40 Computer Bundles and Hotspots Distributed to Pittsburgh Residents

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...

Our NPR Interview with David Freudberg and Humankind Media

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

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...

Join Us as a Volunteer Coordinator

Computer Reach is looking for a Coro Public Ally AmeriCorps member to serve as a Volunteer Coordinator. Volunteer Coordinator As a Public Ally with Computer Reach, you will enhance existing volunteer programs, manage and train volunteers, and create methods to increase volunteer opportunities with the organization. In other words, you will help revamp and improve the volunteer experience at Computer Reach. Requirements To be eligible for these positions, applicants must: be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident, and have a High School Diploma or equivalent. Compensation Individuals in this position will receive: a $1,700/month stipend (taxable), healthcare (other benefits available), and $6,345 towards education upon...

Computer Reach Signs Responsible Recycling Partner

In April, Computer Reach and Infinite Electronics Recycling (IER) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) that names IER as our official responsible recycling partnering agency. About the Partnership For the past two years, Infinite Electronics Recycling (IER) served as Computer Reach’s go-to downstream recycling agency. Roughly once per month, we load an IER truck with thousands of pounds of technology to be responsibly recycled. IER provides us with an exact total weight and compensates Computer Reach based on how much weight is being recycled. After developing a strong, positive relationship with the agency, we decided to sign a Memorandum...

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...

iPads Distributed to Students Receiving Special Education Services

  Student Learning During the COVID-19 Pandemic In a recent report, Common Sense Media stated that 50 million K-12 public school students had to transition to remote learning in 2020. However, of those students, roughly 30 percent lack adequate internet or devices to effectively learn from home. That's roughly 15 to 16 million students. In addition to its effects on the general student population, the COVID-19 pandemic has negatively impacted the education of students receiving special education services in a substantial way. Due to school shutdowns and restricted operations, many special education students have been left without the support and services...

Bentworth and McGuffey COVID Relief for Elementary Schools

The COVID-19 pandemic has forced many elementary students into online learning from home. However, during the pandemic, not all families have had access to an at-home computer and broadband internet. Recognizing this need, Computer Reach partnered with The EQT Foundation, Crown Castle, and Leech Tishman Fuscaldo Lampl to distribute laptops and Wi-Fi hotspots to families. Distribution Details The devices were distributed to elementary school students in the Bentworth and McGuffey School Districts. During the distribution, all families were required to wear masks and remain in their cars at all times. All costs for the laptops, WiFi...

“Pack the Bus” Event Collecting Laptops for Students

Are you interested in helping us close the digital divide in Pittsburgh? Join Computer Reach, The Education Partnership, and the Bus Stops Here Foundation on August 15 for our one-day Connecting Kids "Pack the Bus" event! The event will feature giveaways, free snacks, live music, and more! Event Details Date: Saturday, August 15, 2020 (Save the Date) Time: 12:00 - 4:00 p.m. Location: Heinz Field - Stage AE Parking Lot (W. General Robinson St., Pittsburgh, PA 15212) Donation Details At this event, community members can donate new/used laptops and tablets and can make a financial contribution to help...

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...