Volunteers collect old computers to repair and give to veterans

RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — Richmond’s ECPI University campus partnered with ‘Tech for Troops’ to help veterans stay connected and ahead in the digital age.

Volunteers on Saturday collected donations of old computers, which students will refurbish and bring up to date for veterans to use.

The program helps veterans build their resumes so they can get jobs. ‘Tech for Troops’ also provides training on how to use the PCs.

“Veterans need the opportunity to bridge that digital divide. Creating a resume on a cell phone or applying for a job on a cell phone doesn’t really work, so receiving computers and handing them out to them is gratifying. It’s very satisfying,” Tech for Troops Director Mark Casper said.

If your computer is too old to be refurbished, Tech for Troops also runs a recycling program. So far, they’ve recycled 73 tons of old computers in the last three years.

For more information about this partnership to learn how you can help, contact Campus Director of Career Services Sara Stone at 804-934-0100 x78244 or sstone@ecpi.edu.

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