SARASOTA/BRADENTON, FL – Goodwill Manasota recently received a donation of approximately 445 pounds of computers and equipment from law firm Boone, Boone, Boone & Koda, P.A. for Goodwill’s Tech Connection program. The mission of the Tech Connection program is to enhance digital literacy in the community by making technology more readily available and affordable, and also provide access to the Microsoft Digital Literacy curriculum, which is installed on all computers refurbished and sold in Goodwill retail stores.
Items donated included four monitors, six towers, 10 keyboards, and miscellaneous wires and components. After items are donated and recorded, they are examined by specially trained Tech Connection team members. Computers that are eligible for resale and reuse are refurbished through a licensing program that Goodwill has through Microsoft, and the Microsoft Digital Literacy curriculum is installed.
Goodwill’s Tech Connection program is housed in the Ranch Lake store located at 8750 State Road 70 East in Lakewood Ranch.
“Goodwill diverted 39 million pounds from local landfills last year and that includes technology that can be put to use in our community. We support Goodwill’s mission of changing lives through the power of work, and we appreciate its efforts to help people educate themselves by using the digital literacy curriculum,” said Steve Boone, attorney at Boone, Boone, Boone & Koda, P.A. which is located in Venice. “When we realized we had outdated systems and that Goodwill was a safe option to discard and find new purpose for our computers and components, it was an easy decision to donate to the organization.”
When computers are donated to Goodwill Manasota, the systems are securely wiped to thoroughly erase any personal data that may remain. If the systems deemed to be viable after the intake evaluation, the computers are given a 3-path DOD wipe, which means they are written over three times.
“When companies such as Boone, Boone, Boone & Koda, P.A. step up and donate such a large amount of technology for Tech Connection, we are able to give the computers a second life – we refurbish when possible, utilize parts to repair broken machines and install useful programs that equip community members with tools they need to be successful,” said Bob Rosinsky, president & CEO of Goodwill Manasota. “We are able to take things that would normally be stripped apart and sold, or trashed, and we create opportunities for advancement. Thank you to Steve Boone, and his firm, for their commitment and dedication to improving lives.”
About Goodwill Manasota
Goodwill Manasota is an industry-leading, 501(c)(3), not-for-profit organization that changes lives through the power of work. With the sales of donated goods and philanthropic donations, Goodwill is able to assist people with disabilities and other barriers to employment by providing job skills training and employment opportunities. In 2014, Goodwill Manasota served more than 16,000 people, placed 680 people in jobs and assisted 520 veterans as they reintegrated back into the civilian workforce. Goodwill Manasota’s economic impact back to the community is worth $81.3 million. Goodwill is one of the pioneers of the reduce-reuse-recycle movement and this past year diverted 39 million pounds out of the landfill. We accomplish our mission through a network of Good Neighbor Centers in Sarasota, Manatee, Hardee and DeSoto counties and our Mission Development Services (MDS) around North America. Goodwill Manasota is accountable to a local Board of Directors. Goodwill Manasota in essence belongs to this community, and is not owned by any individual or company. For more information, visit www.experiencegoodwill.org.