Partnership that helps 3 Nonprofit Organizations!
Goodwill, City Mission and Computers For Children
Goodwill of WNY and the Buffalo City Mission set to unveil new relationship with Computers For Children, Inc. and offer Refurbished Computers in select stores.
--Buffalo, June 27, 2012. A partnership that will benefit the Greater Good, Computers For Children, Inc. has been committed to bringing access to technology through education and career opportunities to at-risk youth, and community partners since 1997. Buffalo City Mission and Goodwill both have been bringing hope to those less fortunate. The three organizations are working together to make a difference in the lives of those they serve in our community, however, in the last few years as the nation's economy tightened, donations to non-profits decreased and grant money has been harder to find. Non-profits have had to be creative in balancing the needs of their budget against the requirements of their programs.
Since 1997, Computers For Children has been selling refurbished computers to the general public to help raise funds to support programs that include teaching kids about computer construction and refurbishing. College Students and IT Professionals work together in our Technology Training Center at 701 Seneca St., reconditioning the computers making them ready to for sale.
Non-profits like the Buffalo City Mission, and Goodwill found it practical to open their own thrift stores to provide donated goods for sale to the public. The thrift stores have proven to be successful in providing an increasing stream of revenue to help support various programs of the respective organizations. While there have been donations of older computers, they were just that, old and not very useful. Michael Smith, Associate Executive Director of City Mission said, “We just didn't feel comfortable selling old computer equipment that has not been serviced. The PC’s from Computers For Children will be a great addition to our store shelves.” Tom Lynch, CEO of Goodwill added, “This is an affordable way for almost any family to have a reasonably priced computer.”
Each one of the organizations play a vital role in helping to change lives and training is a key component for all three organizations. The retail thrift stores provide two important elements; one, a place where trained individuals can apply their new found skills, and two, a location where the general community can make purchases to benefit their families, that in return, allows the agencies to fulfill their core missions.
“It’s a Win-Win situation”, states Christine Carr, Executive Director for Computers For Children, “CFC provides computers and hands-on IT Training, Goodwill and City Mission provide the staff and retail locations to serve the greater population, and all of the agencies receive revenue to complete our missions. Distribution is the key to the success and the thrift stores bring that element for a Technology Outlet site”.
All the computers are certified and a minimum specs of Pentium 4 desktop or laptop, internet ready. Desktop pc's come complete with flat panel monitor, keyboard, mouse, and come with anti-virus protection, Open Office productivity suite, a 60 day warranty, and links to family friendly websites. Desktop prices will start at $149.00, and laptops at $179.00. Computers will be available at City Mission's store in Cheektowaga, and Goodwill's stores in Buffalo, Hamburg, West Seneca, Tonawanda, and Lockport.
Contact: Christine Carr, Computers For Children, Inc., 716.510.1088, Christine@cfcbuffalo.org