It’s difficult now to imagine a world without computers. For most of us, our lives revolve around them…for essential work tasks, for staying in touch with friends and family, for searching out information. All businesses and giant corporations rely on computer networks, and – let’s face it – you don’t get a meaningful job without a broad range of computer skills. Yes, a world without computers is unthinkable, and yet many disadvantaged people are cut off from the opportunity to learn about, utilize and benefit from this amazing technology that is now so commonplace.
In 1999, Rose Keating couldn’t stop thinking about the unthinkable! Here she sat with a kitchen table full of used computer parts that nobody wanted, while outside, school kids walked by who, left to their family circumstances, didn’t have a prayer of owning their own computers. Three young boys in particular caught her attention.
It was no trick for Rose to assemble three computers. Here was a professional computer programmer with years of specialized training – one of the few women in the country to know the technical end of computers inside and out. She approached the boys, asked if they would each like a free computer, and told them to bring their parents to give their consent. The next day, the fathers of these three boys came to Rose’s house, all dressed up, hair slicked back, shoes spitpolished, to find out if this could really be true.
It was. And Tech For All was born.
Tech For All is a 501-c3 Not For Profit Foundation. At this writing, well over 1800 computers have been rebuilt and placed with qualified families.
Individuals and businesses continue to donate used equipment as they upgrade their own hardware.
A staff of trained volunteers collects, catalogs, cleans and assembles components. Financial donations provide for needed parts and other associated costs. Meanwhile, Rose Keating shares her considerable expertise as a docent at Denver Public Libraries, holding popular classes for training Seniors in the use of computers and giving presentations about technology.
Tech For All is very proud of its partnership with Goddard Elementary School in Littleton.
All students at Goddard now have home computers that are coordinated with the school computer system. Children can do work at home and print it at school. Goddard reports that this has resulted in a substantial improvement in grades.
Rose Keating is a 2007 recipient of the Minoru Yasui Award and is a Channel 7 Everyday Hero.
Founder of Tech for All
... loves to cycle and buildyourtour.com, working with her husband at Colorado Pharmacists Society and being Tech for All's 'web-ster.'