Chicago, IL

Chicago, IL

About World Computer Exchange Chapters

World Computer Exchange depends on chapter volunteers to help us accomplish our mission. Volunteers help:

  • Raise Sponsorship funds to help WCE Partners with the last 1/3 of the sourcing and shipping costs (this includes Rotary Clubs)
  • Coordinate marketing for public computer donation events, eCorps recruitment, volunteer recruitment, speakers bureau, and press releases for shipments
  • Pick-up, inventory, test and pack donated used computers
  • Recruit eCorps tech volunteers from local universities and community and organize Speakers Bureau and work with local universities and high schools on community service, pairings, interns
  • Recruit, organize and nurture volunteers to help with Chapter & field work including for eWaste, eCorps, and capacity building
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Chicago Chapter: what we do

As of January 2016, our Chicago Chapter is very active. Volunteers from the Chicago area have gathered, refurbished, loaded educational content, packed, and shipped 17 times with over 2,910 computers that have connected 243 schools and 243,355 students 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, Mexic
  • 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
  • December 2015 preloaded  250 computers with content in Spanish and Wikipedia were shipped to schools in Mexico

The Chicago Chapter maintains a database of about 200 volunteers.  Currently 4 volunteers lead the work:

  • Jack ODonnell has been volunteering with WCE for 10 yrs.  He is the Chapter Coordinator.  He is responsible for acquiring PCs, coordinating volunteers and organizing work events
  • Earl Moore is seeking corporate donations of surplus used computers
  • Greg Neumarke has been with WCE for 6 years and is the Lead Tech.  He is repsonsible for the technical detalis and process of refurbishing

The Chicago Chapter Featured on ABC Ch 7 "Live Green with ABC 7 News"

On August 23rd, 2011 WCE-Chicago was selected as the feature for this news segment.  Watch it here.

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.  jodonnell@worldcomputerexchange.org  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. 


 

 WCE Chicago Volunteers load container for Senegal 

 

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 this volunteer form  and send it via email to the Chicago Coordinator, Jack ODonnell  jodonnell@worldcomputerexchange.org   Volunteers who sign up will receive weekly emails on upcoming events

Volunteers who join with specific talents are needed in the following areas: marketing, fundraising, computer sourcing, computer pickups(weekdays), social media and content development


Chicago Chapter: list of 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 their support our mission would be impossible.