General Electric nonprofit will rehab, donate old computers

SCHENECTADY — Having an outdated or damaged personal computer accumulating dust at dwelling can be an opportunity to aid someone in will need and get a tax deduction, far too.

GE Elfun Laptop Rehab of Schenectady is encouraging individuals to turn in individuals defunct devices so they can rehab and donate them to people in want, precisely educational institutions and other nonprofit corporations.

Volunteers at the nonprofit have turned 1 person’s junk into another’s treasure for years. The tech-savvy wizards get the desktops, wipe the drives, give them a new memory main and install Microsoft Windows software.

The only price to recipients is about $10 for the Microsoft license. The labor and products are provided at no expense, Elfun President Terry Lustofin discussed.

The group, composed primarily of Typical Electric retirees like Lustofin, was refurbishing and donating about 800 computer systems a 12 months prior to the pandemic.

But after shutdowns pressured the group to choose an eight-thirty day period hiatus away from their GE shop, it has but to achieve these numbers once more. Elfun was capable to restore about 550 desktops previous yr and is striving to donate 700 this calendar year.

The team can undoubtedly do it but needs a lot more donated personal computers and laptops.

Lustofin claimed the business gets most of its laptops from one company donor who has assisted them arrive at more people over the past couple several years, but it’s not enough.