Through a first-of-its-kind collaboration by the State of Illinois, PCs for People and various community partners, Illinois has launched a statewide network that will receive, refurbish and redistribute used computers to those in need. This initiative responds to the 1.1 million Illinois households currently without computers and aims to bridge the digital divide for those without internet access to help improve connectivity essential for remote learning, work from home, telemedicine, and other requirements of everyday life. To source the network with newly refurbished computer devices, the State of Illinois is working with private and philanthropic partners to build a pipeline for Illinois households in need.
Illinois is the first to develop a statewide computer equity network devoted to collection of used computers from public and private sectors – matched with a state contribution as well – for a multi-year commitment to distribute tens of thousands of upgraded devices to Illinois communities on an annual basis.
We are currently holding distribution events in the following counties:
If you would like to make a financial contribution to our operations, make a donation below.
If you and your organization are interested in partnering with us, we’d love to hear from you! Fill out this form and let us know how you would like to partner with us.
Who is this program for?
Illinois households without access to a working computer or internet device or those seeking to donate are encouraged to visit PC’s for People’s website to register and learn more about how they can request a computer.
To be eligible, residents must be below 200 percent of the poverty level or enrolled in income-based government assistance programs, such as free or reduced school lunch, Medicaid or SNAP.
How do I apply to receive a free/low-cost computer?
Visit https://pcsrefurbished.com/event/registration and apply to the event nearest you.
NOTE: To apply, residents must produce proof of eligibility at the time of applying, including documentation of income-based government assistance. For more details please refer to eligibility guidelines here: https://www.pcsforpeople.org/eligibility/. Wait for your application to be reviewed and once approved, you can collect your new computer/device at the event. Plan to have proof of eligibility on hand.
All community distribution events will observe COVID-19 health guidelines.
What if I don’t see a community event near me?
Events will be scheduled throughout 2021, with at least one in every Illinois county. Fill out the Nearby Event form above to get notified when an event is in your area.
What if I cannot make it to one of the community events?
Newly refurbished devices can be purchased at pcsrefurbished.com Products are available based on supply at low-moderate costs. Customers must show proof of eligibility at the time of purchase.
When can I expect to receive my equipment?
PCs for People will distribute computers to eligible households from community distribution events scheduled in counties across the state. A link to all scheduled community events can be found here: https://pcsrefurbished.com/event/registration
What should I expect to receive on my device?
As a Microsoft Registered Refurbisher, PCs for People is able to provide computers with licensed copies of Windows 10. They also have more economical machines that include Linux or LibreOffice. Every desktop includes a mouse, a keyboard, power cords, and monitor cords at no additional cost.
Monitors, accessories, hardware upgrades and additional software (such as licensed Microsoft Office) are available for an additional fee.
How do I donate my computer or laptop?
To donate to the Connect Illinois Computer Equity Network, please bring used computers and devices to any of the upcoming community events, or to one of these two statewide distribution centers:
PCs for People Warehouse – Metro East (Opening to the public in early Q1 2021)
100 Florida Avenue, Belleville, IL 62221
PCs for People Warehouse – Chicago-Cook Metro Area (Coming soon in 2021!)
15900 S. Cicero Avenue, Oak Forest, Illinois 60452
For corporate donations, or donations of 15 or more pieces of equipment, please schedule a free pick up here.
What types of donated computer equipment will be accepted?
PCs for People will accept most used computer equipment, redistributing what it can refurbish and recycling what it cannot. NOTE: There are limited exceptions of items that are not accepted including home appliances, lightbulbs and hazardous materials.
What’s the PCs for People process for refurbishing equipment and protecting information?
PCs for People is NAID AAA and R2 certified, requiring the non-profit to practice the highest standards of information destruction, hard drive sanitization, and environmental computer device recycling along with a zero-landfill policy.
Can I write this off on my taxes?
Possibly. PCs for People will provide a receipt that contains our tax ID number and the IRS code for a tax deduction for property donated to a charitable organization under applicable rules and regulations.
The charitable deduction for contributions of technology equals the fair market value (retail used value in the current market place) of the donated property. By law, nonprofits including PCs for People cannot determine the value of your donation. One way to calculate a value of your electronics donation would be to find similar products for sale on the internet.
Which partners have contributed so far?
Several organizations have stepped up to partner, including the State of Illinois COVID-19 Relief Fund, the Jewish United Fund, Girl Scouts of Southern Illinois, Urban League of Metropolitan St. Louis, and Leadership Council of Southwestern Illinois. The State of Illinois is in contact with several large corporations which have expressed an interest in donating to the Connect Illinois Computer Equity Network.
What do I do if my organization would like to host an event?
If you’re interested in partnering with us for an event, fill out the Nonprofit Partnerships form above and we’ll contact you for further information.