Computers For Low Income Families is a page I started in 2008, because I understand not everyone can afford to buy a computer. So I have searched high and low to find all the resources I can to help families in need to obtain a computer that otherwise could not due to many reasons.
Computers 4 Kids (C4K) Is an organization which may provide computers to low income families with kids who cannot afford or do not have a computer. Located throughout the US in various communities. Some organizations will provide education and training. You MUST check with the actual organization to verify what exactly they provide and to whom. As with any organization you must qualify according to their guidelines – various rules do apply. Unfortunately, Computers 4 Kids is not a national organization, rather a community sponsored organization. Therefore, the organization does NOT have a national database and each office has to be located individually. Some use the C4K name, others do not. All time, services, labor, and computers are donated by their respective community.
C4K - Charlottesville, Virginia – http://www.computers4kids.net/
Free byte- Free Computers http://www.freebyte.com/free_computers/
Freecycle - hook up with someone in your neighborhood http://www.freecycle.org/
C4K- Kentucky http://education.ky.gov/districts/tech/pages/best-appropriate-use.aspx
C4K – California http://www.c4konline.org/
Computer Recycling Center - Computers Available for Teachers, Public Schools, and Nonprofits http://www.crc.org/
COMPUTERS FOR YOUTH - NYC/PHILADELPHIA http://cfy.org/
Get a home computer for under $200!
(NY, NJ, and PA) http://perscholas.org/
Alachua Free-Net Computer Recycling Program- http://www.afn.org/~recycle/
(Florida) Requests for computers are considered on a case-by-case basis by the AFN Computer Recycling Program volunteers. Some of the areas used for determination are as follows:
- Priority is given to local community organizations
- Non-profit organizations
- Individuals with disabilities
- Hardships where it is demonstrated that the computer would enhance the person’s life
Castaway Computers, Inc.
(Wisconsin) They accept donated computer equipment and software from companies, refurbish the equipment, load available software, and upgrade the equipment. Castaway donates the computers to individuals, families, schools, charities, and agencies including religious, scouting, genealogical, historical, and other nonprofit entities. (414) 221-3442 -http://castawaycomputers.org/
Computers for Families (CFF)
(Virginia) Computers for Families is a not for profit organization founded to place computer systems with and provide computer information access to individuals who can not afford a computer system. Currently they are only able to help families in the SW Virginia localities. 540-745-6340
Computers for Homebound and Isolated Persons -http://www.knoxseniors.org/chips.html
(Tennessee) CHIPS is a non-profit project aimed at reducing the social isolation of persons who are home bound, by providing a computer and free Internet access through KORRnet, who manages the project. The primary participants in this project are persons who are elderly, or caregivers, although some recipients are also disabled and home bound.
First Chance Project http://www.ruralwomyn.net/firstchance.html First Chance will locate used computer equipment and transfer it to rural women who do not have computers in their own home. Telephone: 720 855 0501
Florida Alliance for Assistive Services and Technology (FAAST) http://www.faast.org/
(Florida) FAAST envisions a seamless supportive partnership between Florida business and government to provide assistive technology products and services which will enable persons with disabilities to participate in independent living, education, work and recreation from birth to death. 1-888-788-9216
Free Computers- http://www.wherevergodwills.org/free_computers.htm
(Michigan) They place computers in homes (in low-income Grand Rapids neighborhoods) that could not otherwise afford one. To qualify for a computer, you must complete ten (10) hours of service to your community
(Oregon) FREE GEEK is a 501(c)(3) not for profit community organization that recycles used technology to provide computers, education, internet access and job skills training to those in need in exchange for community service.
Computer Help) DANIWE-http://www.daniweb.com/forums/
How to step by step, completely clean your computer. Free downloads and EXPERT advice!
Free Online Virus Scan http://housecall.trendmicro.com/us/index.html
This internet program scans your computer for viruses. often more updated than software you purchase and/or update regularly.
Friends of Disabled Adults and Children (FODAC)
(Georgia) Provides medical equipment to disabled people in the metro Atlanta area who can not afford it.
GiveTech – http://www.givetech.org/
Help for financially disadvantaged people with severe physical disabilities to get a computer. 415.750.2576
Head and Heart Foundation of Dallas and Fort Worth- http://www.headandheart.org/
(Texas) The Head and Heart Foundation of Dallas and Fort Worth Provides: Computer Hardware; Technical Assistance; and Information to the physically disabled in the Dallas and Fort Worth area.
Illinois Assistive Technology Program- http://www.iltech.org/
(Illinois) Illinois Assistive Technology Program (IATP) is a not-for-profit agency that promotes the availability of assistive technology (AT) services and programs for people with disabilities. 217-522-7985 voice 217-522-9966
Santa Barbara Computers for Families http://www.sbceo.org/~sbceocff/
(California) The Computers for Families project is providing computers, Internet access and training for Santa Barbara County students with families who can’t afford to buy one. They believe that access to technology at home is critical to building the skills essential for success in the 21st century. (805)964-4711 x5400
Southern Arizona’s Computer Bank http://www.sawcb.org/
(Arizona) SACB is a community-based, non-profit 501(c)(3), charitable and educational organization, that helps those who are less fortunate. We acquire, upgrade and donate computers, and printers to under-privileged students K-12, who live in Southern Arizona.
Technology Assisting People In Need http://www.tapin.org/
(Ohio) TAPIN focuses on serving individuals who are economically disadvantaged or disabled, and who could benefit by owning a computer, and the agencies which serve them.
The Pennsylvania Assistive Technology Foundation (PATF) http://www.assistive-technology4pa.org/
(Pennsylvania) A nonprofit organization that helps provide financing opportunities to individuals with disabilities and elder Pennsylvanians for the purchase of assistive technology devices and services.
(Rochester, NY) Free and Low-cost Refurbished Computers Available Now Through Micrecycle:
- Computers for Education Back-To-School Promotion
Location: Micrecycle, 98 College Ave., Rochester, NY 14607
Computers for Children - Buffalo, NY
Computers For Children www.computersforchildren.com
701 Seneca Street, Suite 601, Buffalo, NY 14210. (716) 823-7248, x500.
Hours: Monday – Thursday 10-6 pm
Refurbished computers from $99 and up!
All are loaded with Windows OS, Open Office, and antivirus software
Pentium 4 or faster desktop unit, Keyboard, Mouse, LCD monitor, speakers.
All systems are internet ready. Computers For Children takes in computers from individuals, businesses & organizations & refurbishes (upgrades) them. Some computers are donated to area schools and organizations. Others are sold through CFC’s office or area Goodwill or City Mission thrift stores. CFC also provides training to youth in computer refurbishment skills and software training, LEGO® Mindstorm robotics, team building program, and TechMasters Summer Academy. Computer & cash donations accepted. Volunteer opportunities available.
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