Last month I decided to clean out my growing collection of PCs, keyboards, and other electronics. Not wanting to send it to the land fill, it’s been just collecting while I figure out what to do with it. Eventually I gave it to an e-recycling center, the kind that sets up for a day in the big-box parking lot. They told me that after they pull the more valuable parts, the rest will be ground up and made into park benches and the like. But recently I found out about a solution that was WAY better and being done right here by HBA… The TCC Computer Club’s “Computers for Student Success” at Tidewater Community College. This program accepts unwanted computers, wipes the hard drives, and gives them new life before turning over to students in need. According to the program director, the first year the club started, they refurbished and issued 200 computers. Recently that number has topped 1,000 and this year they are shooting for 1,200. Not only are the overhauled machines going to the student body, but the program has provided the same service to deserving community programs, community members, and a local women’s shelter.
This year HBA donated 7 CPUs, a laptop, 10 CRT monitors, and 2 LCD monitors, and we’re happy to spread the word on this excellent local program.
Donations are accepted 25 hours a week, from 12 pm to 5 pm, Monday through Friday. For more information see the program’s Facebook fan page at www.facebook.com/computersforstudentsuccess
– Andy Craven
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