BOISE – The Idaho Department of Transportation’s District 3 headquarters IT team recently made its way to helping the Boise community by donating nearly 40 computers to the Women and Children Coalition.
Computers were identified for surplus and could have been sent to a recycling center. Rather than wasting them, the team, led by support technician Claire Jones, found a way to put them to good use. Johns is a WCA volunteer and knew the organization needed additional computers.
“These computers are still working great,” Jones said. “They were taken out because ITD has a three to four year lifecycle for computers. They still have a lot of life in them. I saw an opportunity to help a great non-profit organization and was happy to get support from ITD and the WCA.”
Jones joined fellow technicians Jeffrey Moody and David Adams in preparing the computers for the donation. The estimated value of the computers is about $350. Computers are a huge asset for nonprofits and are highly regarded, says Rick Robinson, director of information technology for the WCA.
“We have a shortage of production computers for staff use,” He wrote in a letter to the administration. “We also like to set aside some for our clients to use at the shelter.”
“I love it when we have the opportunity to reuse our technology for worthwhile purposes,” ITD Chief Information Officer Mark McKinney said. “The Women and Children Alliance is an ideal place where our old equipment can continue to benefit the citizens of Idaho.”
Johns hopes to continue this partnership with the WCA in the future. As future technology moves away from ITD use, she believes the WCA would be a great candidate for future donations.
ITD District 3 is headquartered in Boise, ID.