Week 4 with Duquesne University Volunteers

  This past Friday, we had our fourth workday with volunteers from Duquesne University. You can read about weeks one, two and three in these posts. On February 22nd, We had 2 faculty members and 7 students working at our warehouse. We went beyond de-manufacturing and showed the students our procedures for imaging Macs with Deploy Studio. Many thanks to the students for helping to load 50+ boxes for movement between our South Side and Point Breeze recycling locations. Inspired to help? Sign up to volunteer with us on the last Saturday...

New Saturday Volunteer Time

We're very excited to announce a new year-round site for recycling on the last Saturday of every month. You can now join us at ITT Technical Institute in Tarentum (behind the Pittsburgh Mills Mall).   Several people have requested advanced notice of our Saturday recycling events so they can set their calendars and commit to a few hours on a weekend far in advance. Now, with this new location, you can do just that! Visit this poll to sign up for a date and time to volunteer that works for you, all...

Duquesne Students Return to Volunteer with CR!

We had two more days of computer recycling with students from Duquesne University. It's been great to have a different mix of students each week so more learn about the importance of eWaste recycling. In the video from Week 2, meet five students, led by Lorraine Sauchin, who helped us with important demanufacturing steps. Below is the video from Week 3 with the students.  It features our Computer Recycling leader Bob Donaldson and Duquesne teacher Lorraine Sauchin training seven new students how to properly recycle plastic, metal, logic boards, etc.  according to Pennsylvania and international standards.

Day 1 with Duquesne University Volunteers

We had our first day of work with volunteers from Duquesne University on Friday. Five students from Lorraine Sauchin's Elements of Computer Science class came to the warehouse to help us demanufacture computers for reuse. They were joined by our CRC Goodwill recycling regulars. We look forward to having Duquesne students with us every Friday this semester. We are very grateful for their help! If you'd like to volunteer your time with us, please complete the contact form on our website.

Welcome New Volunteers

We are growing our most valuable resource... volunteers. We are pleased to report that Duquesne University has signed up over 20 students to participate in our recycling efforts every Friday this semester at the Goodwill on the South Side of Pittsburgh. Many thanks to Computer Science instructor Lorraine Sauchin for facilitating these efforts! Lorraine pulled together our first group of tech students from Duquesne for this community service volunteering effort. Students will be focusing on the de-manufacturing of non-fixable computers that we have stacked in large piles. They will be adhering to...

Welcome Back Crestfield Camp Volunteers!

Yesterday we welcomed back, for the third time this summer, volunteers from Crestfield Camp in Slippery Rock, PA. Liz Carras and her Crestfield Camp and Conference Center summer campers came for a Monday afternoon session of cleaning laptop power cords and outer cases. Grimy work indeed, that required many bottles of Simple Green and Goo Gone, plus loads of paper towels! These efforts are very helpful toward the cause of recycling computers and giving them back in clean and working order to communities in need. These 20 campers and staff came from all over: Pittsburgh, Pitcairn,...

ComputeReach Receives the 'Community Champion Award'

Last night we attended the 17th Annual Child Abuse Prevention Month Awards and Appreciation Benefit, and were honored to receive the 'Community Champion Award!' Here are some pictures of the award: And some of our information, featured in the event's pamphlet: When the goal for the day is getting enough food for the children in your care, the possibility of a computer purchase becomes distant or impossible. Years go by, children continue to fall behind in learning how to use computers in their...

New Details of our Ghana Trip

News of our work in Ghana is developing daily. So far, a team of four highly passionate people has been assembled from across the United States. These four people will travel to Ghana in early October to deliver 100 computers to aid our African partners. These people are: Dave Sevick - Pittsburgh Nancy Latimer - Pittsburgh Beth Lynn Eicher - Chicago Lyz Krumbach - San Francisco In addition to delivering the computers, this team will train the African computer professionals and teachers, build...

The Street Academy in Accra, Ghana: Part 1

We recently had the privilege of helping an academy in Ghana get up-to-date with some new laptops. Here's the story: Background The Street Academy (www.thestreetacademy.webs.com) received 5 Linux Edubuntu laptops from ComputeReach and its partners at the very end of March 2012. This was possible thanks to the generous donation of our laptop sponsor, Mike Gable, as well as the hard work of the volunteers who refurbished the laptops. They were transported into Ghana from the US by way of carry-on luggage. The Street Academy uses education, culture, and sports to expose the hidden talents of children living on the streets...

ComputeReach in India

This is a picture of ComputeReach giving computers to our staff at an orphanage in Churachandpur, Manipur, India. It's in the northeast corner of India, east of Bangladesh and just west of Myanmar. From left to right is Don Vice from Lafayette, IN; Leslie Swensen of Churchill, PA; R. Sang, from India; R. Ruata, the superintendent of the orphanage; and Englian Valte, the supervisor of the children. Thanks to all the hardworking volunteers and our partners in India for making this project such a...