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Bridging the Digital Divide

"No child or family in Northwest Ohio should be left behind in the digital divide"

Technological Empowerment: Our mission is to reduce the electronic waste in our landfills by taking donations of computers and related accessories and refurbishing them to distribute them to individuals, charities and non-profits in need. Bridging the digital divide by providing these basic tools is a crucial and often overlooked step in helping people to succeed in today’s world and overcome many obstacles in life.
•Each year, Americans dispose of roughly 250 million computers and Electronics. Only 11.4% of e-waste in this country is properly recycled and it is the fastest growing waste stream in the United States. • Computers contain dangerous toxins from lead, cadmium, mercury and other hazardous materials which if not properly disposed, will leak into our environment. • We recycle your computer equipment at no cost to you and reduce the impact on the environment by refurbishing and providing the gift of technology to families and charities in need!

Reduce Reuse Recycle Refurbish

252 South Main Street Bowling Green, Ohio 43402 419-373-0144 computersforcharity@gmail.com

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Every computer dumped into a landfill represents a missed opportunity to provide Information-Age tools to individuals and organizations across the digital divide.
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V O L U NT E E RS WAN T E D
• COMPUTER TECHNICIANS • OFFICE ADMINISTRATORS • MARKETING SPECIALISTS • AUDIO/VIDEO TECHNICIANS • COMPUTER TEACHERS • GRANT WRITERS

ENVIRONMENTAL We work to promote recycling, promote reuse, and to promote awareness of the environmental impact of improperly disposed electronic waste. We also strive to help organizations cut costs and utilize their technology resources more efficiently. ECONOMICAL W e p r o v i d e a c o s t e ff e c t i v e a l t e r n a t i v e to commercial software and the support and expertise to assist in the migration to Open Source alternatives. This provides a solution to the long t e r m c os t o f h a r d w a r e u p g r a d e s t h a t are required to keep up with the resource demands of commercial s o ft w a r e . E D U C AT I O N A L Our goal is to spread quality, foundational and comprehensive literacy about computer technology and Open Source software, through providing training and workshops as needed. We also provide computers designed specifically for children to familiarize them with computer technology and provide a framework to enhance their education.

Do the PC thing: donate your current equipment for reuse. Reusing computers benefits communities, helps us use valuable materials wisely, and keeps working PCs out of landfills.

Don't dispose IT, Donate IT!
C O M P U T E R S A N D E D U C AT I O N Children who have computers at home have a mean score in mathematics of 514 points compared to 453 points. Children without access to computers at home score one proficiency level below those who do have access to computers. Students who have access to technology score higher on the SAT. Access to a home computer increases the likelihood that children will graduate from high school. Statistically, the handicapped show a measurable cognitive benefit form having access to a computer.

R A C E A N D E C O N O M I C FA C TO R S Studies have shown that level of technological preparedness varies significantly by race and economic status. Only 50.6 percent of African Americans and 48.7 percent of Latinos have access to home computers, compared with 74.6 percent of Caucasians. It is projected that from 2008 to 2016 there will be a 29% increase in workforce demands for computer system analysts, a 37% increase in demand for jobs for database administrators, and a 38% increase in the availability of jobs for software engineers. Jobs in the information technology sector pay almost 80 percent more than the average private sector wage. Despite increasing demands, women and minorities remain underrepresented in computing fields.

W e a r e c o l l e c t i n g c o m p u t e r s , a c c e s s o r i e s , p a r t s a n d s o ft w a r e a n d t e s t i n g a n d d o i n g r e p a i r w o r k t o c r e a t e f u n c t i o n a l s y s t e m s t h a t a r e t h e n do n a t e d t o w o r t h w h i l e c a u s e s a n d individuals for free. Join our team! Visit: computersforcharity.webs.com for our calendar of events and tech meetings

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