She started on a shoestring and a smile....and a kind of 'little girl' optimism that doing something small could make something big happen. Never mind there were no funds and only a kitchen table full of computer parts with nowhere to go. That was 1999. And that was Rose Keating.
Ten years later, Tech For All is a leader in computer restoration, and a testament to the yearning that lies in all of us: to help change lives for the better, to re-use materials that have value, and to be among the good people who do good works.
- Larry McLaughlin becomes the first volunteer
- Gary Myers donates his building for our first home
- Friends help name and define Tech For All
- More talented and loyal volunteers join to make the journey with us
- We move to incredible space through the generosity of Tom and David Gamel
- The Nostalgia Team arrives to do the heavy lifting
- We are on the web: denvertechforall.org - thanks to Daina
- MINORU YASUI AWARD puts us in the Rocky Mountain News
- Volunteers step-up for training, reconditioning, and giveaways
- Channel 7's EVERYDAY HERO puts us on TV
………We continue to thrive in our home at ARTCRAFT SIGNSIn the short span of a decade, Tech For All has given out over 2200 refurbished computers, now averaging 15 to 20 computers a week. These go to children whose families cannot buy the tools that will prepare them for school and subsequently, the job market. With advances in technology, Tech For All has had to dig deeper into our meager coffers to buy RAM to upgrade these machines, something we did not have to buy in previous years. Money from recycling parts does not cover expenses any longer.
And now, what are the challenges that lie ahead?
- Money. Every donation goes to equipment.
- Volunteers. This is a hands-on, hearts-on endeavor.
- Equipment. Companies and individuals must donate used computers.
*If you prefer, buy some RAM at Action Computers and bring it to Tech For All.