DETROIT – Hundreds of city of Detroit computers that were recently replaced for newer models will be refurbished and distributed for free to families in need of technology and access to the Internet.
The initiative is thanks to a partnership between the city and nonprofit human-I-T. The donation of more than 500 decommissioned city computers is part of the city’s larger strategy for bridging Detroit’s digital divide through its partners at Connect313.
Half of the computers were delivered Wednesday (Aug. 10), and the rest will be delivered in the coming weeks. All 500 computers first will be wiped of existing and sensitive data.
Most will be refurbished to be provided to Detroit families lacking access to technology by human-I-T and its community partners. Devices that may be damaged or those that are too old to be refurbished will be disposed of in an environmentally sensitive manner, according to the city.
“Our longstanding commitment to digital equity is realized through our partnerships,” said Detroit’s director of digital inclusion, Joshua Edmonds. “This initiative will allow us to make a positive impact on the environment while also empowering Detroit families with technology needed to access opportunities in the digital age.”
If a family receiving a donated computer does not currently have internet access or needs assistance, human-I-T uses a four-pillar approach to helping citizens acquire computer devices and internet access, as well as with tech support and training.
“With the city of Detroit’s partnership and commitment to donate technology to human-I-T, we will be able to protect our planet by diverting items from landfills and provide Detroiters access to unlock opportunities and achieve their fullest potential,” said Jennifer Jambor, senior manager of programs for human-I-T. “We believe in equitable access and the City is helping human-I-T ensure Detroiters have access to devices, low-cost internet, digital skills training and technical support.”
How to get a computer now
While it will take several months before the donated city computers will be ready for distribution, families in need of a computer can get on a list to receive one from human-I-T from its existing inventory.
Residents of Detroit who would like access to low-cost computers, laptops, and tablets, or help getting reduced-rate broadband internet, or tech support or training, can call 888-391-7249 or visit human-I-T.org.
How to donate an unneeded computer
Detroit businesses can take advantage of the partnership with human-I-T to recycle and donate technology that they no longer need.
With a simple phone call, donors can access human-I-T’s industry-leading IT asset disposition services. The nonprofit will arrange an equipment pickup, securely wipe devices of sensitive data, refurbish, and update them, and donate them to local community organizations and individuals who lack access to technology.
Damaged or broken items are also accepted for end-of-life product disposal. All donations are tax deductible.