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Students in need can sign up to receive free computers, hot spots, for online learning

With so many schools starting remotely, does your child need a computer to do schoolwork? Here's how Cuyahoga County families can apply for help.

CLEVELAND — Do you know of a child that needs a computer and wifi access in order to learn at home during the coming school year?

Low-income families in Cuyahoga County can now apply for a free computer and hot spot from the PCs for People organization.

In the coming weeks, PCs for People will distribute an estimated 10,000 computers and also 5,000 hot spots that come with a two-year wifi subscription to families with K-12 students.

The free computers are previously owned and have been donated from a variety of sources, including thousands pledged by corporate partners Eaton Corp., GE Lighting a Savant Company, and Squire Patton Boggs.  PCs for People received $3 million in grant funding from The Cleveland Foundation and Cuyahoga County to collect, refurbish and distribute the donated devices.  

To sign up online, go to https://www.pcsforpeople.org/ohio/  (preferred), or call 216-930-5741.

Families must include proof of eligibility and enrollment in a k-12 school when they apply.  They can choose to contribute to the cost of the technology, which will fund additional digital inclusion efforts across the county or receive financial aid to cover the full cost.

RELATED: Help close the digital divide by donating a used computer for a child in need

Got a laptop or desktop to donate? Please support WKYC studios’ Computers for Kids drive by dropping off computers and accessories at participating Cuyahoga County Public Library branches. The drive runs through Aug. 31, and all donated devices will go to this PCs for People project. 

Collection bins have been placed at the following library locations: Bay Village, Berea, North Olmsted, North Royalton, Parma-Powers Blvd., Parma-Snow, Beachwood, Mayfield, Solon and South Euclid. The computer collection drive is sponsored by CrossCountry Mortgage.

Corporations donating computers can receive free pick up and certified data wiping services from PCs for People by calling 216-600-0014 or email cleveland@pcsforpeople.org

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