Techquity is a new collective impact initiative of United Way of Greater Milwaukee & Waukesha County. Techquity’s goal is simple: To bridge the digital divide by fostering greater digital equity and inclusion throughout our community. Supported by United Way’s Technology United network, Techquity connects stakeholders from business, governmental, educational, and social sectors to promote digital equity and inclusion via four core strategies:
Access: Ensuring all members of our community have access to affordable, reliable broadband.
Devices: Meeting the community’s needs for digital devices required to be healthy and successful at work, school, home, and the community at large.
Skills: Equipping our community with the necessary digital skills, literacy, and vocational opportunities to participate and excel in the digital economy.
Advocacy: Using our collective voice to fight for the digital equity and inclusion of every member of our community.
Priority populations and organizations include:
Households with school-aged children
Under-resourced schools and other education-focused community organizations
Community-based organizations in “broadband deserts,” or areas of limited broadband connectivity
Seniors in need of digital devices and/or digital skills training
Persons seeking employment, especially employment requiring moderate to high digital skills and/or “upskilling”
Vulnerable populations, such as those experiencing domestic violence or homelessness
Techquity has funded:
Dozens of laptops for nonprofit agency partners
Laptops for students at 12 Milwaukee Community Schools
50+ smartphones for community members seeking employment and/or housing
Hundreds of hotspots, including hotspot and phone data plans
At this time, United Way of Greater Milwaukee & Waukesha County does not accept donations of used or outdated computers or other digital devices.
However, if you or your organization have computers or other digital devices you would like to donate, we can connect you with NAID AAA-certified e-recyclers who would be glad to securely refurbish your old technology.
To learn more about donating technology, contact David Berka via email, or by calling 414.263.8157.