Goodwill will host a technology event in the Williston store 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 16. There are people around Williston who can’t afford a new computer, so Goodwill is bringing in a team of techies to help people find affordable computers and show them how to use them.
Goodwill recently launched a technology access program that gets refurbished computers into the hands of people who need them, for as little as $125 — and that includes the operating system and Microsoft Office already installed. There are income guidelines, for instance a family of four with an annual income of up to $47,100 would be able to get reduced-price computers. A limited number of these computers will be available at the store on Saturday.
“This program is so important to families around Vermont. We want to make sure everyone who needs a computer for work, school or leisure can access one,” said Joe Pooler, GoodTech’s manager. “We’ll be there all day to help pair people with good computers. Each person will have a chance to test drive all of the available computers before choosing which one to buy.”
iPhones, Macs, PCs and some gaming consoles will make their way to the store too. All of the items were donated to Goodwill, cleaned to U.S. Department of Defense standards (keeping information safe), repaired and packaged by Goodwill employees.
Goodwill uses revenue from its stores for Goodwill-designed workforce programs.
“GoodTech is all about work. Refurbishing these otherwise-wasted electronics provides jobs and technology job training; plus the computers go home with people who can use them for their jobs or to find work. On top of that, the money we make goes back to helping others find work. That’s what we’re all about,” Pooler said.
Anyone who would like to safely dispose of their old technology can bring it to the store.
For more information on GoodTech, visit https://goodwillnne.org/stores/goodtech/