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...
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...
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!...
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.
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...
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...
Seniors Struggling to Get Socially Connected
Since March 2020, older adults have had to limit all of their interactions with the outside world. Instead of enjoying conversations with their neighbors and strolling through grocery markets, many individuals have been stuck inside by themselves ordering groceries for delivery. Even the most basic interactions are now off-limits, and it's taking an emotional toll. Recognizing this need, Computer Reach was planning to launch a North Hills Community Outreach Project in April to get 13 socially-isolated seniors connected to the internet as a method to increase their opportunities for social connection. However, due...
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.
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...
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...