Last time we talked about all the hottest new must-have gadgets of 2017, so today we want to focus on one of the most important aspects of the season: giving back.
When you upgrade your devices you’re probably tossing out the old to make room for the new, but you don’t have to throw your tech out. We’ve compiled a list of amazing nonprofits that would love to put your gadgets to good use!
Habitat for Humanity Restore sells new, used, and surplus merchandise at prices 50-70% less than their retail cost. And everyone is welcome to shop, donate, or volunteer at their locations! The ReStores are independently owned and operated by local HfH organizations. So all proceeds are used to help build strength, stability, self-reliance, and shelter within the Omaha Metro!
Where to go:
South Habitat ReStore: 1003 S. 24th St., Omaha, NE 68108
West Maple Habitat ReStore: 10910 Emmet St., Omaha, NE 68164
Chariots4Hope(C4H) restores donated cars that meet certain quality standards and award them to eligible low-income families. If cars are non-repairable they are sold with the proceeds going towards supporting the mission.
Start the process by clicking here
The mission of World Computer Exchange is to reduce the digital divide for youth in developing countries, to use their global network of partnerships to enhance communities in these countries and to promote the reuse of electronic equipment and its ultimate disposal in an environmentally responsible manner.
Since 2000, they have already helped nearly 5 million young people in 3,300 schools, youth centers, libraries, and universities in 47 countries connect with the opportunities, skills, and understanding of the internet.
While there isn’t a chapter in Omaha, you can mail your computer and they will provide you with tax receipts.
Find out more here.
The VVA is a critical support service for our returning veterans. VVA became a membership organization in 1979. They are committed to:
- Improving the general welfare and hospital care of all veterans, especially homeless and disabled veterans.
- Assisting veterans suffering from Post-traumatic Stress Disorder and other disabilities.
- Working closely with veterans of other conflicts.
- Taking the lead on women and minority veterans’ issues.
Schedule a pickup here.
The Hope Center for Kids provides a safe after-school and summer program. Children and youth can take part in academic support, youth development, employment training and receive a hot meal.
The Hope Center for Kids started with a vision in the heart of Pastor Ty Schenzel. He saw the need for hope in the lives of youth and children who could not see beyond their circumstances. This vision became a reality in 1998 when The Hope-Omaha opened its doors.
Hope Center for Kids can always use working tech, but this time of year is great to give because of their Christmas drive. Donate here.
Want to donate to your favorite nonprofit that doesn’t have a consumer electronics program? Sell it on eBay for charity! Just auction your used goods and eBay will donate 10-100% of the final sale price to the organization of your choice.
Cell Phones For Soldiers began in 2004 as the idea of two patriotic kids who wanted to give back to the men and women who dedicate their lives to protecting us every day. To date, the charity has provided more than 300 million Minutes That Matter to our troops serving around the world! And it also continues Helping Heroes Home via emergency funds that so far has assisted more than 3,100 veterans and their families.
Cell Phones for Soldiers accepts ALL makes, models, and conditions of cell phones.
HopeLine from Verizon collects no-longer-used wireless phones, batteries, chargers, and accessories in any condition, and from any service provider to benefit victims and survivors of domestic violence. Donated phones are then turned into valuable resources for nonprofit organizations and agencies that support domestic violence victims and survivors nationwide.
If you want to volunteer your time, check out Volunteer Match to see where your talents can help out the most!
Did we miss a charity? Let us know! And remember, we’re here to help you with any of your computer needs!