History

Computer Reach – Highlights of 15 Years of Service

Computer Reach 6.0 – The East End Years

2015

2,972 Computers refurbished

10,114 Cumulative total computers refurbished

Volunteer operation site: Construction Junction, Point Breeze

Highlights of 2015

With the help of Holy Cross Greek Orthodox Church in Mount Lebanon, PA we served Aguacate Medical/Dental Clinic in Guatemala with our first Apple iOS devices … an  iPhone 4 and a first generation iPad, donated by individuals from Western Pennsylvania. We began multiple projects with Global Links, a local partner in medical surplus (and partner in Guatemala) for joint medical and technology shipments around the world. We served the elderly in the Presbyterian Senior Care, Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Senior Care, and Southwest PA  Area Agency on Aging. Now in 29 countries, we reached new sites in South Sudan, Cuba and China

2014

1,412 Computers refurbished

7,142 Cumulative total computers refurbished

Volunteer operation site: Construction Junction, Point Breeze

Highlights of 2014

We serve 6 child care centers under the PNC Bank Grow Up Great  program and the Pittsburgh Association for the Education of Young Children (PAEYC). We also serve the Bhutanese refugee community in Pittsburgh with computers to teach English as a second language.  These computers were provided by a grant courtesy of the Fisher Fund of The Pittsburgh Foundation. We are now partnered with the Tarentum and Pittsburgh campuses of ITT Technical Institute.

Computer Reach 5.0 – The Point Breeze Transition Years

2013

1,189 Computers refurbished

5,730 Cumulative total computers refurbished

Volunteer operation sites:
Goodwill of Southwestern PA, South Side; Construction Junction, Point Breeze

Highlights of 2013

Our formal name was updated to “Computer Reach” (two words) and the company logo was also updated. We calculated our cumulative community impact over 13 years: a grand total of 824 volunteers had refurbished over 5,700 computers. We had served in 14 countries around the world and seven states in the US, while local Pittsburgh area neighborhoods received 85% of our computer outreach.

2012

1,379 Computers refurbished

4,541 Cumulative total computers refurbished

Volunteer operation sites:
Goodwill of Southwestern PA, South Side; Construction Junction, Point Breeze

Highlights of 2012

To significantly expand our reach, we began recycling PCs with the Ubuntu Linux free education software called Edubuntu.  Our expansion effort was facilitated by Western PA Linux Users Group and Google Pittsburgh.  

2011

275 Computers refurbished

3,162 Cumulative total computers refurbished

Volunteer operation sites:
Goodwill of Southwestern PA, South Side;
Construction Junction, Point Breeze

Highlights of 2011

After-School programs for children ages 5-18 in the Beverly Jewel Wall Lovelace Children’s Program took 6 month to develop. We delivered 105 computers to 13 sites across the City of Pittsburgh and Western PA.  We also partnered with Council of Three Rivers American Indian Center Inc. for service to the urban American Indian population in Pittsburgh. Buckner International in Texas and Northway Church in Wexford helped us break ground for computer programs in Mexico and Peru.

Computer Reach 4.1 – The South Side Years

2010

669 Computers refurbished

2,887 Cumulative total computers refurbished

Volunteer operation site:
Goodwill of Southwestern PA, South Side

Highlights of 2010

We formalized what had become a large-scale operation by adopting the name “Computereach” and obtained our charitable Federal 501c3 designation and Pennsylvania Bureau of Charities registration.

2009

566 Computers refurbished

2,218 Cumulative total computers refurbished

Volunteer operation site:
Goodwill of Southwestern PA, South Side

Highlights of 2009

Our volunteers began purchasing a high volume of computers off the shelves at Goodwill industries at wholesale prices.  These were refurbished  for missions in Western Pennsylvania and around the world.

Computer Reach 4.0 – The Lawrenceville Years

2008

689 Computers refurbished

1,652 Cumulative total computers refurbished

Volunteer operation site:
Goodwill of Southwestern PA, Lawrenceville

Highlights of 2008

Through partnerships with InnerChangeWORKS and Jet Blue Airlines flight attendants, we shipped computers to El Salvador. In a broader outreach, we shipped to Villa El Carmen, Nicaragua to support schools near the southern Pacific Coast. We also worked closely with the Methodist Church and entrpreneurs at Simply Christian to provide computers to homes in need.

