Deerfield CITGO Holding Computer Recycling Drive

Green retailer supporting United Way of Lake County "Computer Learn & Earn" program

DEERFIELD, Ill. -- A computer recycling/donation drive will also be taking place at a "green-certified" CITGO station in Deerfield, Ill., on April 30 and May 1. United Way of Lake County (UWLC) is working to recycle computers for families who need them in Lake County. UWLC, in conjunction with local partners, is repurposing used computers for Waukegan High School families enrolled in the Computer Learn & Earn initiative in order to close the "digital divide."

The station is owned by Dave Welsh, who is a part of the Waukegan School District. Anyone that donates a computer [image-nocss] during the CITGO drive will receive a free fountain drink. Donation/tax forms will also be available.

(Click here for details on Deerfield CITGO's green certification from the March 2010 issue of CSP magazine.)

UWLC is seeking laptops and towers, keyboards, cables, printers and any other computer hardware, flat-screen monitors, laptop bags and mice. All computers are wiped clean of personal information. It is also looking for volunteer computer refurbishers.

The organization discovered through focus groups and research that many Waukegan families lack a home computer; others do not have technological skills. Parents that participated in the Computer Learn & Earn classes now have both, and their children now have access to an increasingly important homework tool. Volunteers from Abbott Laboratories teach parents how to operate a computer and perform basic tasks. Then, parents are introduced to District 60's Infinite Campus computerized records system, which allows parents to check their child's attendance and academic performance online. In the final session, parents receive information they can use to help their children succeed in school and go on to college. To date, over 75 computers have been given to Lake County families in need. UWLC hopes to receive 200 computers through the computer donation drive at the CITGO station.

Computers are donated by various companies and individuals, and are refurbished by Microsoft Registered Refurbisher volunteers. The computer packages include a monitor, keyboard, mouse and Microsoft Office software.