UPDATE: Drive-through event meant to sell computers to low-income families canceled

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NORMAL, Ill. (WMBD) — (UPDATE: 4:20 p.m.) — The Town of Normal has canceled the drive-through event meant to give low-income families the opportunity to buy refurbished computers at a discount.

Communications Specialist Rachelle Cantero said the event was canceled until further notice after learning nonprofit organization PC for People does not have enough inventory for the event.

(PREVIOUS) — A drive-through event will give families in Bloomington-Normal and surrounding areas the chance to get refurbished computers at a discount.

The drive through is offering computers for $40 to people that meet specific qualifications. Social distancing guidelines will be followed at the event.

As learning and working from home continue, access to affordable technology is essential in
today’s world,” said Director of Innovation and Technology Vasu Gadhiraju. “It is increasingly
important to bridge the digital divide in our community.”

Eligibility requirements include but are not limited to:

  • Household income below the 200% poverty level
  • Current enrollment in an income-based government assistance program
  • Negatively affected by school closures due to COVID-19

Those who wish to participate are encouraged to register at tinyurl.com/pcsforpeopleIL. Registering is not required, but it gives participants the opportunity to pre-order a computer before they arrive in person.

“We experienced the scope of the local technology resource gap for families during our remote learning programs,” said Executive Director of the Children’s Discovery Museum Beth Whisman. “Some families relied on their child’s school-issued hardware to sustain household on-line needs throughout the pandemic. That isn’t sustainable. This event will help our families and all residents who need a household computer year-round to cover vital needs and services and to keep them connected to the community.”

The event is on Friday, April 23 from 2 p.m. – 5 p.m. at the Illinois State University Alumni Center located at 1101 N. Main St.

The event came about through a partnership between the Town of Normal, the Children’s Discovery Museum, the Normal Public Library, and PCs for People, a non-profit organization dedicated to digital inclusion.

Those with technical questions or looking for more information are encouraged to email www.pcsforpeople.org.

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