2007

595 Computers refurbished

963 Cumulative total computers refurbished

Volunteer operation site:
Goodwill of Southwestern PA, Lawrenceville

Highlights of 2007

We found more working space at Goodwill of Southwestern PA in the Lawrenceville neighborhood of Pittsburgh and developed what became an ideal partnership. A growing number of volunteers continued to meet once a week, finding a treasure trove of donated computers within Goodwill’s vast warehouse. The team refurbished these computers into working condition and placed them on Goodwill’s shelves to be sold back to the community at a reasonable cost.

Computer Reach 3.0 – The Ambridge Years

2006

93 Computers refurbished

368 Cumulative total computers refurbished

Volunteer operation site:
The Center for Hope, Ambridge, PA

Highlights of 2006

Hurricane Katrina devastated Louisiana, Texas and Mississippi in 2005.  We had several Apple User Group partners in the region and a close relationship with UMCOR “United Methodist Committee On Relief”.  Utilizing the multiple truck shipments of disaster goods from Pittsburgh to the Gulf states as our mode of delivery, we packed refurbished computers next to “flood buckets” for low cost distribution to our colleagues still suffering a year after the storms and floods.  Several UMCOR sites partnered with us to provide logistics. 

2005

91 Computers refurbished

275 Cumulative total computers refurbished

Volunteer operation site:
The Center for Hope, Ambridge, PA

Highlights of 2005

Growth at the Center For Hope expanded to multiple classrooms. We installed 85 computer stations across the entire facility with volunteer help. We also installed WiFi in the school as a clinic for young IT professionals so they could learn how to integrate LAN and WLAN infrastructure. We installed donated Apple and PC computers so the new network could be utilized for job training and community-based technology classes for Beaver Valley residents.

2004

113 Computers refurbished

184 Cumulative total computers refurbished

Volunteer operation site:
The Center for Hope in Ambridge, PA

Highlights of 2004

We moved our base of operations to the Center for Hope in the Beaver Valley, where we found high unemployment and meager technological resources. We built a MAC and PC training center with 85 workstations to teach computer job skills to the young and old. We provided over 300 computers to the Beaver Valley community.

Computer Reach 2.0 – The Butler Years

2003

32 Computers refurbished

71 Cumulative total computers refurbished

Volunteer operation site:
Lighthouse Christian Foundation

Highlights of 2003

We were invited to use two rooms at the Lighthouse Christian Foundation to receive and refurbish used computers. Our Apple operations expanded as more and more schools all over Western Pennsylvania donated to our cause.

Computer Reach 1.0 – The Garage Years

2002

27 Computers refurbished

39 Cumulative total computers refurbished

Volunteer operation sites:
Apple user group members’ garages

Highlights of 2002

Our garages were overflowing with donated computers once local schools got word of our operations.  The search for a steady venue intensified.  Apple User Group meetings doubled in attendance with people interested in getting their computers repaired and/or donating them to our volunteer cause. Several Apple consultants and Apple employees attended our meetings in the North Hills and Monroeville to become partners in our Apple recycling efforts.

2001

12 Computers refurbished

12 Cumulative total computers refurbished

Volunteer operation sites:
Apple user group members’ garages

Highlights of 2001

“Computer Reach” as it would be named in later years, actually began in the homes ( especially the garages ) of two Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Apple Computer enthusiasts (Bob Donaldson and Dave Sevick) ….  working with a team of 8-10 volunteer computer techs, engineers, and teachers. Bob and Dave donated the spaces in their garages to store computers under repair between North Pittsburgh Macintosh User Group (NPMUG) meetings.  Volunteers refurbished used Apple computers donated from local schools and in order to get them into the hands of underserved communities. They travelled weekly to urban and rural food banks around Western Pennsylvania, seeking out people in need of technology. This effort also proved to be satisfying stewardship toward keeping secondhand computers alive and useful, and out of landfills. Computer Reach was born.

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