What is Bridging the Digital Divide Computer Refurbishment?

Under the direction of invaluable community volunteer, Jack Rappaport, Binghamton University students refurbish used computers, which are then loaned out to community members through partner organizations. To ensure that recipients are able to use the computers effectively, computers are only loaned to those who have completed a computer literacy class with a partner organization.

Time Commitment

Computer refurbishment sessions are usually held once per week, typically on the weekends (2-3 hours per session), for the duration of the semester. Volunteers are expected to attend every session or to notify the Refurbishment Director if they will are not able to attend.

Refurbishment Volunteers

Student volunteers are drawn from all academic pursuits.
The key criteria are that each student:

  • Has an interest in learning about computer refurbishment
  • Is able to follow directions well
  • Is reliable, willing and able to devote two to three hours on Saturday mornings or afternoons during the semester

Knowledge about computer construction is not required.

Next Steps: Get Involved!

Binghamton University students interested in getting involved, please email to indicate your interest in becoming a computer refurbishment volunteer. As with the computer literacy program, it is best to indicate interest at the start of the semester. Once refurbishment sessions are underway, BDDP does not usually accept more refurbishment volunteers.