For most companies that experienced a slowdown in work due to COVID-19, there was rarely a bright side. But at Pitt Technology Group, the slowdown wasn’t all bad news. It meant the tech installation company had time and manpower to put toward work with nonprofits after it received some funding from the Small Business Administration's Payroll Protection Program.
About two years ago, the company started assisting southwest Missouri nonprofits with tech installation, audio/visual setups and general IT assistance, often probono. “We found there was a need for IT installation,” says Kevin Waterland, general manager and co-owner of Pitt Technology Group. And thanks to [COVID-19], the company’s cabling division had about 1.5 months with little to do, so it put the team to work installing video conferencing equipment, IT infrastructure and cabling at local nonprofits for who applied for assistance. Within two months, Pitt Technology Group had donated $174,000 worth of work including $39,650 at the Drew Lewis Foundation where the company installed a new wireless system, re-cabled the building and added video conferencing equipment in classrooms.