and a growing number of grandchildren.

Chris Cairo

Chris Cairo
Managing Director - Minnesota

Chris came to PCs for People with over thirty years of management, sales, and procurement experience in the agriculture and food market spaces. A graduate of Northeastern Illinois University, he has served on various Boards (Family & Children's Service, Easter Lutheran Church, Zeeland Lumber) and has a lifetime of volunteer experience, including four years working with youth at Treehouse Hope. A passionate soccer fan (Go Loons!), Chris and his wife reside in Eagan, MN.

Kevin Poe

Kevin Poe
Managing Director - Metro East, IL

Kevin came to PCs for People following a successful 20-year career in Industrial Construction Management in 2018 and after receiving an industry award as a Champion of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI).  This moment, combined with the reward felt from creating and coaching a "no-cut" girls softball program consisting of 12-teams and 150-players from 5-18 years old, propelled a life decision to abandon his established career in favor of doing "meaningful" work on which he could hang his proverbial hat. After three years in a directorial role with a nonprofit foundation doing intense work in the most underestimated areas of North St. Louis County, Kevin found his way to PCs for People.

Erin Sherwood

Erin Sherwood
Managing Director - Cook County, IL

As a Buffalo-native, Erin Sherwood relocated to Chicago over thirteen years ago to pursue her graduate degree in Integrated Marketing Communications from Roosevelt University. She went on to then manage a small, but robust corporate education and training institute for over a decade. Her roles and responsibilities varied from building partnerships, recruiting national speakers, and enhancing productivity across the organization. It was in this role Erin realized her deep-rooted passion for helping others. Through the use of effective communications and storytelling, she has helped to elevate professionals in their careers and is excited about the opportunity to now help bridge the digital divide across the state of Illinois and beyond. When she's not working she can be found chasing her nearly three-year-old son, exploring the many parks and sights Chicago has to offer or cheering on the Buffalo Bills.