A new laptop or desktop computer may have been under a few Christmas tree this year, and now Community Computers is looking to take the old one and give it to someone in need.
Community Computers is a registered charity in Regina which takes old computers and laptops, wipes them clean of any personal data, and donates them to families in need.
“We do a destructive data wipe on them,” said Robert Jozsa, who founded the charity in 2009.
“It’s called a three pass wipe which destroys any data on the drive which makes it virtually unrecoverable.”
Jozsa then performs any maintenance needed on the computer and gets it ready to be sent out. Along with computer systems, they also accept monitors and iPads.
The charity donates to people based on referrals from other non-profit organizations in the city such as Carmichael Outreach, and the Open Door Society.
“These are the people on the ground that actually see the need.”
In 2012, Community Computers became a registered charity and can give tax receipts to people who donate their electronics if they are valued at over $25.