The Trenton Digital Initiative wants your old computer. It turns out that beige box sitting in your storage room can be refurbished into a vital tool for many students who still lack access to the Internet. Since its founding in 2012, TDI has distributed more than 900 computers to schoolchildren, and it is looking for 500 more for its latest drive.
Past recipients include 60 families at the Gregory School, 80 students in the Big Brothers and Big Sisters intern programs, 28 students from the Trenton Literacy Movement’s online reading programs, and 42 families in Rush Crossing low-income housing. Participants may take advantage of the Comcast Essentials program (InternetEssentials.com) that provides high-speed Internet for $9.95 a month to eligible households.
TDI Connect is seeking donations to supply the Trenton Literacy Movement’s 250-plus elementary school students who wish to continue their online reading programs at home, the Mercer Street Friends Parenting Program, and several other Trenton-based programs for the community.
Corporations, schools, and even individuals can contribute computers without incurring recycling fees. Computers are refurbished by TDI’s trained volunteers, who erase all data on the disk through the installation of the Linux-based Xubuntu operating system. TDI Connect accepts donated desktop or laptop computers that have a 64-bit Core Duo processor or better, two gigabytes of RAM, and at least 160 gigs of hard drive space.
Computers can be delivered to TDI Connect’s new offices at Mill One, Suite A110, 1 North Johnston Avenue, Hamilton Township. To arrange a time to drop off computers, or organize other options for larger donations, please email PCdonations@TDIConnect.org, call 609-462-2933, or call firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Trenton Digital Initiative was founded by Glenn Paul, the founder of Clancy Paul, a computer retailer, in the 1980s. Paul, who currently runs a mobile data company called Textler, wants to give Trenton residents access to the Internet and the world of free education opportunities it provided. (U.S. 1, October 14, 2015.)
Paul says there is a plentiful supply of used computers in the Prince-ton area that they can be turned into very capable machines with the installation of free software.