Chicago Chapter : what we do
The Chicago Chapter is very active. Volunteers refurbish donated computers and have shipped 3018 computers to classrooms in developing since April of 2008. Most work is done on Saturdays at our warehouse at 1965 W Pershing in Chicago.
- April 2008 four hundred computers shipped to schools in Kaduna, Nigeria.
- October 2009 two hundred computers shipped to schools in Senegal.
- June 2010 two hundred computers shipped to schools in Piedras Negras, Mexico.
- December 2010 twenty computers shipped to schools in Haiti and 200 computers shipped to schools in the Dominican Republic.
- December 2011 200 computers shipped to schools in Nicaragua
- April 2012 200 computers preloaded with content in Spanish were shipped to schools in Piedras Negras, Mexico
- June 2013 400 preloaded with content in Spanish were shipped to schools in Piedras Negras, MX
- June 2013 300 preloaded computers with content in Spanish and Wikipedia were shipped to schools in the Dominican Republic
- March 2015 preloaded 28 computers with content in French and Wikipedia were shipped to schools in Haiti
- June 2015 preloaded 10 computers with content in French and Wikipedia were shipped to schools in Haiti
- August 2015 preloaded 183 computers with content in Spanish and Wikipedia were shipped to schools in Honduras
- August 2015 preloaded 281 computers with content in Spanish and Wikipedia were shipped to schools in the Dominican Republic
- September 2015 preloaded 28 computers with content in French and Wikipedia were shipped to schools in Haiti
- January 2016 preloaded 250 computers with content in Spanish and Wikipedia were shipped to schools in Mexico
- September 2016 preloaded 108 computers with with content in Spanish and Wikipedia were shipped to schools in Puerto Rico
Chicago Chapter : how to volunteer
Most our our volunteers participate in work events on Saturdays. People from the age of 14 and up are welcome to join our work. Volunteers need general computer knowledge. Training is provided for our refurbishing process. Knowledge of computer repair is very beneficial but not required.
Prospective volunteers should fill out our online volunteer form. Volunteers who sign up to help us in Chicago will receive weekly emails on upcoming events in Chicago.
Volunteers who join with specific talents are needed in the following areas: marketing, fund-raising, computer sourcing, computer pickups (weekdays), social media and content development
More details about volunteering can be found at the WCE Chicago Volunteers Website
Chicago Chapter : computer donation process
Over 95% of our computers come thru corporate or institutional donations. Here is a list of the equipment we need.
Free prompt pickup of donations of 8 or more computer units is offered. Smaller donations can be brought to the warehouse at 1965 W Pershing, Chicago. To arrange a pickup or drop-off, please contact Chicago Coordinator, Jack ODonnell. email@example.com 773.316.2944
As part of the refurbishing process, the hard drives of all computers are wiped. Should a hard drive fail wiping, it is physically destroyed and recycled. In some cases, WCE Chicago has accepted computers without hard drives.
All equipment which fails to meet our standards is stripped for parts and the remains are recycled by R2 or eSteward Certified Recyclers
Donors will receive a Donation Receipt documenting their donation.
Chicago Chapter : computer donors
We are indebted to the following groups, organizations and corporations for constant support in providing us with a constant stream of computers. Without our their support our mission would be impossible.
Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education
AIT Worldwide Logistics
Barnes & Thornburg LLP
Bentz of Kankakee Inc
Best, Vanderlaan & Harrington
Blackman Kallick: CPAs and Consultants
Cassell Elementary School
Chicago Executive Airport
Chicago History Museum
Chicago Public Schools
Chicago Teachers Union
Christo Rey Foundation
Debra and Lorenzo Clemons
First Secure Bank
Flexible Benefit Services
Global Capital, Ltd.
HealthCare Alternative Systems
Kankakee Community College
Keno Kozie Associates
Kim & Calvert Pediatrics
Laner, Muchin, Dombrow, Becker, Levin and Tominberg, Ltd
Machine Solution Providers
Malcolm X College
Melinda Holmes Associates
Midwest Truck and Auto Parts
National Museum of Mexican Art
New Lenox Public Library
Old St Mary’s Church
Our Lady of Loretto, Hometown
Robert Morris University
Sarah Van Assche Interiors
Saugatuck Public Schools
Sonrisa Family Dental
St. Sebastian SchoolÂ (Wisconsin)
Stan Johnson Company
Takeda Pharmaceuticals U.S.A., Inc.
Village of Mundelein
Village of Lincolnwood
Youth Technology Corps