- Showing up.
- Training ourselves.
- Commitment to doing the job well.
- Always trying to do better.
- Adjusting to changes:
- Changing times & developing technologies: When we started any computer we could boot was a good computer. Now we have minimums so that we can give a student a "homeowrk" computer. Also we standardized our protocols so that we know exactly what is going into a system.
- People: We have taken a hard look at the people we want to serve and we have focused on the 12-17 year old student. Our BEST equipment is always given to this group first. 1) because they haven't had a chance and 2) because it's the best bang for our buck.
- Money: Since we are not funded by church or state, we must spend what we have carefully and use the donated equipment in the best way(s).
- Space: We acquired the East building in 2008 because we were too crowded with stuff and people. Rose took a chance because we had the promise of George Brangoccio to bring his group to help. Nostalgia has brought 6-10 people who give 3-4 hours three times a week for 7 years ...this makes things move. And open the possibility to strive to do more, and we have. (See our annual count.)
- More Space: Fr. John Kauffman built a loft on the East side expanding our space from 1500 sf to 2200 sf. Big improvement. Work space, office and storage.
- Recycling: It can be a source of income and it's the right thing to do. We have had to educate ourselves in how, when and why we recycle because of the poor practices of opportunists we have the the hard way
1) 20 cents per pound is where it starts
2) Knowing the stuff ends up is our responsibility
3) How to get it there and be safe.
We take the computers apart for 1) Usable parts and 2) Recycling (prop___ or cash)
A computer as just a computer is worth 20 cents per pounds or $2-$5. The boards can be sold for as much as $5 per pound. So torn down equipment or computers can be worth $10 if handled properly.
- Glass & Plastics: Recycling of these materials costs us so we have had to learn how to negotiate in order to bring the material and not pay extra.
- Training: Only 5 of all the volunteers have come with a legitimate background in technology - all the rest had to be trained. These volunteers were willing to avail themselves in new thinking, learning logic, learning techniques, repetition and now they have competence for TechforAll and in their own experiences. Their good hearts are the reason for 5,000 computers to have been given away.
- Generosity: Beginning with Tom & David Gamel's gift of allowing us to be in their building at no charge. Survives because of good people (George, Linda, Gail, Velma, Jean, Sylvia, Pete, John, Mark) doing good things. Continues because of Volunteers learning, working and expanding themselves (Rod, Carol, Phil, Nostalgia and Newbies).
Looking back and thinking forward-