Computer Reach completed 2 Digital Navigator projects in July, which distributed 40 computer bundles and 40 hotspots to local Pittsburgh residents and offered 1:1 in-person setup support and digital literacy training.
What is the Digital Navigators program?
Computer Reach's Digital Navigators program provides recipients with: a free desktop computer bundle (including an external webcam),
a free hotspot,
1:1 in-person setup support and digital literacy training,
and follow-up tech support over the phone or in-person as needed. All services are provided at no cost to the recipients. To learn more, read our news post or a testimonial from...
In July, Computer Reach had David Freudberg of Humankind Media come down to Pittsburgh to talk to one of our Digital Navigator recipients, Melvin Lewis. After hearing about our Digital Navigator program, Melvin wanted to hear firsthand from one of our recipients about the services we provided. The NPR story will be broadcast live nationally in September 2021.
Quotes from the Interview
Here are some quotes from Melvin about his experience with Computer Reach: "When you guys came to install and show me how to use the computer and internet, I couldn’t believe it. I felt so...
Our eBay Store is Online
Computer Reach is now selling items on our eBay page, including refurbished mobile devices, networking equipment (switches, access points, etc.), and high-end computers that are too expensive to sell locally. Devices will be distributed across the United States.
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Computers for Sale
Need a computer? We have affordable computers ($75 - $260) for sale in Pittsburgh! Current devices include 3 Apple MacBooks, 1 HP G71 Notebook, 1 Lenovo ThinkPad Yoga 11e, and...
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Our Computer Retail Store Computer Reach is proud to announce that our revamped Retail Store will open to the public on July 4, 2021 (tentative)! The grand opening will include a limited-time sale on tech. More details coming soon. To ensure the safety of our staff and the communities we serve, we will continue to monitor COVID-19 safety recommendations. All Computer Reach staff members are fully vaccinated. In-Person Volunteering In-person volunteering at Computer Reach will resume on Fridays starting June 11, 2021. No experience required!...
Approximately 22% of households¹ in Allegheny County don't have a desktop or laptop computer at home. We're looking to get them connected, and we need your help.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Computer Reach temporarily suspended our in-person volunteering opportunities. However, with the percentage of vaccinated people in Allegheny County rising and case numbers dropping, in-person volunteering will resume on Fridays starting June 11, 2021. All volunteer opportunities will be hosted at the Computer Reach Warehouse (1 DRV Dr, Pittsburgh, PA 15221).
What to Expect
Volunteers evaluate donated computers, refurbish computers that we are able to repair, and responsibly...
Computer Lottery Program Over 6 months, Computer Reach distributed over 300 Free Computer Bundles to individuals in the Greater Pittsburgh Area. In April alone, we distributed 60 Free Computer Bundles.
We will continue to offer this program until all individuals on our waitlist have been served. Only 50 people are left on our list. If you know someone who needs a free computer, encourage them to sign up. Partnership with Infinite Electronics Recycling Computer Reach and Infinite Electronics Recycling (IER) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) that names IER as our official responsible recycling partner agency.
The EQT Foundation awarded Computer Reach a $22,500 grant to renew 100 WiFi hotspots that were deployed into the homes of Washington County families last year. Thanks to the grant, families will receive internet at no cost for 12 additional months.
About the Hotspot Distribution
In October, Computer Reach partnered with The EQT Foundation, Crown Castle, and Leech Tishman Fuscaldo Lampl to distribute laptops and Wi-Fi hotspots to families with elementary school students in the Bentworth and McGuffey School Districts. All tech was provided at no cost to the families. In addition to the tech, families received one...
Age-Friendly Technology Guide Computer Reach published its first Age-Friendly Technology Guide. It features a list of affordable internet and technology options, technical support services, and technology training locations. Distributions Computer Reach distributed 25 laptops to Urban Strategies Inc. Their office in Pittsburgh serves the Larimer, East Liberty, and Homewood communities. They have identified 25 individuals who will greatly benefit from having access to technology.
Computer Reach distributed 1 Hotspot to a Spanish-speaking individual who was identified by the Latino Community Center. Our Operations Manager Kyle Spangler delivered the Hotspot...
New Sales Floor Computer Reach installed new marketing materials on our Warehouse Sales Floor. This was done in preparation for the opening of our Retail Store that will allow us to get affordable computers into the hands of local Pittsburgh residents. More information will be coming soon! Distributions Computer Reach distributed five laptops to Urban Strategies Inc. in Columbus, Ohio to assist with their virtual programming. 25 additional laptops will be distributed to their location in Pittsburgh to reinforce their ability to distribute computers to the individuals they support.
Computer Reach distributed four...
Distributions Computer Reach distributed 24 Windows OS Laptops to the Fayette County Community Action Agency, a nonprofit based in Fayette County. These laptops will be distributed to community members they work with to provide access to online programming.
We distributed 10 Laptops to Jewish Family Center and Community Services (JFCS) Pittsburgh to reinforce their virtual programming. Donations In January, we received a generous computer donation from PPG that included 25 Small Form Factor Desktops and 4 Laptops. The Laptops will be distributed to ASSET, an organization that works...