Recently StreetSmart’s Minneapolis office partnered with PCs for People, a local Minnesota nonprofit organization, as part of community outreach program. Together, StreetSmart and PCs for People sponsored a used technology drive, where over 150 computers and phones were donated by StreetSmart and their employees.
PCs for People partners with local schools and businesses to sponsor technology drives where they collect, repurpose, or recycle old computers, phones, and other electronic items. Their mission is to:
“Create new opportunities by providing affordable personal computers, computer repairs, and internet service to people with limited technological experience due to social, physical, or economic circumstances. Any family or individual receiving government benefits or living below 200% of the federal poverty line is eligible for our services.”
Successful StreetSmart technology drive benefits PCs for People
The StreetSmart technology drive was highly successful and resulted in the collection of dozens of laptops and over 100 mobile and office phones. They also donated a dozen like-new file cabinets for PCs for People to use in their offices. This drive allowed StreetSmart to recycle old technology laying around the office, and more importantly it was a chance for our employees to give it back to their local communities. Many employees jumped at the chance to get involved in this drive, and even donated personal electronics.
“As a technology company, we couldn’t be more pleased that we could donate company computer and phone equipment we are no longer using and repurpose them for people in need. Our employees also saw the value in donating to PCs for people and were great contributors of their personal items during our technology drive.” – Alex Becker, StreetSmart CEO
PCs for People said that the donated technology was of such high quality that most, if not all, items will be refurbished and given back to the community. This is amazing considering the restoration process for the donated technology is quite extensive. Once the drive ends, PCs for People volunteers pick up the electronics and then the items are sanitized according to the National Association for Information Destruction (NAID). Once completed, the devices are repaired and sent out to eligible recipients in the community.
“It’s always a challenge to determine what to do with technology that no longer fits the needs of our company. PCs for People has a secure program that sanitizes hard drives using NAID certified processes. And they have safe disposal and recycling protocols in place that assure us that our donations are safe from cyber threats” – Jeff Urmann, IT Help Desk Technician, StreetSmart
StreetSmart has a tradition of giving back to the community including a STEM Workshop Operation for local high school students.