Welcome to Computers for Classrooms
Watch our Video
CFC was started in 1991 as a volunteer program to refurbish donated computers for schools. Bruce Jans, a professional videographer, has produced a video about our program. The video should give you a good understanding of CFC and the scope of the many programs we offer. Enjoy!
CFC is the model program for California Surplus Donations to Schools
CFC is a non-profit organization that is a part of Chico Unified School District. At a recent legislative hearing it was described as a model program for the state. Most schools cannot pay their technicians to do the work performed by the CFC staff and volunteers. Schools are desperately needing Core 2 Duo computers or higher in order to run current programs. The computers the schools no longer use are excellent for family use.
Departments wanting to donate to Computers for Classrooms can select Chico Unified School District on their Form 152. Please select Code 7 and then go to Butte County, Chico Unified School District. Computers for Classrooms can assist other schools and not just Chico Unified School District.
CFC profides: free pick-up, Blancco wipe of all hard drives, asset tracking, audit trail for wipe or destruction of hard drives and 18 years experience of receiving state donations. We are the remaining program in the initial Computers for Schools projects. We have placed thousands of computers in California Schools since 1991. Ask for our Donor Packet for further information.
New! Computers for Seniors Program
In the past only low income individuals could get computers from CFC. We now have a new policy for seniors. Age alone can qualify a person to get a computer for their own use. Many seniors may be able to afford new but don't care the spend a lot of money for their first computer. Anyone 65 or older can get a computer. The prices range from $100 to $200 for our desktop computers for complete systems with Windows 7, Microsoft Office, anti-virus programs and including a one year warranty on hardware and software installed. Everyone needs a computer! Check out Computers for Seniors.
Wanted! A Principal looking to help all students to have a home computer.
CFC is looking for a school that realizes the need for students to have home computers. CFC will partner with the school to hold an event so that students can get great, guaranteed, complete systems for just $75.00. Check with Pat Furr to see if your school will qualify for this very special offer. The computers we furnish will be our $150 model - at half-price! Check out some of the ways we can help schools.
Coming Together to Help a School in San Francisco
After the lab from the International Studies Academy in San Francisco were stolen, a community effort worked with CFC to supply a new lab within just three weeks! Big thanks go to the sfBig organization and Mark Crafts as well as Mathew Day at Silverfox. We can all work together to help schools. Take a look at their new lab.
New! Teachers Can Get Computers From CFC
As a Microsoft Registered Refurbisher, CFC does not sell to the public directly. Our philosophy is to support schools directly. Many schools cannot afford to buy laptops or computers for their teachers, so CFC will sell directly to teachers. We cannot use our Microsoft Community License but need to purchase a Microsoft Windows 7 Professional Commercial License. It will increase our expenses by $50 per computer.
We will be able to furnish excellent laptops for $300 or $350 for dual core systems. We also have desktop units available. You can check out our price sheet and add an additional $50 for the Commercial License. You will be able to have the Windows 7 CD to keep. We normally can't give the CD so that is a bonus with the Commercial License. Our laptop price sheet is also available.
We are pleased to be able to help teachers. The computers will belong to them so they can be used at home as well.
Pat Furr was named the Grand Marshall of the Pioneer Day's Parade
Jeremy Tackitt, Pat Furr and Lee Skaggs marched in the Pioneer Day's Parade with the Computer Mobile driven by Mike Vaughn following close behind. The theme of this year's parade was the Resources available in our community. CFC was selected because of our 21 years in supporting the environment, schools, other non-profits and low-income families. We were honored to be asked to lead the parade.
CFC has reached the ONE MILLION POUNDS plateau!
CFC had a goal of reaching one million pounds of donations for the 2012 year but we have had to revise our goals. We have actually reached that mark during the 2011 year. Since becoming R2 Certified, our donation stream has increased as additional donors realize the benefits of working with an audited program to assure their data is secure and their donations are being handled properly. CFC has the additional benefit of reusing as much as possible. Thanks to all of you that have allowed our program to flourish.
