Partner Agencies

If you’d like to become a Partner Agency, please send a request via the contact page. There is no fee, simply provide your program description and contact information, and add a link to pbdd.org to your website.

Details about Partner Agencies are available here. The following is a quick summary.

org name Website description City State
Free Geek Free Geek

Free Geek’s mission is to recycle technology and provide access to computers, the Internet, education, and job skills in exchange for community service. After 24 hours of volunteer work, individuals take home a computer that comes with one year of tech support and digital literacy training.

Portland OR
Helping Link Helping Link

Helping Link/Một Dấu Nối works to empower Vietnamese-Americans’ social adjustment, family stability, and self sufficiency.

The Computer Workshop is a program meant to teach adult and older clients the basic applicable computer skills necessary to advance towards job employment and increased language literacy.  Our bilingual Vietnamese and English computer manual provides a comprehensive understanding of the basic computer functions and tips to becoming familiar with the computer programs. Helping Link/Một Dấu Nối will provide the essential resources and instruction to help you get started and become successful in mastering the computer skills you need.

Seattle Washington
Human IT human-i-t.org/

At human-I-T our mission is simple; transform unwanted or inoperative technology into operational and educational tools for the millions in need. Striving to go beyond recycling by taking a progressive approach to E-waste management, vocational training and the Digital Divide.

Los Angeles California
Independence FIrst independencefirst.org

Independence First offers over 20 Programs & Services to people in the Milwaukee metropolitan area with disabilities of all kinds. The refurbishing program allows clients to obtain a free refurbished computer.  People with disabilities are eligible to receive a free computer but must be referred from another organization or professional and meet the income eligibility. The program places over 300 computers per year to people in need.

 

Milwaukee Wisconsin
Learning to Be the Light LearningToBeTheLight .org

Learning to Be the Light is dedicated to making sure that eligible students have the technological resources needed in order to succeed in today’s high-tech school environment

Birmingham Alabama
Lutheran Social Services of North Florida Lutheran Social Services of North Florida

Lutheran Social Services of North Florida began as a social ministry effort of Epiphany Lutheran Church in 1988. The goal was to meet what was believed to be critical social service need in the community. LSSNF was established as a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation in August 1989 with the following mission statement: “Develop and administer programs to address unmet social service needs in north Florida.”  This mission is carried out by networking with social service providers in the target area and by reviewing current needs assessments.

The Computer Refurbishing and Technical Assistance (CRTA) program, a Microsoft Registered Refurbisher, recycles computers donated by the community for distribution to low-income individuals and human service agencies in Tallahassee and the Greater Big Bend area of North Florida.

As computers become a larger part of our daily lives, the lack of access to computers and the Internet for those unable to afford it creates an ever increasing digital divide. Likewise, electronic waste increases as consumers upgrade to newer technologies. CRTA addresses both of these problems. CRTA receives computers and related technology that would otherwise be discarded. Most of these machines go on to fill the digital divide by serving local not for profit agencies, their clients, and/or local elementary and high school students. The items we receive that are broken or that do not meet our quality standards are sent for electronics recycling. None of the items we receive go to landfills.

Tallahassee Florida
Masonic Angels Foundation, Inc. Laptops for Kidz www.laptopsforkidz.org/

Laptops for KidZ is a project of the volunteer-operated Masonic Angel Foundation, Inc.  LFK was launched in 2010 to provide laptops and other devices to school children who would not otherwise have access to a computer outside school hours.  Our volunteers accept donated laptops, make necessary repairs and reconfigure them with a fresh Windows license we obtain as a non-profit member of the Microsoft Registered Refurbisher Program.

Laptops are placed through schools that partner with the Masonic Angel Foundation in our core function of basic assistance to families in need, providing food, clothing, winter coats, school supplies, eyeglasses and other necessary items.  School professionals determine which students receive Laptops for KidZ devices.  The Masons never learn the identity of recipients.

Laptops for KidZ devices are sent home with a flash drive to facilitate moving files back and forth between home and school.

Many recipient families qualify for Comcast’s $9.95/month Internet Essentials broadband access program.  LFK/MAF has partnered with Internet Essentials since 2011.

In its first five years of operation, Laptops for KidZ placed over 1,250 machines with families across Eastern Massachusetts.

 

Orleans Massachusetts
Net Literacy www.netliteracy.org

Net Literacy has donated over 42,000 computers to the families of students without a computer at home, schools, public libraries, after-school programs, churches, community centers, and other nonprofits.

http://www.netliteracy.org/

Every Saturday, many schools gather to work together to repurpose thousands of computers in support of the Community Connects and Senior Connects programs. During weekdays, high schools and colleges also repurpose computers providing thousands of computers for schools.

Schools use the computers to build computer labs, place computers in the classrooms, and provide computers to families not having a computer at their home.

Student volunteers dispose of unusable computers in an EPA compliant manner, preventing computers and monitors from being delivered to landfills. This is especially important considering that the monitors that are buried in landfills have toxins that could potentially affect the quality of life of succeeding generations of Americans. Net Literacy is a Microsoft Authorized Refurbisher and installs Microsoft, Open Source, and other software on these computers.

Carmel Indiana
Our Children LA Our Children L.A.

Recognizing that over 70% of homeless youth use a smartphone and many others regularly access computers at libraries or other computer centers, Our Children LA provides mobile and web-based resources to help unaccompanied youth find the support they need to survive, especially those most vulnerable to poor life outcomes due to disease, disability, abandonment, neglect, abuse, poverty, trauma and adverse environmental conditions.

  1. Our Children LA offers the mobile and web-based technological methods to connect vulnerable children and youth to available support systems.
  2. Our Children LA uses technologies that are responsive to the needs of children and youth, low-barrier and accessible, and easy-to-use.
  3. Our Children LA strives to use tools that support ongoing efforts by providers and community-based systems to serve vulnerable children and youth.
  4. Our Children LA offers and maintains a free and accessible website to provide information to advocates, policymakers, nonprofits, foundations, and citizens on best practices and resources available to address youth homelessness.

Pacific Palisades California
Peer to Peer University (P2PU) Peer to Peer University

Peer 2 Peer University (or simply P2PU) is a non-profit organization that facilitates equitable learning beyond institutional walls. Founded in 2008, P2PU has grown into a distributed community of educators, librarians, activists, policy-makers, and technologists. P2PU trains librarians and community leaders to facilitate learning in their neighborhoods, develops and curates open educational resources and software, and champions related causes including open education, digital equity, and public libraries.

San Francisco California