Current estimates show that more than 75,000 computers are needed by students across Oregon to support distance learning (not to mention additional essential needs like telehealth). That means tens of thousands of students are unable to access online learning, have limited ability to connect with teachers, cannot socialize with friends and more. As we look at the long term impacts of COVID-19 on our community and potential distance learning needs going into the fall, giving educators and families access to technology is a lifeline to help students continue their education and ensure they have the tools they need to thrive through this crisis.
Intel has been the driver of this project from the beginning, starting with an employee drive in April that collected 16 pallets of technology that Free Geek was able to refurbish and distribute into the community. First Tech Federal Credit Union and the Oregon Business Council joined with Intel to start this community drive and are inviting other employers and community leaders to link arms to make a difference for children and families in our communities.
In partnership with Free Geek, the business community is uniting to host a series of contactless drive-through technology collection sites across the Portland Metro region over a two week period beginning on May 27. Employers will be encouraged to share the campaign with their employees and customers. The general community will be also encouraged to participate. Our ambitious goal is to collect 10,000 devices through both technology and financial contributions.
Everything that you need to know about signing up to be a drop site, helping to get the message out to your employees or supporting the cause by donating money or technology.
- Current estimates show that more than 75,000 computers are needed by students across Oregon to support distance learning.
- Since the pandemic, demand for used laptops has spiked by nearly 4,000%, from about 300 requests per month to 3,000 per week.
Dollar impact numbers (corporate):
- $500 refurbishes 10 laptops for people in need of digital access.
- $1,000 provides culturally specific digital literacy and a refurbished laptop to 7 households.
- $5,000 provides a refurbished computer, tech support and digital literacy training for 20 k-12 students.