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Organization refurbishes old computers, sells them at low cost

KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) -

Personal computers for $50 and laptops for $75. It isn't some big sale, but a new effort to break the digital divide.

The program Connecting for Good is trying to get electronics, especially computers, into the hands of low-income families. They know that students need computers to do homework and adults need them to look for jobs.

Corporations, libraries and even individuals donate used computers. They are stripped down, then rebuilt with new operating software. At that point they're internet-ready computers and are ready for re-sale.

"Connectivity equals opportunity and so, if you're able to be online in your home, you're able to participate in a whole lot of things that would not be available to you. Not just education and employment, but things like health issues, things like online shopping," said Michael Liimatta, the president and co-founder of Connecting for Good.

In addition to the purchase, the buyers are required to go through two four-hour classes that focus on developing everyday digital skills on computers.

Any parts the organization can't use they send to a certified recycling organization so nothing ends up in a landfill. Since 2011, Connecting for Good has placed hundreds of computers in homes around the metro.

Liimatta hopes that people who received computers for Christmas will donate the older models to the organization.

Click here to donate, learn about the digital classes and how to volunteer.

Click here to donate a computer.

If you want to see about getting one of the computers, you can contact Connecting for Good. You must be certified as low income.

Connecting for Good can be contacted at:

3101 Troost Ave., Kansas City, MO 64109

816-559-7077

or 2006 N. Third St, KCK, 66101

913-730-0677

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