KeeFORCE Collects Computers for 3rd World Students
By WestKyStar Staff
PADUCAH, KY - KeeFORCE, the outsourced I.T. department for over 125 businesses in the Purchase Region will be collecting used computers and equipment to be placed in schools and orphanages in various Third World countries. KeeFORCE has partnered with Healing Hands International (HHI) again this year to collect the used computer equipment; erase the hard drives and reprogram the units with educational software prior to shipping overseas. Desktop CPU, laptop and notebook units are desired. Flat screen monitors and keyboards will also be accepted.
Healing Hands International (HHI), a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization based in Nashville, TN has delivered more than $100 million in aid to 75 countries around the world since 1991. To date, HHI has provided over 1,400 desktop and notebook computers to 19 countries. There continues to be a tremendous demand for computers in Third World countries. Your donated computers will be used to teach less fortunate people around the world key business skills that will help them obtain a method to support themselves that they may never otherwise achieve.
“KeeFORCE is always looking for opportunities to do something positive in the community we serve”, stated David Morse, Director of Marketing for KeeFORCE. “When we started this project last year, we thought we might collect a few hundred computers at best. Our community responded by donating over 1,200 computers to educate people far less fortunate than us.”
In order to provide a level of comfort and security for each donor, every computer collected by KeeFORCE will have its hard drive completely erased using software created by LSoft Technologies Inc. The software is in compliance with Health Information Protection Act and cleans the hard drive according to the U.S. Department of Defense 5220.22-M standard. Any non-useable hard drive will be recycled at the recycling center. All identification will be removed to avoid recognition of the donor.
KeeFORCE will be on-site at the following locations to accept computer donations:
• Tuesday, Oct. 22nd, 8 am – 3 pm
Mayfield-Graves County Chamber of Commerce
201 East College Street, Mayfield, KY
• Wednesday, Oct. 23rd, 8 am – 3 pm
Paducah Area Chamber of Commerce Commerce Center
300 South 3rd Street., Paducah, KY
• Thursday, Oct. 24th – 8 am – 3 pm
Murray – Calloway County Chamber of Commerce
805 North 12th St., Murray, KY
***KeeFORCE will provide onsite pickup at your location for any business donating a minimum of 10 computers.
Donated computers may be considered a contribution to a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization subject to IRS regulations. Seek the advice of a qualified tax professional with any questions.
For more information contact David Morse, Director of Marketing for KeeFORCE at 270-366-0551 or by email to DMorse@KeeFORCE.com. For additional information on Healing Hands International, please visit www.HHI.org.