Cleveland nonprofit recycles computers to bridge the digital divide

Bowersmith said the registration process is not onerous and simply requires photo ID and proof of income eligibility. PCs for People Ohio technical supervisor Henry Hartman explained that most computers less than five years old are good candidates for donation. He added that he trains all technical staff, some of whom are referred by local agencies like Youth Opportunities Unlimited (YOU) and the Center for Economic Opportunities of Greater Cleveland (CEOGC).

“We get kids right out of high school where it’s their first job,” Hartman said. “I believe in giving someone a job in technology.”

In addition to PCs for People to reduce the digital divide, the group also contributes to reducing electronic waste. Circular Cleveland, which aims to step up those efforts, is currently awaiting Mayor Bibb’s choice for the position of sustainability officer, which is expected in the coming weeks. In a recent interview, project manager Divya Sridhar, manager of climate resilience and sustainability at Cleveland Neighborhood Progress, said more announcements are expected soon.

In the meantime, however, PCs for People continues to truck and accept donations of old technology that can be given new life. “Most are still viable and if you donate it to us, we’ll donate it to a good cause,” Hartman said.

Contact PCs for People Ohio at https://www.pcsforpeople.org/ohio/. The agency is located at 3126 St Clair Ave NE, Cleveland, OH 44114. They can be reached at 216-930-5741 or [email protected]

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Marc Lefkowitz is a sustainability writer based in Cleveland Heights.