“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...

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...

ComputeReach Receives the 'Community Champion Award'

Last night we attended the 17th Annual Child Abuse Prevention Month Awards and Appreciation Benefit, and were honored to receive the 'Community Champion Award!' Here are some pictures of the award: And some of our information, featured in the event's pamphlet: When the goal for the day is getting enough food for the children in your care, the possibility of a computer purchase becomes distant or impossible. Years go by, children continue to fall behind in learning how to use computers in their...

Computers Donated in Braddock

On a rainy day earlier this week, our Computer Reach team and Heritage Community Initiatives in Braddock, PA teamed up to deliver 10 Apple G4 eMac computers to 50 students in the H.O.S.T. program. H.O.S.T. is a before and after-school program for 5-15 year old students. Thanks to CEO Michele Atkins and teacher/coordinator Jodi Kelley for preparing for this big day at their center, located in the Good Shepherd Catholic School, Braddock, PA. We're going to deliver another computer to the 4Kids program in a few days. Watch our video below and meet Heritage CEO...

The Street Academy in Accra, Ghana: Part 1

We recently had the privilege of helping an academy in Ghana get up-to-date with some new laptops. Here's the story: Background The Street Academy (www.thestreetacademy.webs.com) received 5 Linux Edubuntu laptops from ComputeReach and its partners at the very end of March 2012. This was possible thanks to the generous donation of our laptop sponsor, Mike Gable, as well as the hard work of the volunteers who refurbished the laptops. They were transported into Ghana from the US by way of carry-on luggage. The Street Academy uses education, culture, and sports to expose the hidden talents of children living on the streets...

ComputeReach in India

This is a picture of ComputeReach giving computers to our staff at an orphanage in Churachandpur, Manipur, India. It's in the northeast corner of India, east of Bangladesh and just west of Myanmar. From left to right is Don Vice from Lafayette, IN; Leslie Swensen of Churchill, PA; R. Sang, from India; R. Ruata, the superintendent of the orphanage; and Englian Valte, the supervisor of the children. Thanks to all the hardworking volunteers and our partners in India for making this project such a...

ComputeReach Honored as Jefferson Award Finalist

On April 19th, ComputeReach had the honor of being a finalist for the 2012 Jefferson Awards for Public Service. The six finalists were presented during the ceremony, and the winner became Pittsburgh's nominee for the national Jacqueline Kennedy Onasis award. Here's some more information about the award: In 1972, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, Senator Robert Taft Jr., and Sam Beard founded the American Institute for Public Service to establish a "Nobel Prize" for public and community service. The mission of the Jefferson Awards is to honor Americans who perform outstanding public service and inspire others to follow their example. The Jefferson Awards are...

Bedford Dwellings BJWL Gets a Mac OS9 Update

Last Saturday, we rallied a team of three volunteers to refresh the OS9 iMac lab of eleven computers in the Hill District section of Pittsburgh. For the last month we've been slowly making our way back to the few BJWL sites that do not have Mac OS X or Edubuntu Linux installed, but rather a 2002 version of the Classic Mac OS 9.2.2. This was a great operating system, but it's outdated for today's use and not suitable for the web. However, the old operating system was great for younger children and robust enough to run WikiPedia for Kids completely...