BBB hands out refurbished computers to needy organizations

Four local non-profit organizations are working on new-to-them electronic equipment thanks to a partnership between the Better Business Bureau of Vancouver Island and the ­Electronic Recycling Association.

The partnership donated 25 electronic devices that were refurbished following a recycling event devices held last month by the BBB.

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Old and unwanted ­electronic devices were collected from around the region during the shredding and recycling event.

The items were assessed, cleaned, and refurbished by the recycling association and then handed out to the Harbour of Hope Refugee Assistance ­Society, Victoria Women in Need Co-operative, Greater Victoria Coalition to End Homelessness and the Bateman Foundation.

“At Harbour of Hope, we have two high school student refugees that will be receiving a laptop each to help them in their studies,” said society president ­Noelle Mason.

The Greater Victoria ­Coalition to End Homelessness will use the donation to help those in need with resume building and improving computer skills.

BBB president Rosalind Scott said some organizations will use the machines themselves, while others will pass them on to ­people in need in the ­community.

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