Visit CFC any weekday between 9:00 and 5:00
We are open for drop-offs of donated equipment and for purchasing computer systems. Spring is here. Have you done your Spring Cleaning? Be certain that your information is professionally wiped from your hard drives by CFC at no charge and allow others the opportunity to receive a refurbished computer system.
We offer a free diagnosis of problem computers for low-income families.
Look at our special offering - a Space-Saver Dell computer, a high end Pentium 4, with Windows 7, Microsoft Office, Microsoft Security Essentials, a 17" LCD monitor, keyboard, mouse, one-year warranty for only $125.00. Don't miss out!
If you have purchased a previous system from CFC and want to upgrade to a newer faster system, CFC will give you a credit towards the purchase of another system if you return the older model to be recycled properly. You can turn in that Windows XP computer with a CRT monitor for a newer Windows7 computer with a LCD monitor.
See our NEW price sheet for low-income families
This is the lowest price we have ever offered for a computer with a LCD monitor - just $100.00. Take a look at our most popular computers and prices for low-income, qualifying families. Our license agreement with Microsoft only allows us to sell to those families that cannot afford to buy one otherwise. Check out our new price sheet today!
Pat Furr and Francis Fawcett win the Jim Lynch Award
Pat Furr and Francis Fawcett received the Jim Lynch Award from the International Comptuer Refurbishers Summit in Austin, TX in November. Pat Furr, the Founder/President of Computers for Classrooms, was recognized for the many years of dedication and support to other refurbishers. Francis was the Microsoft Director of the Registered Refurbisher Program that allows refurbishers to license donated computers when they are to be used in schools, with non-profits or low-income families. Francis will not be as involved with the MRR Program in the future so the members wanted to recognize her efforts in furthering the cause of obtaining technology for schools and families that can't afford to buy new products.
CFC is now R2 Certified!
Why is R2 Certification important? The federal EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) had been encouraging refurbishers and recyclers to become certified as either R2 or E-Stewards. The two programs are very demanding and audit the processes used in handling materials, employee and volunteer safety, security of data received, the downstream vendors selected, health and safety provisions, current laws and regulations, etc.
As an example of our processes, we must audit our downstream vendor so that we know where they send the materials we give them and how they process the materials. None of the materials will go to the landfill, be incinerated or shipped illegally to other countries. We continue the audit until the final end of life of the material. We in turn are audited at least annually in order to keep our certification. Our initial audit took four days - two days in May and another two days in June.
To learn more about the process and protections offered by using an R2 Certified Refurbisher visit R2 Solutions.
See a copy of our Certification by clicking on CFC R2 Certificate.
Windows 7 has arrived!
As a Microsoft Registered Refurbisher CFC is able to load Windows 7 Pro, Windows XP Pro, Microsoft Office 2007 Basic and Microsoft Office 2003 including PowerPoint. The new price sheet is available now. We are including flat panel monitors (LCDs) with every system! Get a Windows XP Pro Pentium 4 computer with LCD monitor and Microsoft Office 2007 with a one year warranty for $125. Our Windows 7 computers with additional RAM are either $150 or $200 ( with a 19" LCD and new graphics card). Check out our latest family or non-profit price sheet. We allow those who have received computers from us in the past to upgrade to a newer system at a reduced price. Bring your older system to us and find out how we can keep you current with the newer systems we are receiving at an even lower price.
New Addition - Microsoft Office 2007 Home and Student
Microsoft Registered Refurbishers have geen given the ability to install Microsoft Office 2007 Home and Student on computers going to low-income families or to other non-profits. We will be able to install Office PowerPoint that was not included in Office Basic. It will probably take two or three weeks to get the COAs (Certificates of Authorization), but we will start installing the programs as soon as we can. We are delighted to be able to offer Windows 7 Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook, Security Essentials, LCD monitors and a one year warranty. We keep trying to improve and to lower prices.
