Habitat for Humanity of Greater Columbus and TechUsed will collect used desktop computers, laptops, monitors, hard drives and other computing equipment from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 4 at TechUsed, 4231-H Leap Road, Hilliard.

Habitat for Humanity of Greater Columbus and TechUsed will collect used desktop computers, laptops, monitors, hard drives and other computing equipment from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 4 at TechUsed, 4231-H Leap Road, Hilliard.

The donated computers will be refurbished and distributed to about 75 Franklin County Habitat for Humanity families in need of home computers.

Black desktop monitors and Pentium 4 processors are most needed, but all donations are appreciated. Computer equipment does not have to be in working order to be donated. TechUsed will securely destroy all data files on donated equipment as a part of refurbishing to ensure privacy of any stored information.

Donated computers that may be beyond repair will be disassembled, destroyed and environmentally recycled to divert harmful computer materials from local landfills. A portion of the proceeds from the sale of any recycled materials also benefits Habitat for Humanity and helps to purchase software programs for the refurbished computers.

Habitat for Humanity International and Habitat for Humanity of Greater Columbus is an ecumenical Christian housing ministry. Habitat affiliates work locally in communities around the world to select and support homeowners, organize volunteers and coordinate house building. Since its founding in 1976, Habitat has built more than 300,000 homes worldwide, providing shelter for more than 1 million people in nearly 90 countries.

In the Greater Columbus community, Habitat has built more than 200 homes since 1987.

"We thank TechUsed for partnering with Habitat to help us collect and refurbish these computers," said said E.J. Thomas, CEO, Habitat for Humanity of Greater Columbus. "Adults in the recipient families use the computers to manage family needs such as budgeting and keeping up with home-care information, while the children use the computers for homework, extended learning and entertainment."

After being refurbished, computer equipment is delivered to Habitat families' homes throughout Franklin County. Habitat staff and volunteers assist families with setting up the computer and provide training to family members on how to use the new equipment. In order to receive a computer, families must attend Computer Basics & Internet Security training provided by Habitat. As funding is available, computers are equipped with operating system software, Internet security/anti-virus software and Microsoft Office.

Habitat families are responsible for purchasing their own Internet connection, monthly access service and/or any additional equipment they may wish to own.

"As a business owner and recycler of computer equipment and other electronics, I am pleased to be able to give back to the community in this way," said Ron Bragg, president of TechUsed. "Donors responsibly dispose of their equipment, families and children conquer the digital divide by having a computer in their home and the community benefits because harmful and durable materials don't end up in our local landfill. It's a win-win for everyone."

In exchange for a donation of computer equipment, donors will receive a 25 percent discount off of up to a $500 purchase of new or reusable home improvement materials at Habitat's ReStore. TechUsed will provide donors with a 10 percent discount coupon good for purchases at the TechUsed resale store where the public can shop for refurbished electronics such as computers and televisions.

The TechUsed resale store will be open during the computer recycling drive.

Monetary donations may also be made to Habitat for Humanity of Greater Columbus for the purchase of basic software for the computers. Donations of any amount are always welcome.

Computer recycling will be an ongoing project of Habitat for Humanity. Through this project, called AccessAll Columbus, donations of used computing equipment may be made at any time, now and in the future, at the Habitat ReStore, 3140 Westerville Road. For more information call (614) RESTORE (737-8673).

In conjunction with the computer recycling program, 1-800-GOT-JUNK? is also offering free pick-up of old computers from area businesses from March 30 through April 10.

Businesses may request a pick-up appointment by calling 1-800-468-5865.