- Published: Wednesday, October 07, 2015 03:24 PM
Computer Banc opened its 1,100 square foot facility Wednesday to give local officials and educators a look into how it refurbishes donated computers and how those computers lead to improved lives for their recipients.
“Giving someone the tools to learn and better themselves is a powerful way to fight poverty and improve our communities. By recycling and repurposing this technology and making it readily available, Computer Banc is having an enormous positive impact in people’s lives.” State Senator Andy Manar (D-Bunker Hill) said.
Computer Banc has built partnerships with local business and governments to take unused computers and give them new life by updating the machines and selling them at low cost to families, veterans and seniors.
“We have a large footprint in the community with multiple missions. Besides just providing computers, we’re involved in teaching, community volunteering and workforce training. We have a pretty robust website with a shopping cart that lets qualified individuals purchase affordable computers,” Computer Banc Executive Director David Fowler said.
Computer Banc also partners with schools and community organizations to provide low-cost computers. This includes a partnership with Decatur Public Schools dating to 2006 as well as schools throughout the state.
The organization is also an authorized non-profit Microsoft refurbisher, meaning it is officially licensed to repurposes computers with up-to-date windows software.
Besides refurbishing used machines, Computer Banc has developed its own line of affordable laptops tailored for schools. These CBooks are designed to be an alternative to Google Chromebooks, which cost more and require additional registration fees.