OUR STORY ... Perhaps it takes someone who knows computers like the back of her hand-someone who was one of the only women in the country in the technical end of computers back in the "dark ages". She knew from her experience that she wanted to make sure that people in all walks of life would not be left behind. Hence TECH FOR ALL .
Teaching classes through the Denver Public Library on computer savvy and skills, and dealing with almost 3000 people, she began to think about making her dream become a reality. She began taking in older computers that people and businesses were discarding, and rebuilding them using her own money. It took from $10 to $125, and up to 12 hours of work per machine. She knew children, mostly junior high school age, who did not have a computer. Their families did not have the means to give their young children the opportunity to learn computer skills that would help them compete at school and later, at a job.
Rose gave the rebuilt computers to these families…only 7 in 1999---greater numbers in the new millennium, and in the last 18 months a total of 176 families received computers. As this project became bigger, Rose knew she had to have a formalized way of doing this important work. Large companies were interested in giving her equipment that was being replaced, but had to have the legitimacy of a non-profit foundation in order to receive a tax write-off for the donation. Then we needed a home. Through an amazing set of circumstances Tom and David Gamel found room forTECH FOR ALL in their building at Artcraft Signs.
In 2005 we experienced amazing growth / changes and we were able to give away 271 computers passing that psychological barrier of 500 units given away. This was achieved because of the volunteers stepping up and making it happen. 2006 has been exciting with a real leap in numbers, passing 750, and true commitment in our volunteers.
This brings us to today---to TECH FOR ALL and to a wonderful "recycling" opportunity that deserves your enthusiastic encouragement and support. Working together we can make a difference in someone's life.
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.'