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Adaptive Computer Empowerment Services (ACES) was established in 1995 as an all-volunteer organization to refurbish or upgrade donated computer hardware and software and redistribute these items to individuals with disabilities. Volunteers and supporters empower low-income individuals with disabilities who have an interest in Internet access and communication. Primarily serves San Diego county residents. Qualified applicants can obtain a computer for a flat fee of $50.
The ACCRC collects and refurbishes old computers from businesses and individuals and provides technical training to disadvantaged individuals. The organization distributed about 500 Pentium-level computers last year to nonprofit organizations, schools, libraries, and economically disadvantaged individuals. The computers are free, but recipient pays the shipping charges. ACCRC designs its rebuilt computers to match the needs of recipients, with little or no cost to the recipient. It also provides a year of free repair and maintenance for all units distributed.
Alameda County Computer Resource Center
Contact: James Burgett, Founder & Executive Director
620 Page Street
Berkeley, CA 94710
Phone: (510) 528-4052
Fax: (510) 528-4053
CRC has collected, refurbished and redistributed over 100,000 computers to schools in the San Francisco Bay area since its founding. Their Computers and Education project provides loaner and free computers to schools and nonprofit organizations. The nonprofit agency has affiliate locations in Santa Clara, Santa Rosa, and San Francisco. Public schools or non profits must apply for a donated computer through the website. CRC also provides new and refurbished laptops to individuals for $200.
Collects and distributes older computers for school children and nonprofit organizations. It rents equipment on a deposit basis to nonprofit organizations and to children (K-12th grade). Serves Northern California area.
Computer Recycling Project
Contact: Richard Blackston
Phone: (415) 342-2244
Provides computers to schools, low-income school children, and low-income individuals with disabilities. They also work with non-profit organizations and provide adult education classes. Charge $60 per computer. Individuals must be able to pick up the computers. Only will negotiate transport for 10 or more computers.
Computers for Classrooms
Contact: Pat Furr
315 Huss Drive
Chico, CA 95928
Phone: (530) 895-4175
Computers for People Program (CFPP):
A program through Tri-County Independent Living (serving Humboldt, Del Norte and Trinity counties) that provides refurbished computers to people with disabilities. They ask for a $50 donation to cover program expenses. All the computers are donated desktop PCs, Pentium 4 or better. The computers are refurbished and reloaded with a licensed Windows XP operating system and Microsoft Security Essentials (comprehensive Anti Malware & Spyware protection). They do not provide Tech support or repairs of any kind.
Only California residents of Humboldt, Del Norte and Trinity counties are eligible for the program. There is a significant wait list for the program. Please contact for application form and wait list times.
Tri-County Independent Living Contact: Erik Van Orden
E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Phone: (707) 445-8404
Consumers can purchase low-cost, refurbished computers at the Goodwill store. Goodwill also uses computers in a work-training program for people with disabilities who are looking to enter the job market. Adaptive computer technology is provided for use in the Goodwill service center.
COMPUTERS FOR SCHOOLS
Phone: (800) 939-6000
Partner Website: www.pcsforschools.org/partners/JimMullenForm.html
The MCRC is the North Bay affiliate of the Alameda County Computer Resource Center operation. The facility staff collects and refurbishes old computers from businesses and individuals. The organization distributed about 500 computers to nonprofit organizations, schools, and libraries last year. MCRC designs its rebuilt computers to match the needs of recipients, with little or no cost to the recipient. It also provides a year of free repair and maintenance for all units distributed.
Marin Computer Resource Center
42 Digital Drive, Suite 3
Nevato, CA 94949
Phone: (415) 883-1428
A project of the Marcus A. Foster Educational Institute, this nonprofit, school-run program finds and recycles computers. OTX-West provides classroom computers to the Oakland Unified School District and home computers to Oakland Unified middle and high school students’ homes. Although they primarily focus on youth, OTX-West also will provide computers to people with disabilities who live in Oakland. Each computer is tested and loaded with legal and appropriate software for its intended use.
Project Endeavor distributes notebook computers and one year of free broadband Internet access to individuals who can demonstrate that they have a hearing loss in both ears of 40 DB or greater. The individual must be 17 years old or older, they must be a legal resident or U.S. citizen, and they must demonstrate that they are low-income. The individual must submit a completed application by fax or e-mail to Project Endeavor and must pay a $250 fee to receive the computer and Internet service.
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