Launched in 2020, Techquity is a new collective impact initiative to bridge the digital divide throughout our community. Supported by United Way’s Technology United network, Techquity connects stakeholders from our business, education, and social sector to promote digital equity and inclusion via three strategies:
- Access: Ensuring all families have digital devices and the internet in their homes.
- Education: Fostering digital literacy and career pathways in technology.
- Innovation: Leveraging technology to accelerate innovation in the social sector.
Techquity’s priority populations include:
- Households with school-aged children
- Persons seeking employment
- Vulnerable populations, such as those experiencing domestic violence or homelessness
To date, Techquity has provided:
- Laptops for nonprofit agency partners
- Laptops for students at 12 Milwaukee Community Schools
- 180 hot spots for members of the community to access the internet to continue education and/or to work from home
If your organization has outdated computers or other technology, consider giving them a second life! Technology donations can easily be recycled and put to good use in our community. All kinds of technology donations are accepted and most items will be refurbished for reuse. If donations can’t be refurbished, they will be recycled properly at no cost to the donor.
If you do not currently have a dedicated recycler for your technology equipment, United Way can help you through one of our partners Digital Bridge of Milwaukee. Digital Bridge is NAID AAA certified in our area to wipe and reuse drives. After wiping the hardware, they load Windows 10 operating system and Microsoft products on each computer and help United Way distribute them to community members that need a computer.
To learn more about donating technology, contact Nicole Angresano at 414.263.8115 or fill out the form below.