PCs for People Supports Digital Inclusion for Cleveland Families with Device Drive and $10,000 Contribution from AT&T

AT&T Blog Team
August 4, 2021
Community Impact

PCs for People Supports Digital Inclusion for Cleveland Families with Device Drive and $10,000 Contribution from AT&T

As part of AT&T’s recently announced nationwide commitment to help bridge the digital divide and homework gap, AT&T is contributing $10,000 to PCs for People, an organization focused on digital inclusion and connecting low-income households with low-cost computers. This contribution will enable PCs for People to continue building its staffing and capacity to reach Cleveland-area families in need.

PCs for People contributes to environmental sustainability by accepting computers in any condition before they reach landfills and refurbishing them for reuse. As Cleveland-area students prepare for the new school year, AT&T is joining with the Cuyahoga County Public Library to collect functioning and non-functioning computers, smartphones, tablets and some accessories. Items collected will be provided to PCs for People, then refurbished for distribution. The Digital Device Drive is part of AT&T’s ongoing Believe Cleveland℠ initiative, aimed at digital literacy and technology-based learning.

Items to be accepted for collection include laptops, desktop PCs (within last 5 years), tablets, smartphones, device chargers, keyboards, computer mice, and computer power supplies. The Digital Device Drive will begin on Friday, Aug. 6 and continue through Sunday, Aug. 22 at the following Cleveland-area locations:

Cuyahoga County Public Library branches:

  • Bay Village: 502 Cahoon Rd., 44140
  • Brecksville: 9089 Brecksville Rd., 44141
  • Chagrin Falls: 100 E. Orange St., 44022
  • Pepper Pike: 31975 Chagrin Blvd., 44124

AT&T retail stores:

  • Beachwood: 26300 Cedar Rd., 44122
  • Canton: 4912 Whipple Ave. NW, 44718
  • Cuyahoga Falls: 794 Howe Ave., 44221
  • Lyndhurst: 5076 Mayfield Rd., 44124
  • Macedonia: 463 East Aurora Rd., 44056
  • Mayfield Heights: 6294 Mayfield Rd., 44124
  • Mentor: 7701 Mentor Ave., 44060
  • North Canton: 6710 Strip Ave., 44720
  • North Olmsted: 26620 Lorain Rd., 44070
  • Parma: 7687 W. Ridgewood Dr., 44129
  • Solon: 33631 Aurora Rd., 44139
  • Stow: 4326 Kent Rd., 44224
  • Strongsville: 17970 Royalton Rd., 44136
  • Willoughby: 34808 Euclid Ave., 44094
  • Woodmere: 28101 Chagrin Blvd., 44122

“Our collaboration with AT&T and their Believe Cleveland℠ initiative has expanded our capacity to offer computer equipment and enhanced training and support,” said PCs for People Chief Innovation Officer Bryan Mauk. “Their support has a great impact and helps our work toward digital inclusion for everyone.”

“The devices that will be collected during this drive can provide a critical bridge across the digital divide,” said Cuyahoga County Public Library Executive Director Tracy Strobel. “I encourage residents throughout the county to bring the items they’re no longer using and help another person in need. We’re pleased to collaborate with AT&T to collect these materials that PCs for People can refurbish for others.”

“The new school year is about to begin, and this is a perfect time to help families in Parma and across Greater Cleveland make digital connections to education, health and work opportunities,” Parma Mayor Tim DeGeeter said. “I thank the Cuyahoga County Public Library system, AT&T, and PCs for People for collaborating to bridge the digital divide, and I’m pleased the AT&T store right here in Parma will be one of the collection locations.”

“Our company’s purpose is to create connection – with each other, with what people need to thrive in their everyday lives.”

Tony CostanzoExternal Affairs Director, AT&T Ohio

“Our company’s purpose is to create connection – with each other, with what people need to thrive in their everyday lives,” said AT&T Ohio External Affairs Director Tony Costanzo. “We’re pleased to work with PCs for People toward closing the digital divide and thank Clevelanders in advance for contributing tech that can be reused to help our neighbors.”

AT&T is committing more than $2 billion over the next 3 years to bridge the digital divide through affordable broadband offers for both consumers and education institutions, as well as high quality educational resources and community investment through AT&T Connected Learning, a program to connect students to skills, resources, and opportunities for success in school and in life.

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