Boys & Girls Clubs of Mercer County, NJ

Computer Exchange FAQ

What is the Computer Exchange?
The Boys & Girls Club Computer Exchange is a new social entrepreneurial business in which Mercer County area high school students sharpen their IT skills by preparing donated computer equipment for resale.

Area residents and businesses can donate their used equipment to the Computer Exchange for students to make ready for resale. Refurbished computers are offered at modest prices (starting at $35) to the community during store hours.

The Computer Exchange is a training program for Club teens that provides work experiences, part-time jobs, and guidance on pursuing careers in the field of technology. Proceeds from the Computer Exchange provide a revenue stream to help the Boys & Girls Club develop career pathways for teens.

Where is the Computer Exchange and when is it open?
The Boys & Girls Club Computer Exchange is located at 1040 Spruce Street, in Lawrence, NJ. The store is open from 5 PM to 8 PM on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

How can I get involved?
Volunteers are needed to assist with all aspects of the Computer Exchange. They can train teens to work on equipment, help to run the store, promote the Exchange, transport equipment, and conduct drives in the community to accept donations. Click here to learn more about volunteering at the Computer Exchange.

Computer Repair 19624095 600x438Why should I donate my old computer to the Boys & Girls Club?
Recycling your old computer with the Boys & Girls Club is a great way to get it into the hands of someone who can use it to the benefit of those in your community.

Where are my reusable electronic products likely to go?
There are two possible streams of reuse for refurbished computer equipment. One is for use in Boys & Girls Club programs. The other is for resale at modest prices to members of the greater Trenton community.

What kind of donated equipment can the Computer Exchange accept?
The Exchange seeks computers that are up to five years old, in working condition, and Internet-capable. Also needed are flat-screen monitors, laser printers, mice, keyboards, and cables.

What does the Computer Exchange do if I have confidential information on my computer?
The Boys & Girls Club will remove all data from storage devices in accordance with industry standards. Devices that are non-operational will be recycled through township or county recycling programs.

If I want to leave software on my computer, should I include the licenses with my system?
Yes. Although certainly not required, older computers work best with older software, so it's useful to pass along any software that goes with your older computer such as restore CDs, documentation, and any other software you will not be using on your replacement equipment.

Will my donation be used as is or will it have to be refurbished or upgraded?
Almost all three-to-five-year-old working computers can be upgraded to do the six things most people do with computers: Internet browsing, e-mail, word processing, spreadsheets, presentations, and finances. We may install larger hard drives, more RAM, and network cards.

Am I eligible for a tax break if I donate my old electronics?
Yes, if you donate it to a library, school, or a nonprofit program such as the Boys & Girls Club. The tax laws pertaining to this are Section 170 of the Federal Income Tax Code, the New Millennium Classrooms Act, and the 21st Century Classrooms Act. Business donors can deduct the un-depreciated value of the computer, and individuals can deduct the current market value of a computer.

Example: A computer and related software with a purchase price of $3,000, valued at $500 at time of contribution, receives a $500 deduction on Schedule A. A written receipt must be received and Form 8283 should be attached to returns. The tax receipt that a nonprofit provides should have your name on it, the name and identifying number of the recipient organization, and the model and type of equipment donated. Click here to download a Computer Donation Form.The Boys & Girls is not authorized to appraise the value of your equipment. You are responsible for the determination of the value of your donated equipment.

How do I donate my equipment to the Boys & Girls Club Computer Exchange?
You can take your computer equipment to the Computer Exchange during store hours and/or make arrangements to have multiple computers picked up by contacting Ryan Teel at 609-695-6060 ext 260. Click here for more information about how to Donate Computer Equipment.