If you haven’t checked out our Tech For All website lately, you’re missing a lot of info about our activities, as well as some tips and valuable learning tools that may help you keep things running smoothly at your desktop. But in addition you can read on-going updates on how we’re doing and the challenges were facing in our mission of making computers available to people who cannot afford this now-essential equipment.
Here’s an example: When we started, it took Tech For All eight years to reach the one thousand mark in the number of computers we cleaned up and gave away. But guess how long it has taken us to reach TWO THOUSAND? Only 24 months! That’s a real tribute to our exceptional army of volunteers who have learned not only to RECYCLE used computers, but also how to UPGRADE them! You see, as technology has developed and expanded in recent years, it’s important that we give young people and competent adults computers that can do the work according to today’s standards. That means upgrading better used computers with enough memory and other capabilities that make them really useful…and that costs money.
Now were lucky enough to have a couple of suppliers who give us a break on equipment we have to buy. But we have to spend our own money – from $50 to $100 on each computer – to bring it up to enough “fire power” to get the job done. By making that relatively small investment, we end up with a machine that can be valued at $500 to $700. Good enough to do excellent school work. Smart enough to be a career builder.
Trouble is, some funding sources are drying up right now. Certain grants are no longer available. Some benefactors are taking a breather. We need to scramble to collect the money to upgrade. So if you are able to help us with “upgrading money”, we would be much obliged!
Good things are happening though. We are reaching out to other parts of the state! The Spanish Peaks Library Project gave us an opportunity to meet some fine folks in Walsenburg, and we delivered 24 refurbished computers, ready for the people to use until their library can afford to buy the equipment they want. It took many volunteer hours, and the aforementioned additional hardware like RAM memory and hard drives, but we got the job done.
We continue to be grateful to Tom and David Gamel for their generous donation in providing a home for us. This office space has been a godsend that has helped us grow and put into place new efficiencies. We’ve even added a 12-station computer lab so that we can make training available in a class setting.
This is just a thumbnail of the many things happening at Tech For All. And we’re anxious to tell you about the rest. So…….
Enclosed is your invitation to our 5th Annual Independence Day Party. We want you here! Your coming will encourage our hard-working volunteers and enlighten your understanding of what we’re about in this, our tenth year of Tech For All. We thank you for your encouragement and support, and we want you to know it’s much appreciated!
Hope to see you on the 5th,
Rose Keating - Director
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.'