July 26, 2021


Melts In Your Technology

Detroit launches campaign to solicit used computers for city families

Detroit — City officials joined Wednesday with technology partners to launch a campaign seeking gently used computers to help “close the digital divide” for at least 1,000 low-income Detroit families. 

The effort, dubbed “Empowering Digital Detroit,” calls on city businesses and individuals to donate used, unwanted, or obsolete electronics. The city and its partners are aiming to amass 500,000 pounds of used technology and have it refurbished by a team of IT professionals. The team intends to redistribute at least 1,000 laptops to low-income city families by October. 

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“Opportunity in Detroit is increasing by the day, whether employment, education, affordable housing or a range of critical assistance programs,” Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan said Wednesday. “However, in many cases, accessing those opportunities require a computer and internet access and if you can’t access an opportunity, it may as well not exist.”