Lt. Governor Jon Husted has issued a challenge to companies in Ohio to help bridge the digital divide, and these businesses in the Buckeye State are already responding in an effort to help under-privileged citizens of our state get connected to the internet. Husted, along with Matt Damschroder, Director of the Ohio Department of Administrative Services, and Lydia Mihalik, Director of the Ohio Development Services Agency, announced on Thursday, December 17th, that the State of Ohio is donating a surplus of 148 computers to PCs for People to help more Ohioans afford and obtain an internet-enabled device that is suitable for working and learning.
The donation is another BroadbandOhio project that builds upon the administration’s efforts to expand and enhance broadband connectivity for businesses and families in Ohio.
“We’re all working together to bridge this digital divide. PCs for People is a growing partner with the State of Ohio to help get more internet access, to get more internet-ready devices out to the public so we can close that digital divide,” said Husted. “You cannot participate in the modern economy, the modern education system, or the modern healthcare system without it. The State of Ohio and PC’s for People are working together to solve that problem.”
Contact us at PCs for People Ohio for information to get your company involved today!
Address: 3126 St Clair Ave NE, Cleveland, OH 44114
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?
Ohio 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?
View the upcoming events at the top of this page 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?
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?
Please bring used computers and devices to any of the upcoming community events, or to our recycling center:
PCs for People – Cleveland Recycling Center
3126 St Clair Ave NE, Cleveland, OH 44114
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?
As our Ohio partnerships consistently grow, this list will change. Our current partners include:
- Alliance Data
- Avient Corporation
- Benesch, Friedlander, Coplan and Aronoff LLP
- CAS Division of the American Chemical Society
- Cleveland Clinic
- Cohen & Company
- Columbus Regional Airport Authority
- CrossCountry Mortgage
- Diamond Hill Capital Management
- Eaton Corporation
- GE Lighting
- Goldfarb Weber Creative Media
- Hahn Loeser
- Huntington Bank
- Installed Building Products
- Lincoln Electric
- NexGen Interactive
- Oatey Co.
- Parker Hannifin
- RPM International Inc.
- Sherwin-Williams Company
- Squire Patton Boggs LLC
- Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP
- Third Federal Savings & Loan
- Thompson Hine LLP
- University Hospitals
- Washington Prime Group
- Worthington Industries
Electronics Recycling Center & Retail Location
Address: 3126 St Clair Ave NE, Cleveland, OH 44114
• ITAD electronics recycling
• Individual electronics drop-off
• Volunteer opportunities
• Low-cost desktop & laptop computers, computer accessories
• Internet devices and subscriptions
• Computer repairs
• Digital learning
Address: 6005 Francis, Cleveland, OH 44127
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