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As 2nd Wave of COVID-19 Hits U.S. Schools, Millions of Children Forced Back Into Home Learning Create New Urgency for “Digital Dreams Project” to Help End Digital Divide

PlanITROI Responds by Stepping Up Its Nonprofit Push to Get Now- “Idle” Computers Updated and Into Hands of In-Need Students Otherwise Unable to Learn at Home.

Eight states already have responded to the resurgent coronavirus pandemic with orders to entirely or partially shutdown classrooms and hundreds of individual school districts across the nation are likely to follow suit in the coming weeks. This latest shift to at-home learning further underscores the urgent need to do something about the millions of U.S. households where children do not have access to devices they need to learn.

One major response is a new initiative – the nonprofit Digital Dreams Project (DDP) – which targets millions of “idle” computers in U.S. homes and businesses to make a real difference by helping to close the digital divide for millions of school children.

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PlanITROI CEO and DDP founder Paul Baum said: “There are an estimated one-five idle computers todays in 100 million American homes. And there are millions more computers gathering dust in offices across America. We can use these unused computers now to fill the digital divide and to help students learn. The Digital Dreams Project needs your idle computing donations or trade-ins to make that work.”

The Digital Dreams Project was established by PlanITROI to fill the demand for students in need by breathing fresh life into idle devices Americans already have in their homes and businesses. DDP reclaims, refurbishes, and then redistributes idle computers to underserved and disadvantaged students.

The goal of the Digital Dreams Project is to get one million devices into the hands of students by the end of the 2021 school year. Individuals, corporations, and consumers can participate in the following ways:

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Donate Devices. Donate your devices today for a student to use to complete their homework. The Digital Dreams Project donation process is easy and streamlined. Not only will your device help to ignite the dreams of children, but you’ll also prevent e-waste, and your donation will be completely tax deductible.

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Donate Funds. Don’t have a device, but still want to help us reach our goal? Even a small financial donation to our foundation can go a long way in getting kids the technology, internet access and mentorship that they need to succeed.

Start a Team. By working together, PlanITROI, corporate partners and individuals can collect idle devices from communities across the country and transform them into the keys that unlock the power of education for students.

Why can’t parents and schools just buy more computers? In addition to cost concerns faced by struggling low-i***** households, manufacturers are averaging two-year backlogs to meet the global demand for new entry level computers for students.

Baum speaks from authority on this topic since PlanITROI has refurbished and distributed computers to over 7,000,000 individuals since 2011, making PlanITROI a U.S. leader in ensuring that affordable technology is available for all that need it.

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