Low cost broadband through Comcast is even better!
Computers for Classrooms will be assisting families that have a child in the FREE or REDUCED lunch program through their school to obtain low cost broadband Internet if they live in a Comcast cable community. To qualify for the program families need to have at least one child in the free or reduced price lunch program, they cannot owe Comcast money or equipment and they cannot have had Comcast Internet for 90 days. Call to sign up for the program. The cost will be $9.95 per month plus tax but there will be no setup fees, no credit check, no social security check and a free modem and installation. At last there is an excellent opportunity for familys to be able to use the many features of a high speed Internet connection.
When Comcast bought NBC earlier this year, they agreed to assist 6.6 million families to be able to connect to the Internet. Call Computers for Classrooms to help you get started. Families will now get 3.0 MB download speeds. Schools with 90% F/R lunch students will find it much easier to sign up. Call for additional information.
CFC Is an Affiliate of Computers for Youth
CFC has been an active partner with Computers for Youth for the past three years. CFY specializes in offering educational software to low income families. They work with educators and students to find the best software available that has educational value and that students enjoy using.
If you are interested in getting a computer with lots of software that can help students to learn even more over the summer while thinking they are just playing games, get in touch with CFC. We can offer a fully loaded computer with a LCD monitor for $100.
Teachers, parents and students can go to the CFY free website at Power My Learning for other great programs sorted by topic and age level - all for free with an Internet connection.
Check Out Our New Tech Tips
Computer Refurbishers many want to check out the Tech Tips links. We have a discussion and tools for de-activating Windows computers and at long last a paper allowing PC Users to set up a Linux Server for multi-casting and cloning computers.
The Clonezilla SE Guide has taken longer than expected to make it easy to replicate by non-Linux users. Enjoy and please send along feedback so we can make it even better.
We also provide a simplified way of using Sysprep to load images on any make and model of computer.
1,000 Free Computers Delivered to Schools
CFC has been working with Dr. Rob Fairlie, UC,Santa Cruz, as a part of a research project to determine the benefits of having a home computer. We gave 1,000 free home computers systems to selected schools in Chico, Marysille, Yuba City, Sacramento and Fresno. The first round of 500 donated computers was made last fall. The final round was delivered to the schools recently.
Pat Furr was invited by the Sacramento City Unified School District School Board meeting to receive an award acknowleding the receipt of 400 computers given to Sacramento middle school children.
We are awaiting the results of Dr. Fairlie's research. It will take some time to receive the final data from the schools and to evaluate the results. It may help us to understand the value of reusing computer systems and the benefits to an individual's educational opportunities.
Computers for Haiti
Computers for Classrooms recently donated laptops for the relief efforts in Haiti. Vanessa Michel-Aguilar is working on a doctoral thesis and living in Chico, CA. Her father is the director of a relief agency in Haiti.
The laptops have arrived!
Just in time! The rainy season has started and there is a desperate need for tents and housing. The crowded conditions are made even worse by the lack of drainage, sanitation and sufficient medical supplies of all kinds. If you can help in any way please contact Vanessa and her father's charitable organization in Haiti.
Computers for Tanzania
The entire Chico community came together to assist two villages in Tanzania, Africa. Ronald Reed, a local attorney, has been traveling to Tanzania each summer to assist the communities by furnishing equipment, knowledge and labor in bringing wells and water to the villages. He asked if CFC could help the schools by providing computer systems, networking equipment and a video projector for training. Electricity has only recently come to the area. The nearest Internet is still 30 miles away.
The student's of Pleasant Valley High School through the Globally Conscious Youth (GCY) club and the efforts of their instructor, Charlie Copeland, put on a series of fund raising events to support the cause. With the money they raised, the space in the container furnished by Ron Reed, and the systems set up by CFC the combined effort made it happen. We are hoping for photos from Tanzania once the project has been completed. Communities can come together to make a difference!
Wonderful stories about this project can be found at ChicoSol.