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Learn tips and hints to use a variety of electronic and technical equipment to enhance work with volunteers.

~ August 2007 ~ Topics

Have You Tried Virtual Volunteering?
Staples Recycles Computers

Have You Tried Virtual Volunteering?

The Virtual Volunteering Project (http://www.serviceleader.org/old/vv/vvabout.html) was launched in 1996 to encourage and assist in the development of volunteer activities that can be completed off-site via the Internet. Virtual Volunteering is no longer a fad, but the way many organizations are engaging people who cannot show up at a building or a park.

The purpose of the Virtual Volunteering Project at the University of Texas-Austin is to encourage and assist in the development and success of volunteer activities that can be completed via the Internet, and help volunteer managers use cyberspace to work with ALL volunteers. The Project is not a matching service; instead, its goals are to increase the woman imagecapacity of both agencies and volunteers, to make online service possible.

The site has resources for organizations and agencies, as well as volunteers who would like to do this type of volunteering. It is a deep resource for managers of volunteer programs.

The Project is part of the Volunteerism and Community Engagement Initiatives at the Charles A. Dana Center, University of Texas at Austin.

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Staples Recycles Computers

Staples is making it easy for customers to recycle e–waste by taking used computers, monitors, laptops, and desktop printers, faxes and all–in–ones to any U.S. Staples store.

recycling imageAll brands are accepted, regardless of whether or not the equipment was purchased at Staples. A recycling fee of $10 per piece of large equipment is charged to cover handling, transport, product disassembly and recycling. Smaller computer peripherals such as keyboards, mice, and speakers are accepted at no charge.

The equipment is bagged and sealed when received at the Staples customer service desk. The equipment is then picked up and delivered to a recycling provider (Amandi Services), who uses industry–leading standards for data destruction and disassembles the equipment into its component parts for environmentally responsible recycling.

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