Computer Reach: Looking Back At 2020

  2020 brought with it countless changes for individuals around the globe. As the deadly coronavirus began spreading across continents, with the first known cases of COVID-19 in the U.S.A. identified in the state of Washington in January 2020, change began sweeping the nation. Businesses and schools shuttered their doors, family members lost their jobs or experienced major shifts in their work, and seeing friends and family members outside of our household became a distant hope. Looking back, many months of 2020 were filled with uncertainty and fear. However, in those moments of uncertainty, we saw our local communities stepping up...

Understanding Linux: A Free Computer Operating System

If you have access to a laptop or computer, you have likely heard of the computer operating system Microsoft Windows. However, did you know that there is a free operating system for computers called Linux? Continue reading below to learn more! What is Linux? Linux is a free operating system for computers. For Computer Reach customers, Linux replaces Microsoft Windows with a lighter-weight operating system that looks similar but runs much quicker on the older computers we refurbish. Out in the world, companies use Linux to run servers, appliances, smartphones, and more because it is so customizable and...

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 Moves Its Warehouse to Wilkinsburg

In February 2020, Computer Reach started packing its bags to begin its journey to a new Warehouse location in the Wilkinsburg community of Pittsburgh. Thanks to a wonderful group of volunteers, Computer Reach was able to fully complete the move by February 29, with doors officially opening at the new location on March 1, 2020. Our organization is thankful for the 10 years we spent at our previous Warehouse in Construction Junction, sharing the space with great neighbors including the Pittsburgh Center for Creative Reuse, the Trade Institute of Pittsburgh, and others. Additionally, Computer Reach...

Computer Reach: Increasing Access, Affordability, and Digital Literacy

In the 21st century, technological skills and digital literacy aren't an option, they're a requirement. Accessing information, paying bills, even submitting job applications, schools and employers are actively transitioning from in-hand paperwork to online documents. Systems are becoming faster and more efficient, eliminating the worries of messy handwriting or lost files. However, with these transitions, something important is being left behind: the people.  Understanding the Divide As technology becomes increasingly available for purchase at stores and online, accessibility remains a major challenge for the individuals who really need it. With barriers such as cost, broadband access, digital literacy,...

Uber Volunteers at Computer Reach

  On October 21, 26 employees from Uber Advanced Technologies Group volunteered with Computer Reach, gifting 6 hours of their day to support our mission to bridge the digital divide. Computer Reach values and appreciates every volunteer, as their generosity strongly reinforces our mission to ensure computer literacy for all. A Day of Volunteering Celebrating the beginning of the day at 9 a.m., Computer Reach greeted the volunteers with coffee, donuts, and an overview of the work they would be doing over the next six hours. As Computer Reach regularly refurbishes, processes, stores, and ships technology, volunteers were tasked...

Uber Donates 286 Computers to Computer Reach

On May 16, 2019, Computer Reach received the first shipment of computers donated by Uber Advanced Technologies Group (Uber). In a letter from Uber Chief Executive Officer Dara Khosrowshahi, Khosrowshahi states that Uber was born out of a "watershed moment" in technology, working with the commitment to "provide everyone on its global platform with access to move ahead." Well-known for its transportation services, Uber has expanded over the past few years, now providing ride-share and carpooling; food delivery and freight; and other services while testing innovative products such as their automated vehicles.

Pittsburgh Cares and the Pirates – Tickets at Computer Reach

Computer Reach has been once again selected by Pittsburgh Cares and the Pirates organization to participate in the 2018 Pirates + Pittsburgh Cares Volunteer All-Stars program. This program offers a selected organization the opportunity to offer volunteers that accept volunteer opportunities offered by an organization such as yours a pair of tickets to a local Pirate's game. It's a great opportunity for you and Computer Reach to offer volunteers an incentive when accepting opportunities through the end of the Pirate's 2018 season. Qualifying volunteer opportunities must be submitted by Pittsburgh...