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Computers For Kids is a registered charity comprised of working people who are dedicated to improving the lives of everyone in our community through education and training.
Our innovative approach to technology transforms unwanted computers into educational tools for children. Increased reliance on computers in our society has made availability of computers and computer training to our youth increasingly important.
Over 2000 computers donated to children in need
40+ after school & summer programs serviced
Over 2.5 million lbs. of e-waste recycled
Make a Contribution
We rely on the donation of computers to fulfill the requests of deserving applicants. Without your generous donations, we wouldn't be able to provide our community with this type of service.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is computers for kids?
Computers For Kids is a registered charity (Charitable Status Number 86000 1437 RR0001) located in Windsor, Ontario. Our facility includes a 24,000 square foot warehouse dedicated to refurbishing and recycling electronics. Our goal is to seek out serviceable electronic donations, both personal and corporate, so that we may assist the children of our community with computer access.
What is our mission?
We are dedicated to transforming unwanted computers into educational tools for children in need. In doing so, we are helping to preserve the environment through the responsible reuse and recycling of electronic waste.
What is our vision?
We recognize the importance of computer literacy and believe that all children should have access to computer technology.
What is our history?
Founded in early 2004, Computers for Kids has partnered to open over 40 after school and summer programs. We have also made individual placements of computers that are benefiting over 2000 special needs youth. All of this has helped us to divert over 2.5 million lbs. of electronic waste from area landfills.
What services do we offer?
Our organization takes great pride in allowing every resident in Windsor/Essex County to contribute to a healthier environment by providing a place to safely and responsibly recycle their used electronic goods.
We specialize in computer refurbishing and placement, with our primary focus being the opening of centres. This allows the students to participate in structured programs designed to provide them with an educational hand-up. We do recognize, however, that there are instances where an individual placement would be more appropriate.
What is our environmental policy?
Computers For Kids is strongly committed to reducing the city of Windsor's environmental footprint. We strive to continually improve the area's habitat by utilizing environmentally sound practices in every aspect of our work. We insist upon maintaining strict compliance with every applicable federal, provincial and municipal act of environmental legislation.
What is "e-waste"?
Electronic waste, e-waste, e-scrap, or Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) describes loosely discarded, surplus, obsolete, broken, electrical or electronic devices. In Ontario, this includes Desktop computers, Portable computers, Computer peripherals, Monitors, Televisions, Printing devices, Telephones (physical and accessories), Cellular phones, PDA’s and pagers, Audio and video players, Cameras, Equalizers, (pre)amplifiers, Radios, Receivers, Speakers, Tuners, Turntables, Video players/projectors, Video recorders, and Personal hand held computers.
What is the issue?
E-waste contains a number of very serious contaminants such as lead, cadmium, beryllium, and brominated flame retardants. It also contains a number of valuable materials, including copper, steel, plastics, etc.
There is also a rapidly growing problem of young people falling behind in school because they lack access to computer technology away from school.
What e-waste can be donated to us?
Computers for Kids accepts donation of all OES Phase 1 and Phase 2 materials. For a complete list, please see the attached file (Phase 1 & 2 Materials.pdf).
Why should you donate?
There are other organizations that will accept your unwanted electronic waste, but by giving to Computers for Kids, you are helping us to fulfill our mandate of ensuring that no child falls behind because they don't have access to computer technology away from school.
You are also helping to ensure that we leave this world a better place than we found it!
Click here for information on accepted computer & electronic donations, non-electronic donations and corporate pickup services.
Click here for information on our corporate donors & community organizations, as well as grants and affiliations.
Media & Events
Click here for links to related media coverage, as well as our event calendar & downloadable event planning forms.
- Computers & Electronics
- Non-Electronic Goods
- Corporate Pick-Up Service
Computers & Electronics
We rely on the donation of computers to fulfill the requests of deserving applicants. Without your generous donations, we wouldn't be able to provide our community with this type of service. We will put to good use computer of any age and type. Once deemed re-usable, our technicians repair and refurbish the donated computers.
Because data security is extremely important to us, no computer is donated without having its hard drive wiped clean. We ensure that all of a donated computer's existing data is eliminated and we install a new operating system on each unit before it reaches its new owner. Any hard drive which is designated for recycling is dismantled and shredded.
We accept working or not:
- Any computers or equipment
- Computer accessories (mice, keyboards, power cords, etc.)
- Computer peripherals (printers, fax machines, scanners, etc...)
