Thursday, October 17, 2013

BIG NEWS! We are Expanding to a Second Location!

It's official, we are moving to Las Vegas. 

We recently entered into a contest to win $1 dollar office space for a month hosted by, The Glenn Group. They could not decide on just one winner so they choose two and, we feel honored to be one of those winners. Our Co-Founders, Gabe Middleton and James Jack will be moving into The Glenn Group office space in Las Vegas by November 1st. We are looking forward to repeating our successful model to empower those in need through the use of technology. We feel that there is no better way to enter into the Las Vegas community than to donate __ computers and we cannot wait to start increasing that number.

 Watch the Downtown Podcast to find our how many computers we plan to donate 
Our CEO James Jack's big debut is around 2:00 minutes

It is hard to believe that it has been a little over a year since we began this organization and now here we are. As cliche as this might sound, our dreams are coming true. A big thank you to our supportive network that has helped to make this all possible, we would not be here without your encouragement and inspirational stories. 

We will be updating the blog on our new journey and expansion so be on a look out to find out more! 

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

The Challenge

ANSWER: 83 Million people still do not have a computer in the United States 

With that number in mind consider this, at least 112,000 computers are thrown away every single day. 

Those disposed of computers could have been reused as a tool to educate a young student, assist a single mother trying to go back to school, or perhaps it could have spurred some curiosity in a child.

What you can do to help: GET THE WORD OUT!!! 

The majority of the time these computers are thrown away because people are unaware that we exist.

We are asking our readers to participate in a small challenge. Next time you're at the office, school or maybe even a family event, find out how your company, child's school or family members dispose of their electronic waste. If they have their old electronics sitting somewhere in the attic or are thinking about throwing it in the dumpster, mention Computers for a Cause as an alternative & progressive option. We strongly believe that Computers for a Cause is a communal effort and we greatly value the support gain from our readers.

We want to sincerely thank our readers; the fact that you are keeping up with our postings means the world to us.

Thank you for listening & we hope you have accepted this challenge!

- Computers for a Cause team

Friday, August 16, 2013

Cheers to many more years to come!

It is our 1 year anniversary! 

It is hard to believe that only a few years ago the business plan for Computers for a Cause all began on our Co-Founders couch, and has since flourished into a prospering nonprofit organization. In the coming months we hope to further our success by donating up to 400 computers, moving our equipment into a larger warehouse and establishing a branch in San Francisco. 

    We would not be where we are today without the help and support from people like yourself.

A note from our CEO, Gabe Middleton, "It has been exactly one year and one day since we were incorporated! A heartfelt THANK YOU goes out to all who have helped us along the way in promoting our mission of shrinking the digital divide. We have seen so much proof that great people exist all across this country. We could not have done it without you! Many more great years to come. Thank you again!"

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

How volunteering can be more than just good karma

Results from a Deloitte survey have indicated that skills-based volunteering puts a person at an advantage in the job market. Perspective employers value the experience someone has gained compensated or not. No matter the job, internship, or volunteerism, you cannot put a price on the valuable experience gained. 

“My experience interning with Computers for a Cause has been extremely beneficial.” So says Sheridan Davis our Marketing lead intern.  Sheridan is in her senior year as an undergrad at California State University, Chico and goes on to say, “Not only have I gained a greater insight into the administrative details of business operations but I have also grown more confident in my skills as a young professional.  What I have enjoyed the most about interning for Computers for a Cause is how the organizations embraces creativity and is open minded to new ideas. As a result of this freedom, I have been able to apply my ideas to projects that have a direct affect on our organization. To summarize, this internship has allowed my skills and ideas to flourish, additionally, it has been very rewarding to give back to those who are in need.” 

As you can see we aren’t fibbing - interning or volunteering at a nonprofit has its share of benefits. If you or someone you know are currently looking for a job why not consider volunteering?  

“Most HR executives view volunteering as a positive contributor to the internal and, especially, external reputation of the organization” (Deloitte, 2013). 

The Deloitte survey also indicated that 81% of HR executives who are in the decision making process are likely to find a college graduate with skilled volunteering to be more desirable. 

At Computers for a Cause we value diversity and offer an array of volunteer opportunities to suite your interest. From marketing, sales, community affairs, tech support, administrative work or warehouse handling, we are sure to have something for you. 

Find the full executive summary of the Deloitte Survey here

Thursday, August 1, 2013

REUSE before you recycle

I think it is safe to say we have all (hopefully) recycled at least once in our lives. No matter the form, everything from passing an old pair of jeans down to your younger sister to throwing a banana peel into the compost pile, you've recycled.

At Computers for a Cause we believe in taking recycling a step further by repurposing them. We believing reusing items is the most progressive approach to waste management.

Why you might ask?

Because it allows you the chance to take your creativity up a notch. With an items past life in mind, your real challenge  comes when you alter it by giving it another purpose and a second chance at life. These are often the most original creations, whether it is furniture or clothing, each has a unique story. In addition it cuts down on our ever growing waste flowing into our landfills.
Consider this: the average individual generates 4.40 pounds of waste per day and in 2011 Americans produced 250 million tons of municipal solid waste (EPA, 2011).

Lets take the pledge to cut down on this waste by REUSING before RECYCLING.

Need help thinking of ways in which you can commit to this pledge? If you have any electronics broken or unbroken collecting dust in the attic then we've got a solution for you!

Donate to Computers for a Cause and give yourself the opportunity to make a difference in the community by donating your unwanted electronics so they may have the opportunity to be reused by others.

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Examples of repurposed items can be found at:

EPA article:

Monday, July 29, 2013

How volunteering can be fun and educational

What better way to spend volunteer hours than to learn all about computers? 

Not only did our recent volunteer Alexander, fulfilled his Boy Scouts Merit Badge hours, but he had a great time while doing it! His love for computers and technology showed and we hope his day of volunteering provided him with better insight into the “tech world.” 

Two thumbs up for volunteers!

Someone who had 3 hours of volunteer time could: 
- Refurbish several computers
- Learn more about computer components
- Research computer/electronic specs
- Process equipment donations
- Issue receipts to donors and donees
- Write correspondence for management
- Call perspective donors
- Schedule pickups and drop offs

If you are interested in volunteering check out our website to learn more about how you can give back to your community and learn about computers while doing it! 

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Why we do what we do Wednesday

In our recent donation we fulfilled the complete computer request of Calanda. As we were setting up her computer we noticed she had "The Keys to Life" on her wall.  Cut out from a magazine were the nine keys to life: beginnings, teamwork, determination, growth, strategy, resolve, instinct, plan & reflection.

Calanda lives within her means and requested a computer to help in her studies, with hopes to become a teacher or mentor for young people.

Despite any hardship this woman has had to endure in her life she overcomes her struggles by finding inspiration and strength in her "keys to life."

This is why we do what we do at Computers for a Cause.

Many people around the world are just like Calanda, they possess such characteristics but they lack the tools they need to fully apply these skills.

That's where you come in.

donate your unwanted electronics  to Computers for a Cause! Any little bit helps.

Gabe, Calanda & Aaron 
Thank you Calanda for inspiring us at Computers for a Cause!