Donate devices today to ensure equitable access to virtual learning during COVID-19
The Greater Phoenix Chamber Foundation has partnered with Data Doctors, Cox Communications, Arizona Students Recycling Used Technology (AZ StRUT), School Connect AZ, and the Office of Maricopa County School Superintendent to provide critical computer access to our K-12 students. We are asking community members and businesses to donate all types of computers that are no longer needed to be refurbished and provided to students who do not have devices at home. This computer drive, alongside Cox’s commitment to equip homes with wireless internet, will empower students to participate in virtual learning.
Types of Computers Accepted
Data Doctors will accept any working or non-working computers, Chromebooks, netbooks, and chargers
- Working computers will receive a secure hard-drive wipe so that no personal information will be left
- Non-working computers can still be used for parts and are welcomed as donations
- Anything that does not function and cannot be repurposed will be responsibly recycled
New Wifi Map and Free Tech Support Hot Line helps Arizona students access internet via open hotspots for virtual learning
As schools begin online instruction this month, a coalition of statewide organizations realized that 200,000 Arizona families will struggle to access internet with enough bandwidth to facilitate virtual instruction.
Connect Arizona is the product of a collaboration between the Arizona State Library, School Connect, Common Sense Media, the Arizona Commerce Authority, and the AZ Broadband Stakeholder Network, providing an interactive map of free WiFi hotspots across the state.
Visit www.connect-arizona.com to find a free hotspot location near you.
Can I leave my house to donate computers?
Yes, under Governor Ducey’s March 30, 2020, Stay-at-Home Executive Order, you may leave your home “for employment, to volunteer, or participate in essential functions.”
Need Wireless Internet?
Through their Connect 2 Compete initiative, Cox Communications is offering two free months of wireless internet to economically challenged students, all equipment included! Please see the bilingual flyer here to learn more.
Additionally, Connect Arizona has provided an interactive map of free WiFi hotspots across the state. Visit www.connect-arizona.com to find a free hotspot location near you.
Don’t have a computer to donate, but still want to contribute?
School Connect AZ is purchasing computers to distribute to students in need. If you’d like to donate money to go towards the cost of buying devices, please donate here.
Why is a computer drive needed?
On March 30, 2020, Governor Ducey and Superintendent of Public Instruction, Kathy Hoffman, announced that in an abundance of precaution against COVID-19, all Arizona schools will be closed for the remainder of the school year. During this period, where schools are unable to teach in-person, virtual learning is intended to still take place amongst the hundreds of thousands of students across the state; yet, many students do not have access to a computer to partake in virtual instruction. This access gap perpetuates inequity for underrepresented populations. Our goal is to ensure all students have access to the tools they need to continue to learn, challenge their minds, and (for our seniors) seek postsecondary opportunities.
Are you a parent or teacher seeking help?
PARENTS: If you require devices for your children/K-12 students, please ask your student’s teacher to follow the steps below to connect to Maricopa County School Superintendent Steve Watson’s office. Superintendent Watson and his staff are coordinating individual requests for equipment directly and providing many other resources for teachers transitioning to an environment of online instruction.
TEACHERS: If you require a device for one or more of your students who otherwise don’t have necessary resources:
- Visit schoolsup.org and view the topic “Do you have a K-12 student in Maricopa County who needs a device to connect and learn?”
- Follow the instructions there to link to the request form to be placed in the queue for a device. Placements of donated equipment will be made as items become available through the STEM Resource Center and the Community Laptop Drive.
Schools that Need Computers
If you are a district interested in participating, please complete the form below. We will contact you once we are ready to disperse the computers to your district.
The Foundation does not have the infrastructure to support individual parent or teacher inquiries. All requests must be submitted by district leaders. Any requests not submitted by district leaders will not be considered.
Questions? If you are a business that requires pick-up for bulk laptop donations or if you have any questions, please contact Kathy Chance, Executive Assistant to the President/CEO, at email@example.com or 602.402.7323.