Can you imagine quarantining without a computer? For too many families, not having a home computer is a harsh reality. "Roughly one in five teens reported having difficulty doing their homework because of a lack of access to computers and the internet," and "ten million students need computers and internet access now."
With the COVID-19 Pandemic causing school closures, thousands of students (K-12 and university level) are trying to complete their education from home, many without access to a computer. Computers 2 Kids (C2K) aims to alleviate this digital divide by placing refurbished computers in the homes of families in need.
How do we work:
1. We take lightly used computers from organizations and individuals.
2. We completely wipe out any personal data, reset the computer to original settings, and install various useful software (including Microsoft Office Suites).
3. We match these working computers to families in need who have applied to our organization.
To date, we have placed over 112,000 computers, helping over 430,000 individuals!
Due to COVID-19, the need for a home computer is more important than ever. Since the school closures on March 16th, we've received more than 7,200 applications from families seeking computers, and that number continues to rise each day! It has become clear that our world will not return to normal for some time, and we need your donations to help expedite the distribution of computers to those in need.
What will the money be used for?
1. Hiring new IT Technicians to process more computers faster.
2. Hiring more operations specialists to facilitate the inbound applications.
3. Equipping staff with protective gear as they work through processing the computers and distributing the computers.
4. Supplement the costs of the technology given to the families.
We appreciate any help you can give! We know this is trying time for many, and the options for providing donations are vast. Our goal is to minimize the educational disruption to the most vulnerable. Thank you in advance!
Source - Fast Company