Ben has a great post about Little Geeks, an organization dedicated to putting internet-connected computers into the homes of disadvantaged kids.
When I heard about what Andy Walker and his team were doing I was happy to ask around to find out if anyone I knew could donate anything to their cause. So far I have two complete systems sitting in my office ready to go, and several other possible donations in the queue. I also asked a friend of mine about furniture donations for the Little Geeks office (she works for Grand & Toy) and inquired with a colleague about office space (he’s in real estate).
Sure, they might not pan out – but at least I asked. I think that’s the biggest thing each of us can do. If we believe in a cause but can’t donate something or provide a service ourselves we can still take action and spread the word to friends, family and coworkers. You never know. The power of networking and passing ideas along is huge and each of us can make a call, or send an email and make an effort.
I’m sure that right now, as you sit there reading this, you can think of at least one person who might be able to donate a computer (or even parts!) or who might know someone else who could. It’s that simple. Are you emailing them right now? Come on, get at it!
From the Little Geeks website:
Little Geeks is a philanthropic organization that collects, refurbishes and re-distributes donated home computers to children in need. These computers are given free of charge, and are coupled with an Internet connection at the child’s home. It is our sincere hope that these gifts will inspire, create, and allow these children a future which they may not previously have dreamed of. The program is currently only available in the Greater Toronto Area. It is our goal to expand this program throughout Canada, the United States, and internationally. The Mission of Little Geeks is to provide free computing technology and education to children and families who cannot afford this resource on their own.