PCs for People Recycles Business Electronics
And Provides Refurbished Tech To Low-Income Households
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.
Founded in 1998, PCs for People is a national leader in digital inclusion. As a 501(c)(3) non-profit 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 distributed over 70,000 computers, subscribed thousands of families to low cost internet, and recycled millions of pounds of electronics. Digital inclusion efforts such as ours are essential in today’s digital world, where it is increasingly hard to access education, healthcare or employment opportunities without access to a computer or 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 partnership 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.
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.
Executive Director - Minnesota
Thomas was born in the Lorraine region of France, but now calls himself a Franco-Minnesotan. He started his career in the food world, with Dairy Queen's international group, then as part of startup businesses and smaller companies like Le Pain Quotidien, where he became a fan of the triple bottom line way of running a business, focusing on people and planet as well as profit. Thanks to his experience with nonprofit Appetite For Change, in North Minneapolis, Thomas decided he should dedicate his energy towards social justice, and with PCs For People, he is lucky to be able to combat the Digital Divide by helping everyone access technology.
Executive Director - Ohio
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.