- Cell phones
- CRT & LCD computer monitors
- All Televisions
- All Audio / Video Equipment
- All non-ferrous and precious metals
- Copper based wiring
We do not accept the following:
- Household Refuse
- Vehicle Tires
- Air Conditioners
- Cleaning Supplies
- Packaging Materials
- Smoke Alarms
You can also assist our organization by donating non-electronic items. We will also put to good use:
Corporate Pick-Up Service
We offer a free pick-up service for businesses and organizations which have equipment to donate if they meet the following criteria:
- Must be located in Windsor or surrounding area
- We request that you make every effort to have your donation easily accessible
Charitable tax receipts are available for all equipment donations which have an estimated value in excess of $200.
Please fill out the following form to request corporate pick-up service:
- Corporate Donors
- Community Organizers
- Grants & Affiliations
Our organization is built for our community by our community. Many thanks to these businesses and organizations which have generously donated in order to further reach our cause:
- AG Simpson
- Ambassador Dental Group
- Ambassador Insurance
- AON Insurance
- Arrow Mailing
- Audio Tek
- Baker Investments
- Bellwood Poultry
- Big Brothers Big Sisters
- Brian Masse, MP Windsor West
- Buckingham Realty
- Canada Customs
- Career Development Services
- CAW Local 444
- CBC Windsor
- Central Plastics
- Chamber of Commerce
- Chrome Shield
- City Of Windsor
- Colbro Equipment
- Coles Metal
- Community Living Essex County
- Coyle’s Jewelers
- Credit Counselling
- Daimler Chrysler Financial Services
- Detroit Lions
- Detroit Windsor Tunnel
- Duke Energy
- Dynamic Tool
- Elizabeth Papp Law Firm
- Enwin Utilities
- Essex Power
- Essex United Church
- Essex-Windsor Sold Waste Authority
- Express Moulding
- Falcon Tool & Die
- Fleetwood Metal
- Flex n Gate
- Ford Windsor Casting Plant
- Green Shield Canada
- Ground Effects
- Gus Revenberg
- Habitat Restore
- Halmark Memorial
- Hiram Walker
- Hotel Dieu
- House of Shalom Youth Centre
- Intergram Seating
- Jefferson Metal
- Joe Comartin MP Windsor—Tecumseh
- Johnson Marshall Insurance
- Kamin Fisher Law Firm
- Lakeside Plastic
- Lekter Industrial
- Loaring Construction
- Motor City Credit Union
- Mr. Safety Shoes
- Multicultural Council of Windsor-Essex County
- Noble Trade
- New Beginnings
- Omstead Foods
- PBL Insurance
- PC Outfitters
- Pelee Hydroponics
- Precision Jewelers
- Quality Caps
- Quality Safety Systems
- RBC Ministries
- Rose City Ford* (Vehicle Donation)
- Rotary Club of Windsor
- Russell A Farrow
- Salvation Army
- Sandra Pupatello, MPP Windsor-West
- Science Center
- Sentrix Computer
- Shoppers Drug Mart
- Shur-lok Ltd.
- Souillere Financial
- Southland Insurance
- St. Clair College Windsor
- St.Vincent de Paul
- Teen Health Center
- The Greater Essex County District School Board
- The Windsor Star
- The Windsor-Essex Catholic District School Board
- Town of Kingsville
- Town of Lakeshore
- Trios College
- Unemployed Help Center
- University Of Windsor
- Valiant Tool & Mold
- Vans LTL Courier
- Ventra Plastics
- Walbridge Aldinger
- Windsor Family Credit Union
- Windsor Occupational Health Information Service
- Windsor Salt
- Windsor Welding
Our partnerships with the following community organizations have allowed us the opportunity to create computer labs to service Windsor/Essex County youth:
- Amherstburg Early Learning Center
- Ashgrove Manor
- Essex County Chinese Association
- Essex Youth Center
- Jefferson Community Center
- Lakeshore Community Center
- New Beginnings
- Multi-Cultural Council of Windsor/Essex
- Reach For The Skye
- Riverside United Church
- Skills Link Canada "West Side Pride"
In addition to the above, we are pleased to have provided computers to families through the following referring agencies:
- City of Windsor Social Services
- Windsor/Essex Children's Aid Society
- Immaculate Conception
- Help Link
- Canadian Natioanl Institute for the Blind
- Unemployed Help Centre
- H.J. Lassaline School
- Kennedy Collegiate
- Hugh Beaton
- Autism Ontario
- Childrens Health Care Network
- F.W. Begley Public School
- General Brock Elementary
- Marlborough Public School
- Prince Edward Public School
- Western Secondary School
- Family Respite Services
- John Campbell Public
- Victim Witness Assist
- Dougall Public
- St. Josephs Catholic High School
- Northwood Public School
- Mount Carmel-Blytheswood
- Queen Victoria Public
- Our Lady of Perpetual Help
- D.M. Eagle
- Windsor Women working with Immigrant women
- New Canadian Centre of Excellence
