Used Computers Archives
A place to donate used computers
We received this from a friend:
I've just learned about First Time Computers, a non-profit organization in Washington that rehabs donated computers and makes them available to low-income families in the Washington area. A family which could not otherwise afford a computer is given a refurbished computer and appropriate training to use it for a nominal fee of $25. Currently the waiting list far outnumbers the computers, and the average wait is about 3-4 months for each family.
If you or someone you know is upgrading their computer(s) this holiday season, this is a great place to donate used equipment. The website is www.firsttimecomputers.org. There's specific information about what they accept (basically Pentium II or later models, 266 megahertz or faster) as well as a list other related equipment (laptops, monitors, keyboards,etc.) which they can use. They also accept donations of groups of computers (when an office upgrades) and have the means to pick up larger donations.They are able to advise you on how to wipe any personal information from your computer before donation, or will do that for you if you prefer.
The director is Lowell Dodge, who's happy to answer any questions. His phone number is 202-966-0140.
First Time Computers, a 501(c)(3), 6407 32nd St NW, Washington, DC 20015, 202-966-0140
To arrange for a pickup email them at firstname.lastname@example.org describing what you would like to donate, and indicating when you would like a pickup.