The Reason for Community Computer Alliance
Dan Hurst founded Community Computer Alliance (CCA) as a way to bridge the gap between technology and the community. In 2006, after recovering from a drug addiction, he discovered his ability to refurbish broken computers. In 2007, he borrowed $5 from a friend, bought and restored a broken computer, sold it for $90, and began to repeat the cycle. After three years, he opened up three retail stores. He witnessed many individuals, like himself, recovering from drug addiction and criminal backgrounds, yet unable to pursue careers or education due to lack of access to computers and technology skills. Dan began CCA to refurbish old computers and donate them to those in need.
In 2010, CCA received 501(c)(3) nonprofit tax-exempt status. In October 2012, Dan closed the retail stores and became a full-time volunteer for the organization.Technology-related services, such as job readiness and outreach programs are offered for free.
Community Computer Alliance is a full circle non-profit organization that gives back to the community that donates to us. Given your donations of items, we will test to see if they work. Once we determined that status the items could follow different routes:
- Refurbishable items enter into our outreach program.
- Non-refurbishable items enter into our electronic waste recycle program.
Our Job Readiness Program helps those in the community that have differing abilities obtain skill sets that foster confidence, great attitude, and an ability to work with others. Program participants learn how to refurbish a computer from the ground up. This includes:
- Installing hardware & software
- Troubleshooting issues
- Proper data sanitation procedures
Serving individuals in the Job Skills program is a primary component of Community Computer Alliance’s mission to strengthen our community through technology. Fulfilling this mission at times requires CCA to limit Job Skills training participants in accordance with the confines of our space and staffing to ensure a safe work environment for CCA employees, volunteers, job coaches, and Job Skills program participants. Community Computer Alliance therefore reserves the right to refuse Job Skills training partnerships and/ or referrals on the basis of these space and/ or staffing limitations.
Community Computer Alliance does not discriminate on the basis of age, sex, race, color, religion, disability, sexual orientation, marital status, veteran status, or any other basis as specified by federal, state, and local laws and regulations, and does not tolerate such discrimination by its staff.