Computer Donations to Cathedral Center for Seniors Help Bridge Digital Divide

The center in Cathedral City recently received five computers and accessories through Edison International’s computer donations program.

September 23, 2014 | By Flor Tolley

The seniors who spend their time at The Cathedral Center in Cathedral City, located just southeast of Palm Springs, now have easy access to something they haven’t had before: the Internet and email.

The four refurbished computers and laptop, including all the accessories, were recently donated through Edison International’s “Computers for the Community” program, a program for K-12 schools and nonprofits. The digital equipment is now part of the senior center’s computer lab. 

“We are grateful for this generous donation from Edison, as it enables our seniors to stay involved in the digital world, especially by using the Internet, communicating by email and remaining mentally active and vibrant,” said James P. Martinez, executive director of The Cathedral Center. “Without the support of our community partners such as Edison International, we would not be able to provide these services to the community.”

The Cathedral Center serves nearly 1,000 outreach clients and 30,000 community members at large. They offer a myriad of health, social, educational and recreational services to senior residents in the Southeast Coachella Valley. The center’s mission is to improve the quality of life for seniors. 

With only 59 percent of Americans over the age of 65 having access to the Internet, according to the Pew Research Center, providing digital access is an important goal for the center. According to a recent New York Times story, among adults 77 years of age and older, only one-third have Internet access.

“Whether we are providing support through volunteer efforts, corporate contributions or through in-kind donations, Edison is a part of our communities and we are committed to making them better,” said Tammy Tumbling, director of Philanthropy and Community Investment for Southern California Edison (SCE).  

“The Computers for the Community program is another way we help make an impact by supporting our community partners. The fact that we are able to impact the lives of our elderly customers makes it even more meaningful.”  

Edison International’s computer donation program offers equipment to schools and nonprofits throughout its 50,000-square-mile service territory. Schools must be state-accredited and can receive up to 10 computers every two years. Nonprofits are eligible to receive up to five computers every two years. The computers come with monitors, keyboards and other accessories.  

To learn more about Edison International’s computer donations program, visit  

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