Low-income families will receive computers thanks to surplus computer program | Local


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The Voluntary Action Center and the Downtown Optimist Club will provide qualifying low-income families with refurbished surplus computers as part of the Homes for Computers program, according to a press release.

Requests for computers will be accepted at the VAC office, 403A Vandiver Drive, by February 15th. A draw will be held at the office if the number of requests exceeds the number of computers available.

The program began in 2003 after the city decided to donate the discarded computers to families rather than having them operated by MU’s surplus property division. More than 650 computers have been donated to eligible families under the program, according to the press release.

To qualify, applicants must be a family with at least one K-12 child and reside in Colombia. Families who do not own a computer or have not received a computer under the program before will be given priority.

Selected families will be notified the week of February 18. Computers will be distributed from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, February 23 at the Downtown Optimist Club.

Application information can be found by calling the VAC office at 573-874-2273.

Information on recycling computers can be found by downloading the COMO Recycle and Trash app or visiting the city’s utility website. VAC does not currently accept computer donations.

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Gordon K. Morehouse