PCs for People continues to get technology devices into the hands of people who need them during the pandemic, thanks in part to a $75,000 contribution from AT&T.
The funding for PCs for People is part of AT&T’s ongoing Believe Cleveland℠ initiative, which is aimed at digital literacy and helping residents enhance their computer and internet skills.
“COVID-19 has resulted in many technology challenges for our residents, particularly if you’ve been trying to get a job, or working and learning from home,” said Cleveland City Councilman Charles Slife. “It’s great to see that PCs for People continues to bring innovative solutions to remove the barriers that the pandemic has wrought. And even better that AT&T is supporting them in their efforts.”
PCs for People has experienced a significant increased demand for computer devices due to COVID-19 and related school closures. The nonprofit utilized its funds from AT&T to build its staffing and capacity so it could reach out to various communities and distribute computers needed for individuals, families and students affected by the pandemic.
"Having AT&T's support through their Believe Cleveland initiative has been fantastic for us," said PCs for People Executive Director Bryan Mauk. "Our collaboration with AT&T has expanded our capacity to reach out to individuals who are being left behind by the digital divide, enabling us to offer computer equipment, internet access and enhanced training and support.
“Their support has a great impact on computer literacy in the communities we serve, which helps our work toward digital inclusion for everyone. During these challenging times impacted by COVID, what AT&T is doing through this program is truly life-changing," Mauk added.
PCs for People provides technology and services to residents in Cleveland, Toledo, Akron and Youngstown who are below the 200% poverty level or currently enrolled in an income-based government assistance program.
“We’re glad to be able to continue the Believe Cleveland momentum in the new year.”Tony Costanzo — Director of External Affairs, AT&T Ohio
“One of our company’s core values is to be there when you need us, and collaborating with a great organization like PCs for People certainly embodies that value,” said AT&T Ohio Director of External Affairs Tony Costanzo. “We’re glad to be able to continue the Believe Cleveland momentum in the new year.”
Believe Cleveland ℠ is an extension of AT&T Believes℠, a larger company-wide initiative, which aims to create positive change in local communities. To learn more about AT&T Believes initiatives across the country, please click here.