KeeFORCE Offers Safe Way to Donate Computers
By WestKyStar Staff
SYMSONIA, KY - KeeFORCE, the outsourced IT department for over 100 businesses in the Purchase Region is accepting used computers and equipment to be placed in schools and orphanages in various Third World countries. KeeFORCE has partnered with Healing Hands International (HHI) to collect the used computer equipment; erase the hard drives and reprogram the units with educational software prior to shipping overseas. Desktop, laptop and notebook units are desired.
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 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 orphans and women 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 Healing Hands asked us if any of our customers might have unwanted computers they needed to dispose of, we decided to take it one step further in providing a valuable service to our entire community. This project will provide a safe, secure and environmentally friendly method for individuals and businesses in our area to dispose of unwanted computers while helping under-privileged people in Third World nations.”
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:
• Wednesday, October 31st, 7:30 am – 3:00 pm - Mayfield-Graves County Chamber of Commerce, 201 East College Street, Mayfield, KY
• Thursday, November 1st, 7:00 am – 9:00 am - Paducah Area Chamber of Commerce’s Power In Partnerships Breakfast – Julian Carroll Convention Center (parking lot)
• Thursday, November 1st – 9:00 am – 3:00 pm – Paducah Area Chamber of Commerce, Commerce Center, 401 Kentucky Ave., Paducah, KY
• Friday, November 2nd – 7:30 am – 3:00 pm – Murray – Calloway County Chamber of Commerce, 805 North 12th St., Murray, KY
Donated computers may be considered a contribution to a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization subject to IRS regulations. Please 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.