IndependenceFirst’s Computer Recycling Program Helps the Community

Corporate Volunteer Opportunity Provides Qualified Consumers with Refurbished Computers

Milwaukee, WI – September 16 - IndependenceFirst, Milwaukee's FIRST resource when people have questions regarding access and disability, recently partnered with United Way of Greater Milwaukee & Waukesha County to obtain volunteers for its Computer Recycling Program.

As part of the annual United Way Season of Caring campaign, 10 corporate volunteers from Northwestern Mutual visited IndependenceFirst on Friday, September 11, to assist with distributing refurbished computers to qualified consumers and ensured that each individual received basic operating instructions and overview of the system.

 Matt and ConsumerBeginning in 2001, the Computer Recycling Program is now almost completely volunteer-driven. The volunteers collect computer donations, refurbish the computers, schedule the appointments and teach applicants how to safely use their computer.

Over the past 14 years, the Computer Recycling Program has experienced solid growth. In 2014, the program distributed 386 computers to people with disabilities. “Today, we were able to provide computers to 15 qualified consumers,” said Ana Kleppin, Volunteer Manager at IndependenceFirst. “This is a great program that accomplishes three things: we are able to provide individuals with disabilities the tools they need to succeed; the program prevents computers from filling space in landfills, and; through volunteering opportunities, we are fortunate to partner with local corporations such as Northwestern Mutual,” said Kleppin. “The Northwestern Mutual volunteers expressed their volunteer passion by helping to bridge the technology divide.”

More information about IndependenceFirst’s Computer Recycling Program is available on their website. People with disabilities are eligible to receive a free computer but must be referred from another organization or professional and meet the income eligibility.
 
Computer Rec. Group PhotoAbout United Way of Greater Milwaukee & Waukesha County: United Way of Greater Milwaukee & Waukesha County improves our community by mobilizing people and resources to drive strategic impact in Education, Income and Health – the building blocks for a good quality of life. Learn more at: www.unitedwayGMWC.org
 
About IndependenceFirst: Metro Milwaukee's FIRST nonprofit resource when people have questions regarding access and disability. We offer over 20 programs and services for people with disabilities of all kinds, in all age groups. Over 50 percent of internal staff, management and board members are individuals with disabilities. www.independencefirst.org

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