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Computers for Kids - Refurbish and Recycle Computers

John Pascoe - Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Where can I recycle old computer equipment and electronics?

The Challenge:

The modern society is creating mountains of old and aging electronic equipment.  This equipment, after being shut down for the last time, inevitably piles up in our garages, basements, offices, utility rooms and ultimately resides in the landfill.  Consider this:

    • According to the EPA, only 15 to 20 percent of computers and related electronics are being recycled in the United States
    • 75% of the energy used by a computer is consumed during the manufacturing process
    • Electronics contain lead, barium, cadmium and mercury that classify the devices as a disposal hazard
    • Worldwide electronic waste is estimated at 50 million tons per year

The Opportunity:

Computers for Kids, Inc. (CFK) is a non-profit organization serving the Treasure Valley communities (Boise, Meridian, Nampa, Caldwell, Eagle, Kuna, Middleton, Star, etc.) with a great solution to the growing electronic waste (E- Waste).    CFK takes donations of computers, refurbishes, licenses them and then donates fully-equipped computer systems to students in grades K-12 (also extends through the second year of college).  CFK targets students by partnering with public schools with a very high percentage of students eligible for the federally subsidized free lunch program. By serving every member of the school community, they reach “low income” and "at-risk" youth together with their peers. CFK’s mission is to offer students K – 12th grade the opportunity to enhance their education through the use of technology at home.

Not all equipment can be refurbished, so CFK will recycle and then properly dispose of the remaining hazardous materials.

Get Started:

Drop off your old electronic equipment and benefit your local community. The actions you take will make a difference and will also be a tax deductible donation.

Location:  8450 W Elisa  Boise, Idaho  83709

Hours: 9am - 4pm Monday through Friday
Phone: 208-345-0346

Accepted Items:

    • Computers
    • Monitors (CRT's and LCD's)
    • Printers
    • Scanners
    • Servers
    • Laptops
    • Cords

Kyrgyzstan "NIZ Orphanage" Call for Help

John Pascoe - Friday, November 06, 2009

Kyrgyzstan Orphanage
Trish Pascoe
Boise, Idaho

It seems everyone has been affected in some way by the status of our economy.  We recently had a reminder of how lucky we really are here in Boise, Idaho.  A friend of ours, Rich Robinson, is stationed in the service in Kyrgyzstan.  He is volunteering with the Manas Off-Base Outreach Society while deployed [with the Army] in Kyrgyzstan. Their mission is to help local schools, orphanages, and elderly foundations in Kyrgyzstan.   As part of their mission they are helping a local orphanage, the NIZ Orphanage.  The NIZ Orphanage houses orphaned children who range in age from infants to teenagers.  They recently just took in another 50 children ranging in age from 6 – 10 years of age.  These kids literally arrived with the clothes on their back.  They have not clothes, no shoes, no toys, etc.   Rich sent an email home to family and friends requesting help and letting us know that these kids were in dire need of winter clothes. 


We asked Mrs. Myer’s sixth grade class at Trailwind Elementary if they would like to help some kids halfway across the world that were quite a bit less fortunate than them.  And, help they did!  Mrs. Myer’s class enlisted the help of their “first grade buddies” from Mrs. Sly’s class and not only donated boxes of winter clothes, but the students took it a step further and brought in toys that might add a little pleasure to another child’s day.  We are happy to report that the students at Trailwind donated eight VERY large boxes of clothes and toys ranging in all ages for these orphaned children.   Stability Networks picked up the boxes and shipped them to Kyrgyzstan.  We are honored to help the orphanage.  The generous donations will protect the children from the upcoming winter and hopefully add some cheer.  It was great to witness a group of students put so much thought and care into this project. 


 Thank you to Trailwind Elementary’s Mrs. Myer’s sixth grade class and Mrs. Sly’s first grade class for reminding us that the glass is half full and that we can all make a difference! We would like to introduce you to those kids…..

Mrs. Myer’s Sixth Grade Class:

Kristal, Gunnar, Sarah B., Jordan, Connor, Vivian, Sandy, Tyler, Logan, Kenji, Hailey, Sarah L, Hannah L,
Kyle, Nick, Ian, John, Hannah P, Jared, Threnody, Brea, Maddie, Cade, Carlos, Zach, Terek

Mrs. Sly’s First Grade Class:

 Bode, Samantha, Kapono, Keegan, Sofia, Rebecca, Madison, Noah, Israel, Emma, Henry, Heba, Leah
Bergan, Lisa, Aidan, Kiana, Greyson, Tori, Rachel, Christopher





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