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Donating computer can benefit others

November 18th, 2011 11:35 am by Staff Report

As we told you earlier this week, Keep Johnson City Beautiful has partnered with the city’s Solid Waste Division and Information Technology Department to donate refurbished computers to 12 local students. The computers were refurbished through the city’s The PC 4 Me program, which restores old computers for the classroom.
Some of these refurbished computers were among the electronic items (which include old cell phones, printers and monitors) dropped off at the city’s recycling center. You can dispose of your old computers and other electronics at the Solid Waste Services Complex, 91 New St., weekdays from 6 a.m. until 5 p.m.
There are many good reasons for donating your old computer to a charity. The most obvious is it saves cash-starved nonprofit organizations and schools from having to spend what little money they have on new computers, printers and keyboards. That’s money charities can better spend on programs for the people they serve.
It makes little sense to toss a working computer into a recycling bin if it has some life left. It also makes no sense to leave an operational printer or computer monitor to collect dust in a basement. Contact your favorite charity to see if it might have a use for your old computer equipment.
Computers with Causes can also help you find a suitable home for that retired computer. The organization evaluates every donation and, if feasible, will repair or refurbish computers for placement into an school, library or other cause it supports. For more information about the organization, go to www.computerswithcauses.org.
A few suggestions for donating from Computers with Causes’ website include:
Only donate computers that are less than five years old, in good working condition and Internet-capable.  
Donate your old computer within a few months after buying your new one. The sooner the better.
And remember you may be eligible for a tax break if you donate that old computer to a library, school or a nonprofit program.

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