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Computer Geek? Use Your Skills to Help Others

Pittsburgh-based Computer Reach recruits volunteers to refurbish used computers to go to underserved schools and families in this country and around the world.

These days it's pretty much impossible to be connected to your community if you don't have a computer. But for a lot of families and schools buying new devices is simply too expensive.

That's where an organization called Computer Reach comes in. You can help them make computer technology available to people in need by helping refurbish used equipment, or getting involved in computer literacy, training, and support. They're today's "25 Days of Volunteering" pick for a great volunteer opportunity, especially if you're a techie who also cares about others, or just someone who wants to make sure other schools have the tools your schools do.

Every Friday, Computer Reach hosts Volunteer Work Days to refurbish machines at Construction Junction in Point Breeze. You don't need experience, they'll show you what to do and supply the tools. It's a great activity for school groups, since the organization's main focus is getting computers to underserved school-age students.

"We envision a computer literate world where the benefits of technology are shared by all." Computer Reach

Computer Reach serves non-profits in 39 states (including PA) and 36 countries. "Computers we fix don't sell well at any type of used computer store. But we do know there's a large population of people who need computers. So we decided to fix them up and get them to people in need, and that's where we're different," says Dave Sevick, founder of Computer Reach (that's Dave below, right, on a computer literacy trip to the Bahamas).

Find out the dates, times, and sign up to volunteer here .

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