Although owning a computer is not a life-and-death type of item - it sure is important in today's world. Families with kids in schools especially need them - as many many assignments now-a-days require work on a computer. Yes kids can stay after school and use the school computers - but then they can't get home from school (buses aren't available and parents work and/or don't have a car). If the kids are involved in any after-school activities - then by the time the activities are over, the school library is closed. They could go to the local library in the evening, but again - the family may not even own a car to get them there, or the mom or dad may work at night and the only family car may be gone. Let's face it - a computer at home is a must in today's world.
If you are upgrading your computer and want to donate your old one - please contact us. See notes below for specific types needed. We would take laptops or desktops.Especially needed now are laptops, towers (for desktop units) and thin monitors.
Note: If you need help cleaning off your information from your old computer before making a donation - let us know.
HOW TO MAKE A COMPUTER DONATION
We can almost always find a family that could use a computer if you have one you'd like to donate. Please contact us at email@example.com if you have a computer and/or printer to donate. Be sure to give us the brand, model number, operating system, etc. when you contact us. We are licensed to load Windows 7 and Office 2007 onto computers, so you can have yours wiped clean before giving it to us if you want. (If you can leave your programs on, then we don't need to use our licenses for yours, and that saves us buying more licenses. It's up to you.) If you need help wiping all your info off your computer let us know - we may be able to assist with that. Please note: because computersbecome outdated so quickly, we ask the following:
We only will accept thin monitors at this time. We do not need any more of the bigger monitors.
We are finding that laptops are becoming more and more popular with families - especially if they don't have internet at home. They can take the laptop with them to the library to do some work. If you have a laptop in good working laptop that you'd like to donate - we'd love to hear from you.
Be sure the computer is in good working order and no older than 4-5 years. A 2 or 3 year old unit is even better!
If you have all the parts - monitor, mouse, keyboard, and tower (and any required cables) that would be great.
If you have just certain parts - please note for mouses and keyboards - we need USB connections only (we do NOT need mouses and keyboards that connect with the round plugs)
Be sure all towers have enough memory to run on Windows 7 or newer. We can no longer accept computers that have XP.
If possible, leave Internet Explorer or some similar browser loaded on it.
If possible leave at least a word processing program on it - Microsoft Office 2007 (Windows and Excel) would be best. That saves us using up our license for that.
If possible, include any software, especially for the operating system.
Include any manuals, discs, etc. that you might have.
We could use power cords (standard size - can connect computer to electric outlet).
We do not take Macs unless they are brand new.
Printers - we don't need as many printers - but would consider a donation if:
Be sure the printer is in good working order. (And no more than 3 years old.)
Be sure it is new enough that ink can still be purchased in the store for your model. (Can you check with Staples first?) If you have any extra ink for the printer, we'd love that!
Be sure you have all required cables and software so it can be linked with a computer and connected to the electric source.
Include any manuals, loading discs, etc. that you might have.
No laser printers, please.
IF WE CAN'T USE YOUR COMPUTER
If your computer is too old for us, or if we don't have a need at the time of your offer - three options to consider are:
For computers that work - take them to Team Children in Audubon. This non-profit takes used computers, refurbishes them, and then sells them at low cost to families in the Philadelphia area.
To get to Team Children - get on 422 West and go to the 363 North Audubon/Trooper exit. Bear right at the exit - go two lights to Van Buren and turn left. They are the last building on the right (tan building with red stripe).
To recycle any computers - here is the best local option:
Take them to your local Best Buy. They will recycle old computers and printers. They do NOT recycle monitors - only towers and laptops (and printers). There is no cost to recycle towers and printers. NOTE: All hard drives must be removed from towers before turning them in. Best Buy will charge you a $20 removal fee if you need to have them take out the hard drive.
For any computers - you can also look for local recycling options in your township or county. These occur once or twice a year. Go to your county or township websites for more details.
Getting a family a computer is only the first step! Then they need to be able to go online. The $30-$50/month costs make this prohibitive for many families. If you have any contacts at businesses that offer internet access, please let us know! We would love to develop a relationship with Comcast or Verizon or any such business to help some local families be able to afford this important part of owning a computer!!! We are aware of Internet Essentials (with Comcast) and that is a start - but there are roadblocks to this offer for many families. We're always willing to brainstorm ideas here!
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