CenturyLink partners with nonprofit to give computers to low-income families

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(6/7/19) MONROE, La. — CenturyLink has announced a new partnership with PCs for People to give refurbished computers to low-income families.

CenturyLink has started sending used or outdated computers and equipment to the Minnesota-based nonprofit, PCs for People. The nonprofit will restore the machines and either give or sell them to low-income families across the country.

PCs for People not only deletes any data still on the donated equipment but makes it completely unrecoverable.

Continue reading for the full press release.

MONROE, La., June 7, 2019 As a leading global technology company, CenturyLink, Inc. (NYSE: CTL) recognizes the value of providing fast and reliable network connectivity and internet access in today’s digital world. In keeping with this philosophy, the company today announced that it is partnering with PCs for People to provide low-income families with refurbished computer equipment.

As part of the agreement, CenturyLink has begun shipping its used or outdated computers and related equipment to PCs for People. The Saint Paul, Minn.-based nonprofit restores the machines and either gives or sells them very inexpensively to low-income families across the United States. Providing these families with access to computer technology promotes higher graduation rates, long-term employment and a higher standard of living.

“As CenturyLink continues its own digital transformation, we believe that supporting the communities we serve is part of who we are as a company,” said Sondra Smith, director of corporate social responsibility, CenturyLink. “Providing these digital tools will help people in our communities learn and succeed, while also enabling CenturyLink to continue pursuing our green initiatives.”

One of CenturyLink’s green initiatives is to follow the 4Rs Reuse, Repurpose, Resale and Recycle. The partnership with PCs for People is a hand-in-glove fit for CenturyLink because it enables the company to repurpose some of its IT and telecommunications equipment for those in need.

“We are extremely excited about CenturyLink becoming a partner in helping PCs for People with our ongoing Digital Inclusion efforts,” said Casey Sorensen, CEO, PCs for People. CenturyLink’s generous donations will allow us to provide laptops to up to 22,400 people per year. Reusing technology, with its potentially life-changing social benefits, positions CenturyLink as a leader in environmental sustainability and corporate social responsibility.

Besides desktop and laptop computers, PCs for People accepts a variety of computer equipment including CRT, LCD, LED and plasma monitors; keyboards and mice; printers; hard drives; cables; power cords and more. The organization follows Department of Defense and National Institute of Standards and Technology guidelines, so any data remaining on donated equipment is not only deleted, but completely unrecoverable. This practice meets CenturyLink’s stringent security and legal requirements.

https://ssl.gstatic.com/ui/v1/icons/mail/images/cleardot.gifAbout CenturyLink CenturyLink (NYSE: CTL) is the second largest U.S. communications provider to global enterprise customers. With customers in more than 60 countries and an intense focus on the customer experience, CenturyLink strives to be the world’s best networking company by solving customers’ increased demand for reliable and secure connections. The company also serves as its customers’ trusted partner, helping them manage increased network and IT complexity and providing managed network and cyber security solutions that help protect their business.

About PCs for People

Founded in 1998, PCs for People is a national leader in digital inclusion. As a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, every project, program and initiative at PCs for People is centered on getting low-cost computers and affordable broadband internet into the homes of low-income individuals. Through an unwavering commitment to the communities we serve, we have distributed over 70,000 computers, subscribed thousands of families to low-cost internet, and recycled millions of pounds of electronics. Digital inclusion efforts such as ours are essential in today’s digital world, where it is increasingly hard to access education, healthcare or employment opportunities without access to a computer or the internet. Our model is a self-sustainable social enterprise centered on building community value in every part of our program. PCs for People has offices in Saint Paul-Minneapolis (headquarters), Denver and Cleveland.

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