City, Unisys partner with PCs for People to provide computers for residents in need
In its continuing efforts to bridge the digital divide, the City of Minneapolis has coordinated efforts with Unisys Corporation to have computers previously used by City of Minneapolis employees donated to PCs for People, a Saint Paul-based non-profit that refurbishes computers donated by businesses, organizations, and individuals and distributes them to folks throughout Minnesota. This business relationship will put hundreds of computers in the hands of those in need in 2009.
Founded in 1999, PCs for People’s mission is to create new opportunities for people who have limited experience with technology due to social, physical, or economic circumstances by providing them with personal computers and education. To receive a computer from PCs for People, a potential recipient must be below the 150 percent poverty level, have a disability or be enrolled in a government assistance program.
In addition to this arrangement the City of Minneapolis is working to bridge the digital divide in other ways including:
- Providing a wireless Internet network, built by USI Wireless, that will blanket the entire city.
- Establishing Wireless Community accounts for non-profits that provide computer access and training
- $400,000 in grants that have helped local organizations increase technology access and digital literacy to the communities they serve
- A "Civic Garden" that provides a free level of service for anyone who can receive the USI Wireless signal
The relationship with PCs for People began in May 2009 when Unisys, the company that manages the City's IT infrastructure, donated 47 computers to PCs for People.
Sept. 09, 2009
Published Sep 9, 2009