- Windsor Regional Childrens Centre
- Multicultural Council of Windsor
- Teen Health Centre
- Health Unit
- New Beginnings
- Herman School
- J.L. Forster
- CAW Local 200
- Concord Public School
- Community Living
- Roseville School
- Citizen Advocacy
- St. Clair College
- Walkerville Collegiate
- Harrow Junior Public School
- Davis Public School
- Sandwich Community Health Centre
- Eastwood Public School
- John McGivney Childrens Centre
- Windsor Homes Coalition Centre
- Lajaunesse High School
- ABC Day Nursery of Windsor
- F.J. Brennan Catholic High School
- Forest Glade Public School
- Prince Andrew Public School
- Leamington District High School
- Leamington Area Ecumenical Refugee
- Glenwood Elementary School
- Victoria Public School
- St. Vincent de Paul
- Century Secondary School
- St. Josephs Health Care London/Windsor ACT Team
- St. Marys Family Learning Centre
- Big Brothers Big Sisters Windsor Essex
- St. Bernard Catholic School
Grants & Affiliations
Since our inception, several grants have made it possible for us develop and expand our program. This instrumental funding has given us chance to grow as an organization and touch the lives of more children than ever would have been possible without them.
- Computer Placements
- E-Waste Recycling
- Kids Safety
Relationships with the following local organizations dedicated to the betterment of our community's youth have allowed us to locate and assist the children who need our help the most:
What is electronic waste? Electronic waste is defined as any broken or unwanted electronic device. When e-waste is not properly recycled, it can be very damaging to the environment and cause health concerns because of the toxicity and carcinogenicity of these products.
Electronic waste is the fastest growing waste stream in our society and needs to be recycled just as any paper, plastic or tin product in our home or office. Unfortunately in our society, only 15% of electronic waste is currently being recycled properly. E-waste can leach and pollute our water when left in landfills.
No industry sector is moving faster than computers and technology. The demand for the “latest and greatest” electronic gadget means an excess in “outdated” electronics. Here are some interesting facts to consider:
- An average computer life span for original user is two years
- An average cell phone life span for original user is one year
- New breakthroughs in technology occur approx. every six weeks
The internet can be a useful tool and source of entertainment for the entire family. For kids in particular, the world wide web is a wonderful resource that can be used to play interactive games, communicate with peers and research school reports. Kids who are old enough to use a mouse and keyboard can literally have the world at their fingertips! Yet despite its extraordinary potential, the internet can pose hazards for children and adults alike. It's important to be aware of what your kids do and see online. Now is the time to teach your children about the dangers and benefits of being connected. Here are some helpful tips for keeping your kids safe when using the internet:
- Keep the computer in a central location where the screen is visible to everyone.
- Invite your children to show you their favourite websites as a way to positively monitor them.
- Learn about parental control software and don’t be afraid to use it!
- Maintain access to any account your child opens online and don’t be afraid to do a spot check!
Unmonitored internet usage may mean increased exposure to online predators and innapropriate content. Keep your children informed of danger signs with these tips:
- Never arrange to meet someone in person that you have met online
- Never upload or share personal files or photos with someone you don’t personally know
- Never give out personal information such as your home address, or phone number
- Always remember that what people tell you online may not always be the truth
- Events Calendar
- Event Application Form
- Media Coverage
- Photo Gallery
Event Application Form
Interested in collaborating with Computers For Kids to host an event? CFK is always looking for opportunities to partner with like-minded organizations to raise funds, spread awareness, and improve our community. Fill out the form below for more information about the many event hosting options available with Computers For Kids!
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- E-Waste Donations
Daily E-Waste drop-offs at the following locations:
- Harrow/South Colchester Arena
- Joe Meloche Ford, Amherstburg
- Colasanti's Tropical Gardens, Ruthven