Irving First Texas City to Launch Computer Reuse Program

The City of Irving is the first municipality in Texas and the second in the U.S. to implement a computer reuse program in which city-owned computer equipment is donated free of charge to low- and moderate- income families and nonprofit organizations. Irving is the first city in Texas and the second in the U.S. to offer a computer reuse program.

Irving initiated the program in April 2008 and the first of 25 computers were presented to six families and two nonprofit organizations. City employees refurbish the computers by cleaning the hard drives, installing the operating system and software, and thoroughly cleaning the PCs and monitors prior to distribution. 

Families receiving the computers are responsible for installing the equipment. Recipients also are encouraged to attend computer training classes offered by a variety of resources including the Irving Public Library and North Lake College. When the time comes to dispose of the equipment, recipients agree to properly discard it using the city’s drop-off Electronic Recycling Program locations.
 
“I think it’s fantastic what the City of Irving has done for us,” said Brenda Fowlkes, computer recipient. “I’ll use it for research and for paying bills, and my daughter will be able to use it for projects in school.” 

“The city hopes the Irving Computer Reuse Program will create opportunities for parents, caregivers and children to come together through technology and produce limitless opportunities in their lives,” said Councilman Joe Philipp.
 
To take full advantage of the computers, recipients are encouraged to attend training classes offered by resources such as the Irving Public Library and North Lake College.

Special thank you to the Housing and Human Services Department and TechSoup/Microsoft.

For more information click here or call Information Technology at (972) 721-2677.

Posted Jan. 6, 2009