SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – To help expand computer and internet access to local families in need, state Rep. Jay Hoffman, D-Swansea, is proud to announce the grand opening of PCs for People at its new Metro East facility, located in downtown Belleville.
“PCs for People has been leading the charge as part of its mission to connect computers to families most in need,” said Hoffman. “The news of their official grand opening here in the Metro East only reaffirms our shared commitment to providing computer resources to those whose livelihoods would be transformed with access to technology they offer.”
Founded in 1998, PCs for People is a national organization whose mission is to bridge the gaps of access to digital inclusion by providing computers and mobile internet to low-income households and nonprofits. By collaborating with the State of Illinois, PCs for People has launched a statewide network to help refurbish and redistribute computers to those in need, and to help the nearly 1.1 million Illinois households without computers.
“I am honored to stand alongside PCs for People as we strive to advance the transformative impact of modern technology for communities in need, when computers and the internet are now essential for work, education, telemedicine and everyday parts of our lives,” Hoffman said. “Investing in the futures of those within our community will always be a number one priority, and I look forward to establishing a meaningful and lasting partnership.”