St. Vincent de Paul and Redline Computers have joined together for a new program to assist under-privileged students in Yellowstone County.
Project REBOOT (Refurbished Electronics Bringing Out Opportunities Together) will refurbish and restore non-functioning computers donated to St. Vincent de Paul, and in turn St. Vincent de Paul will make them available for needy area students.
Mike Hines, owner of Redline Computers, said the program gives his company the chance to give something back to the community.
“Many of these machines St. Vincent de Paul receives would end up in the landfill. With a little care and a few replaced parts, we can bring these machines back to life.”
St. Vincent de Paul receives dozens of donated non-functional machines each year, among items the charity obtains for resale.
Ed Zabrocki, executive director of St. Vincent de Paul, explained how the machines will benefit the community: “Many students, young and old, in Yellowstone County need a functioning computer for school studies but can’t afford them. With the help of Mike and Redline Computers, now they can.”
The rebuilt machines students will receive include a CPU, monitor, keyboard, mouse, power cables and speakers if they are available.
The first group of restored computers went to Tumbleweed in November for its HopeLink Transitional Living Program, a local nonprofit organization that provides services to run-away, homeless and otherwise at-risk youth and their families.
Students must be enrolled in a local educational program to qualify to receive one of the repaired machines from Project REBOOT. If you know someone who needs a machine to continue studies, contact Vicki Massie, Volunteer Coordinator at St. Vincent de Paul.