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There is a local company in Jax called
Unlimited Solutions, Inc. that
has some pretty good karma. They take donations of old computer
gear and get it to folks that otherwise wouldn't have a shot at it.
Their mission statement from their website:
Unlimited Solutions, Inc. is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization
dedicated to providing refurbished computer equipment, training,
advocacy, and other assistive technology services to individuals
with disabilities, their families, and others in the Florida
community who would otherwise not have access to empowering
technologies. Our goal is to improve the quality of life of
individuals with disabilities, by providing them the digital
technology and training necessary to open the doors of
independence, employment, education, and community.
I've donated some of my old stuff to them in the past. I think that
just about the only way I'm ever going to become less of a packrat
is by donating stuff. On a lot of levels it bugs me to throw out
something that works just because I no longer need it. I'm really
glad that these guys exist because Good Will here stopped taking
computer donations a while ago. This struck me as strange, but from
what the attendant said they were worried about the privacy aspects
of accepting computers. The fear being that someone would donate a
computer to Good Will that would then be picked up by someone else
and they could possibly steal personal info from it and the
original owner would hold Good Will responsible. There are, of
course, some pretty easy steps to make sure this doesn't happen if
you know what you are doing, but I can see where Good Will wouldn't
necessarily have the resources to carry this out. I hung onto a ton
of old gear for a while because of that till I found these guys.