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Free computer event bridges digital divide, connects low-income households to the internet


The PCs for People computer event at the Proctor Center in Peoria
The PCs for People computer event at the Proctor Center in Peoria(Greater Peoria EDC)
Published: Jan. 27, 2022 at 8:13 PM CST
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PEORIA (25 NEWS) - The PCs for People computer event giving low-income individuals and households a free desktop computer had a great turnout, according to the Greater Peoria Economic Development Council.

PCs for People joined with the Greater Peoria EDC and Peoria Park District because of each organization’s commitment to increase digital inclusion in the region and bridge the digital divide in low-income and underserved areas and support the federal Affordable Connectivity Program.

PCs for People recycles and refurbishes computers, turning them into low-cost and quality computers and works to get those computers -- and internet -- into the homes of low-income individuals and families and helping keep computers out of landfills.

The organization has provided 190,000 people with computers and connected 77,000 households to low-cost internet -- and recycled over 9 million pounds of electronics.

“America is currently the largest producer of electronic waste in the world and we offer people and businesses a way to dispose of their electronic waste in an eco-friendly way,” said Khayla Perkins, PCs for People’s Community Impact Manager for Cook County.

“There are millions of people in Illinois who are in need of affordable avenues to obtain internet and computer services and we are very excited to see the steps to help bridge the digital divide in Peoria are being taken through this collaboration with PCs for People,” said Jonelle McCloud, the General Manager of Proctor Center and Logan Center for the Peoria Park District and a longtime advocate for digital inclusion initiatives.

The next PCs for People event is March 31 at the Pekin Public Library at 301 South 4th St. You can register for that event here.

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