Our Impact: April 2021

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. Roughly...

Win a Free Computer in Pittsburgh

  The COVID-19 pandemic has hit families and communities hard. During these past months, many students, families, and professionals have struggled to work, learn, and access services remotely due to a lack of internet or a home computer. Recognizing this need, Computer Reach is excited to announce the official launch of our Computer Lottery Program. How Does the Lottery Program Work? Due to the high demand for computers during the COVID-19 pandemic, Computer Reach is launching our new Computer Lottery Program. Each week up to sixteen people in the Pittsburgh area will be selected to win a free desktop computer...

Computer Reach Named “Environmental Champion in Action” by Citizens Bank

On July 15, Computer Reach was awarded a $35,000 grant of unrestricted funds and named as an "Environmental Champion in Action" by Citizens Bank Market President and Retail Director Mark Rendulic. Computer Reach is honored to have received this title and grant and we look forward to continuing our work with Citizens Bank to better serve our communities. Champions in Action  Launched by Citizens Bank, the Champions in Action program seeks to address the social challenges their communities face by reinforcing the work of local nonprofit organizations. Since 2002, the program has awarded more than $9 million...

Computer Reach Launches Curbside Pickup Option

Due to the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in Pennsylvania, local businesses, libraries, and community centers have closed their doors or limited their services to the public at this time. Because of this, families who would typically visit those locations to access a computer and the internet have been left with limited or no access to digital services during the pandemic. To help get these families connected, Computer Reach is officially launching a "Curbside Pickup" option for community members to purchase affordable technologies in person at the Computer Reach Warehouse in Pittsburgh. In addition to...

Computer Reach Establishes Computer Take Out Program

Although the digital divide has been present in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania for decades, the need for computers has never been greater as local families struggle to access devices and the internet during the COVID-19 pandemic. Prior to the pandemic, students, families, and individuals without access to a home device visited libraries, schools, and physical workspaces to complete their homework, pay their bills, and apply for critical services such as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). Due to the spread of COVID-19, locations like these have closed to reduce the spread of the virus and maintain the health and safety...

Beyond The Laptops Seeks to Connect Families to Tech

Due to the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) in Southwestern Pennsylvania, countless schools have shut their doors and have transitioned to online learning. However, Pittsburgh Public Schools (PPS) isn't able to make that transition as more than 7,000 students in the school district do not have access to a computer at home. To combat this digital divide, Pittsburgh Public Schools partnered with Neighborhood Allies, the University of Pittsburgh, Google, and a larger coalition of businesses and organizations, including Computer Reach, on an initiative called "Beyond The Laptops" to acquire, refurbish, and distribute 7,000 laptops to local families...

EduNations Receives 15 Laptops to Support Sierra Leone Schools

EduNations Founded in 2004, EduNations' mission is to connect resources from affluent societies with "the needs of the most under-resourced, rural regions in Sierra Leone, West Africa to provide education, opportunity, and hope." With this, the organization creates schools in Sierra Leone that become self-supporting beacons of growth and learning. EduNations has 15 schools in six different communities, with over 100 teachers and staff serving roughly 3,000 students. These schools also function as centers for community development, offering clean water, health education, AIDS prevention, adult education, future vocational training, and more. EduNations is a recognized non-government organization (NGO) in Sierra...

Three Schools in Peru Receive Spanish Mac Mini Computer Bundles

From June 17 through June 21st, Computer Reach Executive Director Dave Sevick and a team of others had the pleasure of visiting the Cusco region of Peru to provide computers to schools that focus on serving underserved children. This volunteer opportunity was designed by Mama Pacha Explorations, a U.S.-based tour operator headquartered in Boardman, Ohio. In Peru, many individuals are affected by the digital divide. Mama Pacha Explorations reported out that only 45 percent of Peruvians use the internet. However, these percentages vary depending on location as well, with 54 percent of individuals...

Techie Camps Empower Trinity Area Students To Take On Tech

In Washington County, students from the Trinity North, South, and West elementary schools took on tech by participating in Techie Camps hosted through a partnership between the EQT Corporation (EQT) and Computer Reach. With a lot of their work happening in Washington County, EQT wanted to give back to the community. To do this, EQT supplied grant funding for a project aimed at addressing the digital divide. Selecting three elementary schools in Washington County—Trinity North, South, and West—EQT and Computer Reach continued their work on the project, bringing Computer Reach's technical skills, knowledge,...