Summary of partners

org name Website description City State
Independence FIrst independencefirst.org

Independence First offers over 20 Programs & Services to people in the Milwaukee metropolitan area with disabilities of all kinds. The refurbishing program allows clients to obtain a free refurbished computer.  People with disabilities are eligible to receive a free computer but must be referred from another organization or professional and meet the income eligibility. The program places over 300 computers per year to people in need.

 

Milwaukee Wisconsin
Learning to Be the Light LearningToBeTheLight .org

Learning to Be the Light is dedicated to making sure that eligible students have the technological resources needed in order to succeed in today’s high-tech school environment

Birmingham Alabama
Lutheran Social Services of North Florida Lutheran Social Services of North Florida

Lutheran Social Services of North Florida began as a social ministry effort of Epiphany Lutheran Church in 1988. The goal was to meet what was believed to be critical social service need in the community. LSSNF was established as a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation in August 1989 with the following mission statement: “Develop and administer programs to address unmet social service needs in north Florida.”  This mission is carried out by networking with social service providers in the target area and by reviewing current needs assessments.

The Computer Refurbishing and Technical Assistance (CRTA) program, a Microsoft Registered Refurbisher, recycles computers donated by the community for distribution to low-income individuals and human service agencies in Tallahassee and the Greater Big Bend area of North Florida.

As computers become a larger part of our daily lives, the lack of access to computers and the Internet for those unable to afford it creates an ever increasing digital divide. Likewise, electronic waste increases as consumers upgrade to newer technologies. CRTA addresses both of these problems. CRTA receives computers and related technology that would otherwise be discarded. Most of these machines go on to fill the digital divide by serving local not for profit agencies, their clients, and/or local elementary and high school students. The items we receive that are broken or that do not meet our quality standards are sent for electronics recycling. None of the items we receive go to landfills.

Tallahassee Florida
Masonic Angels Foundation, Inc. Laptops for Kidz www.laptopsforkidz.org/

Laptops for KidZ is a project of the volunteer-operated Masonic Angel Foundation, Inc.  LFK was launched in 2010 to provide laptops and other devices to school children who would not otherwise have access to a computer outside school hours.  Our volunteers accept donated laptops, make necessary repairs and reconfigure them with a fresh Windows license we obtain as a non-profit member of the Microsoft Registered Refurbisher Program.

Laptops are placed through schools that partner with the Masonic Angel Foundation in our core function of basic assistance to families in need, providing food, clothing, winter coats, school supplies, eyeglasses and other necessary items.  School professionals determine which students receive Laptops for KidZ devices.  The Masons never learn the identity of recipients.

Laptops for KidZ devices are sent home with a flash drive to facilitate moving files back and forth between home and school.

Many recipient families qualify for Comcast’s $9.95/month Internet Essentials broadband access program.  LFK/MAF has partnered with Internet Essentials since 2011.

In its first five years of operation, Laptops for KidZ placed over 1,250 machines with families across Eastern Massachusetts.

 

Orleans Massachusetts
Net Literacy www.netliteracy.org

Net Literacy has donated over 32,000 computers to the families of students without a computer at home, schools, public libraries, afterschool programs, churches, community centers, and other nonprofits.

http://www.netliteracy.org/

Every Saturday, many schools gather to work together to repurpose thousands of computers in support of the Community Connects and Senior Connects programs. During weekdays, high schools and colleges also repurpose computers providing thousands of computers for schools.

Schools use the computers to build computer labs, place computers in the classrooms, and provide computers to families not having a computer at their home.

Student volunteers dispose of unusable computers in an EPA compliant manner, preventing computers and monitors from being delivered to landfills. This is especially important considering that the monitors that are buried in landfills have toxins that could potentially affect the quality of life of succeeding generations of Americans. Net Literacy is a Microsoft Authorized Refurbisher and installs Microsoft, Open Source, and other software on these computers.

Carmel Indiana
Our Children LA Our Children L.A.

Recognizing that over 70% of homeless youth use a smartphone and many others regularly access computers at libraries or other computer centers, Our Children LA provides mobile and web-based resources to help unaccompanied youth find the support they need to survive, especially those most vulnerable to poor life outcomes due to disease, disability, abandonment, neglect, abuse, poverty, trauma and adverse environmental conditions.

  1. Our Children LA offers the mobile and web-based technological methods to connect vulnerable children and youth to available support systems.
  2. Our Children LA uses technologies that are responsive to the needs of children and youth, low-barrier and accessible, and easy-to-use.
  3. Our Children LA strives to use tools that support ongoing efforts by providers and community-based systems to serve vulnerable children and youth.
  4. Our Children LA offers and maintains a free and accessible website to provide information to advocates, policymakers, nonprofits, foundations, and citizens on best practices and resources available to address youth homelessness.

Pacific Palisades California
People’s Resource Center PeoplesRC.org

The PRC Computer Access and Training Program provides free classes in computer skills and software, including Intro to Computers, Windows Fundamentals, Word, Excel and PowerPoint.

As a Microsoft Registered Refurbisher, PRC takes donated computers and refurbishes them for distribution to people who need a home computer.

The Dr. Fix-It program provides free repairs on home computers for PRC clients.

Wheaton Illinois
TechBoomers TechBoomers

Techboomers.com is a free educational website that teaches older adults and others with limited computer skills how to use the most popular websites and apps on the Internet.

Waterloo Ontario
TechnoCycle TechnoCycle

Within the for-profit company, Technocycle has a a community outreach program which provides a free computer to all incoming First Graders attending Berry Elementary, an Environmental Science Magnet School located in North East Houston. Each student receives  an Internet-enabled computer equipped with Windows 2007 operating system, Office 2007, Anti Virus software, and Internet Filtration Software.

Technocycle is working with outside sponsors to underwrite the cost of providing Internet access to the students, working with Berry Elementary, a non-profit organization.

Houston Texas
Technology System Solutions Technology System Solutions

Technology System Solutions (TSS) is a non-profit organization committed to helping the under-resourced neighborhoods, and the organizations that serve them, have access to and use of information and communication technology.

Premised on the belief that substantive, supported access to technology will be a powerful catalysts and incentive for all to pursue their life, education and employment goals, our mission is to ensure that all families regardless of income, have access to information technology and the capacity to take advantage of the academic, economic, and social opportunities that today’s technology affords.

Sanford North Carolina