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...
Celebrating Crossroads Scholar Bryce Matthews Crossroads and Computer Reach have been very close partners for years. Our partnership gives high school students the opportunity to explore the field of computer science through the lens of nonprofits. One example of this has been current Crossroads Scholar Bryce Matthews.
A rising senior at Central Catholic High School, Bryce has participated in Computer Reach’s summer camps in the past, and this summer he returned to Computer Reach to spend some time working under the wing of Computer Reach’s Technology Manager, David Mitchell, all while getting paid through the Crossroads...
Computer Reach is searching for a Director of Development. The Director of Development reports directly to the Executive Director and, through him, to the Board of Directors. This will be a full time position with benefits. The expected salary range is $50,000-$60,000 annually, based on experience. This is a new position and an opportunity to build and grow the fundraising program. Computer Reach is a 20-year-old organization that has evolved to where it requires a professional fundraiser to take it to the next stage of growth.
Primary Roles and Responsibilities In consultation with the Executive Director and appropriate board committees, develop the...
Official Launch of Digital Navigator Service Model
In June, Computer Reach launched 2 projects where we visited the homes of our end-users to complete one-on-one 1-hour computer setup sessions. Each session included: the setup of a desktop computer bundle and external webcam,
the setup up a hotspot to provide internet access,
basic training on passwords, internet safety, and email, and
time for end-users to ask questions. We also offer back-end technical support. If an issue is not resolved via phone, we send out a Digital Navigator to assist the end-user in person.
Do end-users have to pay for these services?
No. Computer Reach...
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...
Does your school or library need computers, hotspots, broadband internet, or other digital devices? The Emergency Connectivity Fund can help.
What is the Emergency Connectivity Fund?
The FCC's Emergency Connectivity Fund (ECF) is a $7.17 billion program that will help schools and libraries provide the tools and services their communities need for remote learning during the COVID-19 emergency period. The fund will help provide relief to millions of students, school staff, and library patrons and help close the Homework Gap for students who currently lack the internet access or devices they need to connect to online classrooms or content. The Emergency...
See last month's highlights from Computer Reach.
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!...
BIG NEWS! Computer Reach successfully provided a free desktop computer bundle to every eligible person on our Computer Lottery Program waitlist. We distributed roughly 365 bundles to local residents over an 8-month timeframe.
Computer Lottery Program
Computer Reach launched its Computer Lottery program in August 2020 as a means to get free Desktop Computer Bundles into the hands of the people who needed them most. Over a period of eight months, 365 people in the Greater Pittsburgh Area entered to win a bundle and received one. While we are proud to have gotten those individuals connected, we know that many more...
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...