Computers Advancing Education, Inc. is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, a public charity, as deemed by the Internal Revenue Service. The primary focus is to supply every student with the tools needed to compete and succeed in today's highly technological society. The volunteers at Computers Advancing Education, Inc. test and refurbish used computer equipment donated by major companies, small businesses or private individuals. All donations to this organization are tax-deductible. After refurbishment, the computers are supplied at no cost to schools, non-profit organizations, and individuals in an effort to support educational based programs. Over the past 11 years Computers Advancing Education, Inc. has supplied over 31,000+ free computers to schools and students all over the United States.
*****************The following is a list of requirements / qualifications for each applicant to receive a free computer system from Computers Advancing Education. *******************
A. Must be a student in the United States.
B. Must be registered for classes at a certified public or private school, institution of higher learning or classes taken online in the current semester.
C. Must show proof of registered class.
D. Must apply for the computer system through CAEI online application or through mail to CAEI post office box. (Walk-ins are not accepted).
E. Does not have a working computer in the place of residence
F. Is using the library or other sources to complete school work.
G. Cannot afford the cost to purchase a computer.
H. Online and home school classes only warrant a desktop system.
I. Laptops are for teachers and special needs students.
J. Special needs students are approved by the CAEI board based on medical history from a doctor.
K. All computer systems given to individuals are based on the approval of the CAEI review board
L. Schools have the first priority to receive computers or computer systems.
M. The distribution and schedule of hardware will be set up by the CAEI resource manager.
N. If approved, must be able to pick up the hardware at our facility.
O. The type, pedigree and product definition at the time of distribution is determined by the CAEI distribution manager.
P. CAEI management reserves the right for additional review anytime during the application and approval process.
Computers Advancing Education began as a side project in the garage of Fremont Bassett - also known as "Freebie". He and his son John worked together to build a computer for a young student whose family could not afford one. Realizing that there could be many other students in the same situation, Freebie decided to try and help as many kids as possible. He shared his vision with organizers from the Astronaut Memorial Foundation and the NASA Education Outreach program. Large companies around Brevard County began donating their dated computer equipment to help the cause. Freebie gathered coworkers to help refurbish the computers. Now 11 years later the organization has 38 volunteers, has grown to a bigger facility, and continues to grow.
Saving systems from going to waste
Rebuild and Repurpose
Maximizing potential usefulness of donated hardware
Filling a Need
Giving computers to students and organizations that need them
advancing educational opportunities with computers
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