Acceptable Computer Donations

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Program Information

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Contact Information
Name: Wilson Maceno
Phone #: (612) 624-3407


We take old, donated computers that aren't being used, refurbish them and give them to people living in the Twin Cities area who aren't able to afford a computer. As a Microsoft Authorized Refurbisher (MAR), we will properly decommission your computers by following the government data-wiping standards of the Department of Defense and will also issue a Certificate of Destruction if requested. Instead of ending up in a landfill, the refurbished computers will be supplied to disadvantaged communities that need access to the benefits of technology that they cannot currently afford.

Working with us can help you:

  • Protect corporate data: disposing of computer through a community MAR helps to protect your valuable business data. Because we are required to meet government standards for data removal, you can feel safe knowing that your data has been removed.
  • Demonstrate community leadership through computer disposal via refurbishment: you are helping to supply computers that will be refurbished and provided to those who need them most: disadvantaged individuals, groups and nonprofit organizations. This is an ideal way to show support by giving back to those in need.
  • Provide a viable solution to decrease waste: you are helping to advocate reuse and decrease waste by keeping your old, but usable, computers out of landfills to reduce waste and environmental impact.

Policies for Data Wiping

We take the proper steps to ensure that all data has been erased from the computer. When we receive a donated computer, we wipe the hard drive in compliance with the Department of Defense standard 5220.22-M and a Certificate of Erasure is generated upon successful erasure of the entire hard drive. Below are the methods we use to ensure that all sensitive data is removed from your donated computers:

  • Killdisk and Dban are both hard drive and partition eraser software that ensure files and documents are properly destroyed
  • Kanguru Hard Drive Duplicator has a Department of Defense-approved disk wiping feature

Shipping Address

Technology Empowerment Center
Attn: Wilson Maceno
2001 Plymouth Ave. N., Suite 106
Minneapolis, MN 55411

Drop-Off Hours

Monday - Thursday
9:00am - 4:30pm

9:00am - 4:00pm

For more information or to donate your PCs, please contact Wilson Maceno at (612) 624-3478 or (612) 624-3407 or e-mail:

Acceptable Donations

Laptop Computers

We need All PC Laptop Systems that fall within these specifications...

CPU Type: Intel Pentium IV, Intel Pentium M, Intel Pentium D, Intel Core Solo, Intel Core Duo, Intel Core 2 Solo, Intel Core 2 Duo, Intel Core 2 Quad, Intel Xeon, Intel Core i3, Intel Core i5, Intel Core i7, AMD Sempron, AMD Turion, AMD Athlon XP, AMD Athlon 64, AMD Athlon 64 X2, AMD Opteron, AMD Opteron X2
CPU Speed: 1.5 Ghz - 4.0 Ghz
Amount of RAM: 256 MB - 4.5 GB or more
CD/DVD Drive: CD ROM Drive, CD RW Drive, CD RW/DVD ROM Drive, DVD ROM Drive, DVD RW Drive, Blueray ROM Drive, Blueray RW Drive
Hard Drive: 40 GB - 1 TB or larger
Video Display: 13 inch, 14 inch, 15 inch, 17 inch
Networking: Wired (RJ45 10/100/1000), Wireless - Internal, Wireless - USB, Wireless - PCMCIA, Wired AND Wireless
General Condition: Excellent, Good, Fair
Capacity & Repair: Can accept up to 100 at a time with minor repair capability
Pickup/Drop Off: Will travel up to 10 miles to pickup