You qualify for a computer if you are low income, age 18 or older and submit a complete application which includes a copy of your income verification.
After being approved the wait time could be 3 months or longer. The MCRC (Novato) waiting list is significantly shorter.
We will contact you if your application is incomplete. If it is approved we will call you when your name moves to the top of the list. To find out where you are on the waiting list, please call Janny at 510 367-1717 on Saturdays between 10am - 4pm.
Yes, if you are able to pay for shipping. We will call or send you a letter with the details when your name moves to the top of the approved waiting list.
The application must be in the name of head of household. The name on the application must match the name on the income verification document(s). We donate one computer per household.
Examples of income verification documents: current (within 30 days) check stubs, social services income verification letters, unemployment check stubs, bank statements with direct deposit information, proof of disability.
You can black out your SS# and account numbers on all documents but we need to be able to verify name and address.
If you have a verification that falls outside of these categories - please call Janny at (510) 367-1717 on Saturdays between 10am - 4pm for more information.
Please know that applications without income verifications will not be processed.
A refurbished Pentium 4 or equivalent desktop computer (wide range of makes and models) with a Linux Operating System and software.
Unfortunately, laptops are not available for placements.
If your equipment is in working or easily repairable order, we will fix it and place it with a charity, non-profit, school, or low-income or disabled individual somewhere on the planet Earth. If we cannot reuse the equipment, we will disassemble it and send the base elements off to approved, environmentally friendly secondary recyclers. Cathode ray tubes are smelted, allowing the lead to be removed from the glass so that both can be recycled. Circuit boards are ground up so that a number of different metal recovery processes can be used to reclaim the various nasty alloys that are in them.
Computers affect us all. For those of us well versed in the digital arts, the computer can be a tool for good. But for those who do not have access to technology nor to a computer of their own, the digital world can be a complete abyss of terror and confusion. It may be cliche to speak about the digital divide, but there's really no other way to describe the gap between the digital haves and the compu-havenots. We must bridge the divide.
We serve the public by refurbishing used computer equipment for which businesses, corporations, and individual donors no longer have a use.
When you donate your computer to us, you are also giving us any information that is on your hard drive, floppy disks, or CD's. It is not our policy to go traipsing around other people's hard drives looking for pictures of their penguins in burlap shorts, but we cannot be certain that your data will be safely hidden from prying eyes... unless you ask us to destroy your data at the time of recycling. Here are your options:
Free pick-up service for Berkeley residents.
If you reside in Berkeley, we will come pick up your household electronics and will not charge a pick-up fee. Call us at 528-4052 if you have any questions or would like to schedule a pick-up of your encroaching computers and other electronic stuff.