VAC Announces Ninth Annual Homes for Computers Program

6 years 8 months 3 weeks ago Tuesday, January 24 2012 Jan 24, 2012 Tuesday, January 24, 2012 6:15:08 AM CST January 24, 2012 in News
By: Emily Hauger

COLUMBIA -- Eligible VAC clients are once again able to receive surplus, used computers and equipment, including monitors, keyboards and mice, as part of the Homes for Computers Program.  

The City of Columbia, the Voluntary Action Center (VAC) and the Downtown Optimist Club are partnering to provide clients who are currently enrolled in VAC programs and services a chance to receive one of 30 computers.  To be eligible, families must be a current VAC client, a family consisting of at least one child in grades K-12, have a child enrolled in Columbia public schools and must not have a computer in the home.  

Applications are available at the VAC office, 403 A Vandiver, and must be completed and turned in to the VAC office by Feb. 15.  A drawing will be held if more applications are received than there are computers available.  

Winning clients will be notified the week of Feb. 20, and computers will be distributed to the winning clients by the Downtown Optimist Club on Saturday, Feb. 25, between 9a.m. and 12p.m. at the Optimist building, 1201 Grand Avenue, in Columbia.

Prior to the approval of the Homes for Computers Program in 2003, the city disposed of computers through the University of Missouri, Surplus Property Division.  318 computers have been distributed to deserving families through the program thus far. 

Questions regarding the application process should be directed to Nick Foster at the Voluntary Action Center, 449-6959.

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