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Over 150 refurbished computers to be donated to locale students
Published on Thu, Dec 20, 2012 (1:07 p.m.)Back in April of this year Computers for Kids, (CFK) a non-profit organization, proudly announced its first Las Vegas Computer recycling event. Thanks to the support of the community over 150 computers were donated and refurbished for Nevada students. On December 22nd from 9:30am to 12:00pm CFK will hold its first distribution event, the first of many. CFK, located in Boise, Idaho, donated 1600 computers to Las Vegas kids in the last 2 years. In April this year they opened their second shop in Las Vegas. It is the goal of Computers for Kids to distribute 7,000 refurbished computers to Nevada students over the next year. CFK relies heavily on donations and invites the Las Vegas community to help achieve its goal and drop off all types of no longer used electronic devices, except for televisions. The students will receive valuable technology experience, donations will receive a charitable tax deduction, and less electronics will be going to the landfills.
Computers for Kids’ (CFK) mission is to offer students in grades K–14, the opportunity to enhance their education through the use of technology at home. CFK receives donated computers from individuals and businesses, then repairs and refurbishes them for distribution to students for their use at home, nonprofit organizations, and schools as requested. All computer systems are provided as complete packages, ready for use by the recipient. Training sessions are provided if students need instruction on the operation and maintenance of their computer. Free technical support is provided to ensure that the students are getting full benefit of their computers. Student interns from local school programs assist with programming and tech service needs, gaining real-life experience in computer sciences. Computer systems that are not able to be refurbished are stripped of working parts for use in other systems. Any remaining unusable parts are then recycled through an R2 recycler. Over 25,000 computers have been donated to students since 2002 and recycled over 1,400 tons of computers, monitors, and computer equipment to date. Donations of computer equipment and software programs for CFK's program are received from individuals, schools and government agencies. Our donation program helps to address the growing problem of older computer systems being discarded to the landfill or shelved and unused, taking up warehouse space. It also provides a tax credit opportunity for the donors.
Computers for Kids invites Las Vegans to drop off no longer used computers and computer equipment. Tuesday-Friday 9am to 5pm and Saturday 9am to 2pm weekly.