GIVIT ACT Community Coordinator, Kristi Clark, with some of the refurbished computers that are helping students and workers to stay connected during COVID-19.

Pre-loved electronic devices, such as desktop computers, laptops and mobile phones, that would normally be recycled as e-waste are being refurbished to support workers and students impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

GIVIT has partnered with Canberra based IT company, SOLVit Network Support, to bring connection to those who need it most during the COVID-19 crisis. 

SOLVit managing director Damien Samios said COVID-19 has “completely changed the way some local businesses operate; by providing IT assets we can help these businesses to stay afloat in the current crisis”.

“SOLVit is working around the clock to restore the electronic devices, and so far, over 20 charity organisations across the region have benefited from receiving refurbished computers.

“It’s easy to stay motivated when you know these refurbished devices make the difference between someone in our community being able to work, have a means for connection and students enrolled in tertiary courses being able to continue their studies.”

GIVIT regional manager Caroline Odgers said 2020 has brought about significant challenges for the Canberra community – from bushfires, to severe weather events and now, the impacts of COVID-19. “But 2020 has also shone a light on how supportive, uplifting and hardworking our community is to make sure no one is left behind in a crisis”.

“We urgently need more computers (desktops or laptops) for families and individuals struggling at this time. For many, this is the only way they can study, stay connected with their support services, remain employed, or seek new employment opportunities,” Ms Odgers said.

If you have pre-loved, good quality IT equipment, including computers, monitors, keyboards, mice, laptops, tablets and mobile phones that you no longer use or were considering recycling as e-waste, you can find out more information or donate online via GIVIT.org.au

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