Laptops for the Community

I’ve blogged a couple of times recently about building your business credibility by giving back to the community. It’s a win-win-win situation and feels great all at the same time. A perfect example came up recently, courtesy of George Mason University’s Institute of Digital Innovation, the Virginia Student Training and Refurbishment Program, and three of Mason’s amazing IT undergraduate students. Read this article for more about those amazing and inspiring IT students. https://www.gmu.edu/news/2022-08/mason-students-refurbish-donated-laptops-community-members 

As part of my volunteering with PathForward, an Arlington-based nonprofit that serves adults who are experiencing homelessness, I attended a presentation to five local nonprofits of laptop computers recently refurbished by George Mason University IT students. The students participate in the Virginia Student Training and Refurbishment Program, which teaches students to refurbish donated computer hardware and donate them to families and organizations in need. 

Talk about a win-in-win! 

Win #1 – Students participating in the program earn industry-standard professional certifications, which paves the way for both higher education and well-paying jobs. 

Win #2 – Nonprofits and families get access to technology that they wouldn’t otherwise have, or that they would have to make difficult financial choices to afford. 

Win #3 – Used computer hardware gets refurbished and reused, instead of ending up in a trash heap, creating hazardous waste, and necessitating the mining of more raw materials.

George Mason University’s Institute of Digital Innovation and the Virginia Student Training and Refurbishment Program need used laptops, desktops, keyboards, monitors, and printers to refurbish and donate to the community. If your company, government agency, or other organization has computer equipment you plan to replace or salvage, please consider donating them by contacting @Mike W. Wiczalkowski, head of the Virginia STAR program.

Building your business credibility by giving back to the community is a win-win-win situation that feels great at the same time. If participating in George Mason University’s Institute of Digital Innovation and the Virginia Student Training and Refurbishment Program seems like a good opportunity for your business, check out this link: https://www.aftrr.org/virginia-star/.