Help us deliver a lifeline during this historic humanitarian crisis.
In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, every sector of society has experienced tremendous stressors, with those populations that were already vulnerable experiencing the worst impacts. Even the most mundane aspects of daily life have become challenging, and sometimes deadly. But nowhere is this more evident than in those communities struggling with the many consequences of economic insecurity. Social distancing and other policies implemented to help slow the spread of this disease have quite literally left millions of our fellow Americans stranded on the other side of an ever-widening and increasingly damaging digital divide. Without so much as a tablet, laptop or desktop computer, entire communities have been cut off from education, employment, access to life-sustaining information, resources and critical social connections.
Now, more than ever, these devices are not a luxury -- They are a LIFELINE.
As a response to this urgent need, we recently launched our new program:
No Computer Left Behind is helping those left behind by utilizing our successful model built on collecting and distributing previously used but still useful, readily available, much needed resources. We are accepting donations of operational tablets, laptop and desktop computers.
These devices can be rapidly distributed at no cost to those most in need, like our first recipient, Erin, a young single mother who needed to use her laptop to stay employed by working remotely. But this meant her two young children had nothing with which to connect to their classmates and participate in remote education. We were able to deliver a donated iPad to her twins in just a few short days after receiving her request. This not only allowed her kids to pursue remote learning and activities, but kept them occupied so Erin could work.
We recently fulfilled a request from Dorothy, a widow whose husband passed away just before the COVID outbreak. With no family living nearby, Dorothy had been utterly cut off from her children and grandchildren, and was struggling with increasing anxiety and depression until we sent her a Dell laptop.
Then there’s Kaylie, a 4th grader who was unable to keep up with her schoolwork until we delivered a Macbook laptop to her last week. Kaylie’s younger sister has autism and trouble communicating verbally. We delivered an iPad to her, and their father told us it has made a huge difference.
There are plenty of folks who are fortunate enough to have multiple devices in their home or office that are no longer in use. Thanks to their generosity, we will have a robust inventory of items that can become the lifeline that connects a new owner to opportunities and resources that could quite literally help them to survive and hopefully flourish.
While we are committed to distributing these devices free of charge to recipients, there is still a cost to our organization. As part of our process, all devices we accept will have been securely wiped of all data from the previous owner. This means that every PC, or non-Apple device, will require the installation of a new operating system. Some computers might also require a new battery or power cord. And we don’t want to send a device to a home without the internet, so we are hoping to fund 3-6 months of basic service for those who don’t have it.
And that's why we need YOUR help!
New Windows software costs $139. New batteries can be anywhere from $25 to $125, and sometimes more. Internet service is at least $39/month. In the scheme of things, these are small financial costs that will enable us to deliver priceless technology.
But as a small nonprofit, we simply don’t have the funds to do this without YOU.
Please give whatever you can to help us collect life-sustaining technology that might be gathering dust in one person’s home and deliver it to a home where it can alleviate a multitude of problems.