InterConnection.Org Bridging the Digital Divide

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Seattle non-profit InterConnection.Org offers low-income populations access to refurbished computers through their ‘Computers for Low-Income’ program. In order to expand the reach and availability of the program, the non-profit calls on local businesses and individuals to donate their computers in a Donation Drive on Saturday October 1st.

InterConnection’s ‘Computers for Low-Income’ program (http://www.interconnection.org) bridges the digital divide by offering refurbished computers to low-income populations. In order to expand the availability of these computers, InterConnection.Org needs computer donations from across the Puget Sound from companies and individuals to continue their mission. The non-profit invites everybody to participate in their Donation Drive and Laptop Sale on October 1st, 10am-5pm (http://www.interconnection.org/saledonationdrive_single_web.pdf).

As part of the grand opening of their new facility in Fremont, InterConnection.org invites the public to participate their Grand Opening Donation Drive and Laptop Sale on October 1st to support the program. So whether you are a person in need of an affordable computer or someone who wants to give their laptop or computer a second life by donating it to the non-profit, come to InterConnection.org on Saturday October 1st.

“Our organization is primarily funded by computer donations. Anything from our administration to our volunteer program to our local and international outreach relies on the donations we get in. We are proud that so many companies and individuals choose to donate laptops and computers to InterConnection.org, and we call on more donors to join us in bridging the digital divide,” director and founder, Charles Brennick says.

In an economy with a difficult job market, InterConnection’s low-income computer program helps bridging the digital divide for those most in need. Qualified low-income populations will be able to access technology, search for jobs online and write compelling resumes with a computer bought through the program. The low-income laptops and computers are equipped with a Wi-Fi card, ready to go online, and come with Windows and Windows Office Basic 2007.

Any donation provides direct support to InterConnection’s mission whether it is a newer laptop or an old monitor. InterConnection accepts all computers, monitors and TVs, but especially laptops less than five years old are valuable technology resources that can be refurbished and given new life as vital tools for people and humanitarian organizations around the world. Reusing a laptop is 20 times more effective in reducing greenhouse gases than recycling.

Once a computer arrives at InterConnection, its hard drive is wiped to remove any personal information, the computer gets refurbished, and restored with new software ready for delivery to an organization in need. The non-profit is an expert in IT Asset Management and Data Destruction and offers a suite of data destruction services to ensure secure data destruction. To find suitable recipients, InterConnection.org partners with organizations such as Peace Corps, World Vision and Microsoft Community Affairs and has shipped more than 25,000 computers to recipients in 40 different countries. “Every day, the digital divide grows bigger. Our new center is a massive improvement to our reuse program and we now have the capacity to triple the donations we receive,“ Brennick says.

Getting more computer donations is crucial to low-income populations in the Puget Sound and NGOs, small business owners, schools and students all over the world who are in need of technology and rely on non-profits such as InterConnection.

Give your computer a second life. Visit InterConnection on October 1, 2011.

Learn more about InterConnection and download a flyer about the Grand Opening Donation Drive and Laptop Sale at http://www.interconnection.org

Event Details
InterConnection Computer Reuse Center
Hours: 10am to 5 pm
3415 Stone Way
Seattle WA 98103

About InterConnection.org
InterConnection.org is a Seattle-based 501(c)3 non-profit organization with the mission to create opportunity for underserved people and communities around the world through computer re-use. Over the last 10 years InterConnection.org has shipped more than 25,000 donated computers to underserved organizations and individuals in Africa, Asia, South America, and the Puget Sound. Companies and individuals both large and small donate their surplus laptops and PCs to fuel this mission. Recent computer donors to InterConnection.org include Adobe, Alaska Airlines, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, CB Richard Ellis, Real Networks, Microsoft, Nintendo, Lane Powell, PATH, and Vulcan.

For more information, and media inquires please contact:
Charles Brennick, Director, InterConnection.org
e-mail: brennick(at)interconnection(dot)org
Tel: (206) 633-1517
3415 Stone Way North
Seattle, WA 98103

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