GLEN CARBON — The Woman Scouts of Southern Illinois workers have partnered with PCs for Folks to distribute 5,000 computer systems over the following 12 months at drive-through occasions the place residents can decide up computer systems for $20.
Led by PCs for Folks, a coalition of nonprofit organizations obtained a $1.5 million grant from the Illinois COVID-19 Response Fund to attach underserved residents with computer systems and broadband of their houses. PCs for Folks refurbishes donated computer systems, permitting it to supply full desktop packages for $20.
“We’re honored to be a part of this initiative to bridge the digital divide at the moment once we depend upon computer systems for schooling, employment and healthcare,” says Loretta Graham, CEO of Woman Scouts of Southern Illinois. “I’m particularly excited for the ladies who now will entry studying supplies and join with classmates and pals as a result of they’ve a pc at house.”
The opposite organizations concerned within the initiative are the City League of Metropolitan St. Louis and Management Council of Southwestern Illinois.
“It is a multi-pronged digital inclusion, workforce improvement and neighborhood fairness initiative within the state’s most underserved communities,” says Casey Sorenson, CEO of PCs for Folks. “The undertaking’s distinctive strategy will lead to each speedy emergency affect and a long-term sustainable inclusion presence.”
To qualify for a pc, a family’s revenue have to be at 200% of poverty stage or much less or it should obtain authorities help. Eligibility data is offered at pcsforpeople.org/eligibility]pcsforpeople.org/eligibility.
The pc features a Home windows 10 system, a 17” to twenty” monitor, a keyboard, energy cords and a wi-fi USB adapter. Wi-fi web hotspots additionally can be found for $15 a month and a one-time system buy of $20, so long as grant funding permits. Laptops might also be obtainable as provide permits. Computer systems and web hotspots could also be preordered at tinyurl.com/pcsforpeopleil.