Where to donate computers in the OC? 7 Charities That Need Your PC, And How To Give It To Them

Do you have an old computer that you no longer need, sitting in your closet, collecting dust?

If you’re wondering where to donate computers, then consider a donation for nonprofits!

Here’s seven local Californian charities you can approach…

Where To Donate Computers – 7 Charitable Options To Consider

1. eBay Charity (eBay Giving Works)

Yes, eBay has their own charity program. It’s called eBay Giving Works and it lets you divert some (or all) of your earning from selling stuff on eBay to your favorite cause.

While it isn’t giving them the physical device, it is still giving them the benefit.

Here’s how it works:

  1. Choose your favorite cause
  2. Select the percentage of the sale that will go to your favorite charity (10-100%)
  3. Start selling your item/s

The eBay Giving Works boasts over 18,000 charity programs, including The Humane Society (United States), American Red Cross and American Cancer Society.

2. Komputer 4 Kids

  • Website
  • Type – Non-profit organization
  • Address – Bellflower, CA 90706
  • Phone – 562 219-5485
  • Hours – Mon. to Fri. – 12 AM to 5 PM

Komputer 4 Kids is an organization created to help underprivileged students who don’t have a computer at their home. They’re situated in Southern Cali, and accept all kinds of computer electronics – whether or not they’re operating as intended.

Where to donate computers to them? Follow their simple donating process:

  1. Fill out your contact information
  2. Select what electronic device you’ll be donating
  3. Choose the delivery method (drop-off, pick up, shipping)

3. Veterans First

  • Website
  • Type – Non-profit organization
  • Address – Santa Ana, CA 92706
  • Phone – 714 547-0615
  • Hours – Mon. to Fri. – 10 AM to 5 PM

This is a 501 c(3) non-profit organization. They focus on helping homeless and in-need veterans gain access to PCs so that they can effectively search for jobs, write resumes, utilize online education programs etc.

Where to donate computers to Veterans First? Give them a call to discuss the details of your donation.

4. Orange County Children’s Therapeutic Arts

  • Website
  • Type – Non-profit organization
  • Address – Santa Ana, CA 9270
  • Phone – 714 547-5468
  • Hours – Mon. to Sat. – 8.30 AM to 8.30 PM

This is a non-profit arts organization based in OC that’s focused on helping children to reach their full potential through arts. There are computer training programs as well, so PC donations are always welcome.

To find out where to donate computers to them, call or visit their center. They prefer to talk about what they might need before just accepting your old computer.

5. Project Independence

  • Website
  • Type – Non-profit organization
  • Address – Costa Mesa, CA 92626
  • Phone – 714 549-3464
  • Hours – Mon. to Fri. – 8 AM to 4.30 PM

Project Independence is a 501(c)3 organization, and their mission is to help adults with developmental disabilities by promoting civil rights for them and utilize services that expand their freedom.

Any equipment donations (including computers) will be used by their staff and clients to further expand their operations.

If you’re interested in donating your old computer to this charity, contact them directly using the details above.

6. Talbert Middle School – PTO

  • Website
  • Type – Non-profit organization
  • Address – Huntington Beach, CA 92646
  • Phone – 714 378-4220
  • Hours – Every second Wednesday of each month at 8 AM

This is a PTO (paid time off), non-profit organization that’s essentially made up of parents, educators, and staff, with a focus on improving the wellbeing and educational benefits of students.

They’re currently in need for computers in order to expand their very own eSports league, so you can donate the PC that you no longer need. Register at their PTO site then you’ll be given all the details you need to donate computer equipment to this charity.

7. WalkingShield

  • Website
  • Type – Non-profit organization
  • Address – Lake Forest, CA 92630
  • Phone – 949 639-0472
  • Hours – N/A

WalkingShield is concentrated on improving the lives of American Indian families. They’re also looking to provide PCs to schools that service American Indian students.

If you’re looking for computer donations for nonprofits, WalkingShield is a great option. Donating is straightforward and is done via their Donate page by providing:

  • Your first and last names
  • Your email address
  • Your donation pledge

STOP! Before Donating A Computer, Do This Critical Step FIRST!

Before donating your computer, you MUST erase all of your personal data. Pressing “Delete” is not enough…

Good news! We recently created this post on free hard drive wipe software to help you out.

Criminals are crafty enough to know how to retrieve and access personal information from an old PC, so erasing the information on your computer prior to donating will protect you from potential identity theft and cybercrime.

Think this sounds far-fetched? Think again…

According to a recent Identity fraud report, in 2017 more than 6% (6.64% to be precise) of users became victims of identity fraud, which is more than 1 million more compared to 2016. Account takeover also grew significantly, resulting in total financial losses of $5.1 billion in 2017.

When You Can’t Donate Old Computers To Charity, Here’s Where to Take Them

In some cases, your PC might not be eligible for donating (too old, not working, etc.). That’s when you need to recycle them instead. You may even be able to make money recycling your computer for scrap.

Here are the three best local, Orange County recycling options to use – listed depending on the quantity of computers you need to dispose of:

If Disposing of Single Items

When Recycling a Few Items

Got Bulk I.T. Equipment to Remove?

 

At All Green, recycling is in our culture. Stay up-to-date with our local recycling event page where we list fundraisers and other great causes you can use to contribute your I.T. assets.

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