Refurbished laptops, desktops, smartphones and select game consoles will go on sale this Saturday at the Goodwill store in Augusta, part of an effort by Goodwill to put technology in the hands of Mainers at low income and show them how to use it. .
The sale will take place from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the boutique at 5 Senator Road. Technology experts will also be on hand to help customers find products suited to their needs, according to a press release from Goodwill.
The Technology Access Program was recently launched by Goodwill, and the computers will be available for as little as $100, the press release said. All computers will have an operating system and Microsoft Office software installed on them.
“This program is so important to families in Maine,” said initiative manager Joe Pooler. “We want to make sure that everyone who needs a computer for work, school or play can have one. Augusta has a lot of struggling families and a university, so we know it’s an area in dire need of quality technology. We’ll be here all day to help match people with good computers. Each person will have the opportunity to test all available computers before deciding which one to buy. »
According to the Goodwill website, there are income guidelines for who can buy a computer under the program. A single person must have an annual income of $22,980 or less, for example, and a family of four must earn $47,100 or less.
A Goodwill spokeswoman said shoppers won’t need to prove income or register for the event beforehand, but she recommended interested customers arrive at the event as soon as possible. .
She also said the computers can be donated to Goodwill stores at any time. All donated computers are cleaned to US Department of Defense standards, repaired and packaged by Goodwill employees.
“GoodTech (as the program is called) is about work,” Pooler said. “Refurbishing these otherwise wasted electronics provides jobs and technology skills training, which is rare here in Maine, and the computers come home with people who can use them for work or to find work. . On top of that, the money we earn is used to help others find work. It is our reason for being.