First Time Computers

Our mission is to empower DC-Area low-income citizens by building their computer and Internet resources, and concurrently, to make good use of computers that would otherwise go to waste. Impacts we seek: We seek to provide computer systems [both hardware and a robust software package] to low-income DC-area citizens of all ages to facilitate [a] educational advancement through home access to computers as a critical learning resource, and [b] Internet access for those now digitally excluded. We seek to provide computer resources and, with our partner nonprofits, skills to build employability, particularly for youth and young adults. We seek to reduce e-waste by “repurposing” comput...
Mar 1, 2013

First Time Computers Bids Adieu

I want to sincerely thank you for your generous contribution through GlobalGiving to the 'Laptops for college bound students' project.  First Time Computers has undergone large changes the past few months, resulting in our mission and thus this project being shifted to another organization headquartered two blocks away from our former offices.  Your support has been critical in ensuring the refurbishing work of our project – Laptops for College Bound Students – continues!

The work conducted by First Time Computers gone through a lot of changes over the past six months.  A year ago, FTC founder and executive director Lowell Dodge decided he wanted to retire and transfer the organization to a successor.  As the process to find a replacement was underway, FTC lost a significant grant it had relied on for operations.  Confronting a large fiscal crunch, FTC faced difficult decisions on how to continue operations at the current pace and how to proceed in the future. With the help of your donations, those closely associated with FTC helped the organization continue its work with a leaner staff and rent-free space at its current location through the end of 2012. This helped provide the time for the refurbishing work to find a new home with the sister non-profit Byte Back.

In February 2013, Byte Back took over the programs of First Time Computers in a new location in Washington, D.C. under the name First Time Technologies.  We are extremely delighted that Byte Back is in a position to continue the work that we have started.  Please continue supporting the refurbishing program through donations of cash and computers (www.byteback.org) to help eliminate the digital divide in the greater Washington, D.C. community.

 This transition has concluded the immensely successful and impactful work Lowell Dodge, First Time Computer’s Executive Director and founder has done for the greater D.C. community over nearly 10 years.  He is retiring after First Time Computers has taken in nearly 10,000 donated computers [9,983 to  be exact], fixed most of them up, and put them into the hands of those in the DC area needing them. 

Thank you again for all you have done to help this cause.

Aug 13, 2012

More and more laptops

Laptops
Laptops

What This Report is About
First Time Computers receives no-longer-needed computers, including laptops, and fixes them up for low-income students in college or who are on their way to college. Over the past year, our laptop project has generated many more refurbished laptops than before [from 50 per year before 2010 to over 400 per year now] and we are able to provide them to many more college students and prospective college students.


Key Initiative
Over the past two months, we have been providing laptops to the valedictorians and salutatorians of 33 high schools and charter schools in the District of Columbia through a partner nonprofit known as Total Sunshine which is dedicated to honoring the achievements of these students and providing them with various forms of support as they head off to higher education. This is the third year we have provided laptops to Total Sunshine.


Importance of GlobalGiving to the Success of this Project
The support we receive for this project through GlobalGiving is critical. It has helped make it possible for us to hire an additional staff person whose primary responsibility is coordinating our laptop program. This support has also enabled us to make it a permanent part of our overall program. We expect our numbers to continue their upward trend, building the learning resources for students who would otherwise not be able to participate as fully as they now can in their learning experiences at college.

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Apr 2, 2012

First Report

What This Report is About
First Time Computers receives donations of computers that are no longer needed.  We have received 9,000 since we started in 2003.  We renew these computers, including many laptops, and provide them to low-income families with school age children and to nonprofits serving these families in the Washington DC metropolitan area.  From the beginning we have given refurbished laptops primarily to low-income students in college or who are on their way to college. 

Recent Progress
Since 2010, we have begun to receive larger numbers of laptops, now up to about 500 per year as compared to less than 100 per year before 2010.  Now, unlike before 2010, most of the laptops we receive are high quality and come with wireless capability.  Because of the intense demand for these laptops, we recently brought on a new part time staff person to manage the laptop program.  This laptop coordinator ensures that all of the laptops we receive that can be refurbished actually get refurbished, that they are renewed to a high standard of quality and that they move through the refurbishing process without delay.   As a result, our laptop project is producing many more laptops than previously [from 50 per year before 2010 to over 400 per year now] and we are able to help many more college students and prospective college students than in the past.

Importance of Global Giving to the Success of this Project
Since 2010, we have begun to receive larger numbers of laptops, now up to about 500 per year as compared to less than 100 per year before 2010.  Now, unlike before 2010, most of the laptops we receive are high quality and come with wireless capability.  Because of the intense demand for these laptops, we recently brought on a new part time staff person to manage the laptop program.  This laptop coordinator ensures that all of the laptops we receive that can be refurbished actually get refurbished, that they are renewed to a high standard of quality and that they move through the refurbishing process without delay.   As a result, our laptop project is producing many more laptops than previously [from 50 per year before 2010 to over 400 per year now] and we are able to help many more college students and prospective college students than in the past.

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