Southwestern Pennsylvania (SWPA) Connected is collecting community input on internet access and experiences in Southwestern Pennsylvania. Take the survey to help inform the future of internet connectivity!
The SWPA Connected Initiative is asking community members to take a brief survey online or by phone to provide information about their current internet access and experience. Survey questions will include: information about internet connection types,
how the internet is used, and
satisfaction of services. The survey is targeted to only gather information from residents, community members, and businesses residing in the SPC 10-county region of Allegheny, Armstrong, Beaver, Butler, Fayette, Greene, Indiana,...
Our Work with A+ Schools
In October, A+ Schools received 30 Windows Laptops from Computer Reach to distribute to students in need at Perry Traditional Academy School. These computers will help ensure that all students have a productive, successful school experience while completing online classes. Perry Traditional Academy School (also known as Pittsburgh Perry High School) is a high school in the Perry North neighborhood of Pittsburgh.
To learn more the services Computer Reach provides, visit our About, Get Computers, Digital Literacy, or Digital Navigator pages. To ask a question, contact us at 412-444-8816...
In October, we offered digital literacy certification assessments to students and instructors at the Manchester Bidwell Training Center in Pittsburgh. Continue reading to learn more.
Increasing Digital Literacy
We challenged students at the Manchester Bidwell Training Center to pass 4 NorthStar tests offered through our classes. By passing, each student would earn a free NorthStar Certificate that recognizes their proficiency in the tested digital literacy skills. Over a week-long testing period, nearly 40 students and instructors passed all 4 modules! Digital Literacy classes will be offered in January 2022 for those who did not pass to teach them the required...
We're working with Vintage Senior Center to get older adults in Pittsburgh digitally connected!
Our Work with Vintage Senior Center
In October, Computer Reach began distributing desktop computer bundles and internet hotspots to individuals in need of technology identified by Vintage Senior Center. Located on N. Highland Avenue in Pittsburgh, the Center seeks to "improve and influence the experience of aging in their community" by supporting older adults in their work to: stay active and healthy,
and make new friends. These goals align perfectly with the possibilities that technology brings to unconnected older adults, making the Center...
If you believe that every person deserves access to the technology they need to succeed in the 21st century, GivingTuesday is the perfect time for you to support local efforts to make that belief a reality. This November, will you support our work to bridge the digital divide?
Give Big Pittsburgh
Date: November 30, 2021
Time: 12:00 a.m. - 11:59 p.m.
Location: www.givebigpittsburgh.com How You Can Participate
As you know, access to technology in our digital world isn't a luxury, it's a necessity. That's why Computer Reach refurbishes computers and gets them into the hands of people who need...
Over the past year, Computer Reach provided free desktop computer bundles to 432 people in the Greater Pittsburgh Area. Now, we are looking to fill our waitlist to reach more people in need of a computer.
Computer Lottery Program
If you need a desktop computer, the Computer Lottery Program may be right for you! Though this program, Computer Reach distributes free desktop computer bundles to selected individuals each week. Each bundle includes: one desktop computer,
one computer monitor,
one mouse, and
all necessary cords to operate the machines. All bundles are distributed at no cost to the recipient. Distributions will...
Our Online Tech Store
We are opening an online tech store in 2022! Through this addition, people will be able to purchase digital devices directly from our website. Free nationwide shipping will also be available which will allow us to provide tech access to those in need at a rate that is affordable to them. This store will expand our reach exponentially. Our goal is to increase access to affordable technologies by eliminating transportation barriers experienced by people living inside and outside of the Pittsburgh area. More information will be shared as the store continues to develop.
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About the Distribution
In September, Computer Reach distributed 25 laptops to the Schenley Heights Community Development Program (SHCDP). These devices will be distributed to local Pittsburgh Public Schools (PPS) students who do not have access to a reliable computer to complete their schoolwork. SHCDP provides after-school services to students in the Pittsburgh area and has recently endeavored in providing food to the families of the students they serve (primarily families in the Hill District). Recognizing that not all PPS students receive adequate devices to complete schoolwork, SHCDP will be distributing fully-functioning laptops to students so they are able to succeed...
After waiting nearly 18 months due to the COVID-19 pandemic, our in-person Digital Literacy Classes are back in session!
Digital Literacy Classes
Starting October 2021, Computer Reach will begin teaching Digital Literacy Classes with the Senior Companion Program at the Allegheny County Department of Human Services. We look forward to offering these services once again because we know that devices are useless if the people using them are not digitally literate. By providing a baseline of computer skills, including skills related to internet safety and emailing, we work to ensure that all participants are able to effectively operate their digital...