We are charting new territory as we and our higher education institutions seek to deal with COVID-19. As our colleges and universities transition to remote instruction, our most vulnerable students are at risk of being left behind because they don’t have access to the required technology.
We are working together with the state’s newly announced recovery and assistance effort -- Help Colorado Now. We also know that the federal government will step in with emergency funds and assistance. But for many of our most vulnerable students, even a few weeks can be the difference between success and failure.
All of our colleges and universities serve at-risk students. We will prioritize institutions and students as we assess their needs. To date, we have received requests for over 1,200 laptops from institutions across the state.
The need is great. Equipment will go directly to students around the state. Your dollars will help us purchase what donations do not cover. If you’d like your donation to benefit a specific college or university, please feel free to let us know or contact that institution directly. If you know of business, organizations or philanthropies that can help, please direct them to this website.
Please complete this form and let us know what you are interested in donating.
We have partnered with the following nonprofits to assist in our collection efforts:Monetary Donations
We are collecting cash donations to help us purchase what donations don’t cover. We have partnered with the Foundation for Colorado Community Colleges to collect monetary donations.
Any amount helps. Please click here to donate. Note that the Foundation for Colorado Community Colleges will be issuing tax receipts for all monetary donations.Used Laptops
We are partnering with PCs for People to collect used laptops. PCs for People provides the opportunity for low-income individuals to benefit from the life changing impact of technology. They specialize in wiping and refurbishing used equipment and have been doing so for more than 20 years. They are National Association of Information AAA certified, which means they are held to the highest standard of data sanitization and destruction.
Please see the information below regarding minimum requirements and drop off location for laptop donations. If you are outside of the Denver metro area and unable to drop off, please let us know. We are working to establish additional drop off locations. For the safety of our staff and volunteers, we are currently unable to do pick ups.
Please see instructions below on how to donate:
If you have a new or certified refurbished (from authorized supplier) laptop, we can arrange a convenient drop-off location. Please fill out the donation form above and we can contact you to set up a time.
For questions about No Lapse in Learning, please contact Erin McDonnell at Erin.McDonnell@dhe.state.co.us
We understand that connectivity is also critical for our students during this time. The good news is that there is a national effort to support connectivity through the Keep Americans Connected pledge. Contact your local internet service provider to find out what programs they are offering for students during this crisis. Please find other updates regarding broadband services here: https://broadband.co.gov/covid-19/#citizens