WESTAMPTON, NJ—Were you lucky enough to receive a new computer or laptop for a holiday gift this year?

Or maybe you’ve decided to treat yourself to some new technology as you start the New Year.

If so, you may be looking to get rid of your old computer. Before you discard it, or put it in the back of a closet, consider donating it to the Burlington County Library System Foundation’s “Technology for All” collection drive on Saturday, January 9 from 10am to 2pm at the Burlington County Library, located at 5 Pioneer Boulevard in Westampton.

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The Foundation (BCLSF), a registered 501(c)3 non-profit that supports the County Library System, is launching the “Technology for All” pilot program with the goal of providing used computer equipment to families from our area who are struggling financially to get access to the internet for online classes and meetings—which has become a way of life due to the ongoing pandemic.

The BCLSF is seeking old, working laptops and other computer technology devices so that they can be refurbished, wiped clean of data and outfitted with new software and given to struggling families. Specifically, the Foundation is looking for donations of working PCs or laptops installed with Windows 7 or newer (no Vista or XP), Chromebooks and Apple products, including iPads or printers.

The Foundation is also seeking tax-deductible monetary contributions to offset the cost of new hardware and software.

“The COVID-19 pandemic has had a horrible impact on everyone’s quality of life. But this is particularly true of those who can’t afford computers, since so much of our everyday activities have gone virtual,” said BCLSF President Pat-Lindsay-Harvey.

Two volunteer organizations are donating their time to refurbish the donated equipment—Computer Smiles, based in Cherry Hill and Willingboro, and the South Jersey Apple Users Group, based in Medford and Mount Laurel.

After the devices are refurbished, the BCLSF will work with partners in the County to identify families in need.

The laptop refurbishing program compliments other technology initiatives spearheaded by the Foundation. The BCLSF has raised or donated funds totaling $6,000, which, coupled with a $45,000 grant, will enable the Library System to purchase Chromebooks and mobile hotspots for loan to library customers in need.

If you are interested in making a financial contribution to the Technology for All program, or would like more information about the BCLSF, visit the Foundation’s website at www.bclsf.org.

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