“Computer Reach” provides free and low-cost devices to Pittsburgh-area residents

A digital divide exists in the Pittsburgh area with thousands of residents lacking the digital resources to engage in online learning.

But now the national nonprofit Digitunity is partnering with AT&T to provide free or low-cost computers, digital literacy training and technical support to residents, including students in need, during the next two years.

They chose to partner with Computer Reach, an organization that brings technology to those most in need through refurbished equipment, computer knowledge, training and support. Computer Reach was selected as part of a 10-city project to make more than 2,000 refurbished computers available to students and families.

Over the past three months, 146 families in the Greater Pittsburgh area have received computers donated by Computer Reach through this project.

“We are proud to work with AT&T and Digitunity to help tackle the digital divide head-on in neighborhoods around Pittsburgh and throughout western Pennsylvania,” said Dave Sevick, executive director of Computer Reach.

“Throughout our collaboration with AT&T, we will provide much-needed computers, hands-on digital literacy classes, and digital home navigation services to help make a measurable difference in the lives of those most in need in our community. “

The project is part of a $2 billion investment by AT&T to bridge the digital divide between 2021 and 2024.

“Our commitment to bridging the digital divide is to ensure learners have both the connectivity and the devices essential for success,” said James Penna, AT&T Regional Director for External Affairs in West Florida. Pennsylvania.

“Through our work with Digitunity and Computer Reach, we will be able to help thousands of underserved students and their families in the Pittsburgh area gain free access to computers and educational resources that are critical to success. of online learning.”

Digitunity Director of Programs Karisa Tashjian said nonprofit tech renovators are essential players in their communities.

“Device ownership is fundamental to digital equity, and technology reuse is a direct and logical response to the pervasive challenge of the technology divide,” she said.

For more information, visit https://links.digitunity.org/10-city-contact-us.

Paul Guggenheimer is a staff writer for Tribune-Review. You can contact Paul at 724-226-7706 or [email protected]

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