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Free computers for low-income families

Updated February 21, 2017

To keep up with the pace of education, news and society, computers have become an essential in the home. But families with low incomes may not be able to afford a computer. Several organisations have developed creative ways for these families to enjoy the use of a computer with little or no fees.

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Computer Recycling Center

Computer Recycling Center makes refurbished computers and laptops available to youth groups, low-income families, the elderly, teachers and other community-based non-profit organisations. Fill out their application form and include the appropriate shipping fee.

Accelerated Schools

Accelerated Schools offers a computer loan program that makes computers available to families through two methods. After submitting a £65 deposit that will be returned when the computer is returned, families can choose a slide show computer or a word processing computer. Call (800) SCHOOL3 or visit their website to learn more about the terms and conditions of this computer loan program.


Freecycle is an online network of charitable individuals who post gifts and donations of many things, including computers, so that others may benefit from their gifts. Click the link in the Resources section to sign up.

Computers 4 Kids

Computers 4 Kids are individual charitable organisations that provide local assistance to low-income families on how to acquire a free or low-cost computer. Click their link in Resources to view the locations of this computer donation organisation.

World Computer Exchange

World Computer Exchange is a portal for rescuing used computers, refurbishing them and distributing them throughout the world. This company has benefited many communities and organisations that otherwise would not have been able to afford a computer or laptop. Visit their website for more information on donating or receiving a free computer.

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About the Author

Naima Manal's articles on health, diet, nutrition, alternative medicine, education, parenting, crafts, travel, home and garden and home improvement have appeared on various websites. Manal received her Bachelor of Science in biology/pre-medical studies from Molloy College in 1994 and has been a freelance writer, teacher and homeschooling mom since 1993.

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