Non-profit restores, donates computers
With the ever-changing world of technology, some people find themselves wanting to catch up on computer skills, but they cannot afford a computer.
That's where Computer Literacy Resources can come to the rescue. A non-profit organization, Computer Literacy Resources is made up of a group of retired men who worked primarily for computer companies during their careers. They take old computers, refurbish them, and give them away to people who need them.
Just this past week, Computer Literacy Resources gave away its 500th computer to Prescott Head Start.
"It's going to be in the classroom for children," said Prescott Head Start kitchen manager Nora Jenkins, who picked up the computer. "We have some educational CD-ROMS with literacy, a little bit of math and a little bit of science."
Head Start is trying to put at least one computer in every classroom, Jenkins continued. Computer Literacy Resources has helped to make this possible.
Bruce Stull, the non-profit's coordinator, said his organization gives away several computers every three to four weeks. New Horizons, the Boys and Girls Club, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, Catholic Social Services, and Church on the Street have all benefited from Computer Literacy Resource's donations.
However, the group of men also gives computers to individuals.
"Primarily, it helps several groups of people," said Al Hotchkiss, a technician at the organization who used to work for IBM. "One group would be single-parent families whose kids need some type of computer for middle or high school."
The group also donates computers to senior citizens who want to become more familiar with computers, as well as to people who have never owned a computer before, Hotchkiss continued.
"This gives them the opportunity to get a computer for no cost, with a try-before-you-buy type of situation," he said.
Stull said the organization began six years ago. He received a license to install the computers with Windows XP, along with numerous other licenses he needed to run his establishment.
Stull said that Computer Literacy Resources is a way he and his colleagues can give back to the community.
"We're all retired. If you just sit in a rocking chair, you will sit and die," Stull said.
For more information on Computer Literacy Resources, call 541-1373.