Receiving Laptops

HTI does not provide laptops to individuals, but instead partners with specific non-profits in our community for distribution. You must go through a non-profit partner HTI has a relationship with.
Send us an email at info@hubzonetech.org. We would welcome the conversation.

HUBZone stands for Historically Underutilized Business Zones which is designated by the Federal Government as areas with high unemployment rates or low median incomes. The President of HTI, Matt Raydo, has worked with HUBZones for quite some time and has felt compelled to give back to these communities. While HTI’s focus is to help HUBZones, we are interested in helping any groups that support those that are in need.

The type of computer could be just about any make or model. HTI will remove the Windows Operating Systems and install the Google Chromium Operating System. Most features on the Chromebook, will require an internet connection, but should be fast no matter how old the laptop is, assuming there is good internet connection.

The Google Chromium Operating System will be located on the device, but no other software will be on it. No other software should be needed, as you will be using the Google Portal.
Yes, and in fact, the laptops should be connected in order to provide most of the capabilities of a typical laptop.

Yes, the laptops we donate are free. HTI is a non-profit organization and relies on both laptops and monetary donations to assist residents in our HUBZone communities.

HTI is not responsible for laptops that break down. There may be times HTI can provide some technical assistance if the computers are not working properly, but we do not guarantee that service.

 

Donation of Money

Donate here! If you would like to send a check, please send an email to info@hubzonetech.org for the best mailing address. Paying via Credit Card will be on the site shortly.
Donate here! We prefer not to take cash donations, however we will accept it. You will want to make sure you have a receipt for this transaction. Again paying via check, credit card or PayPal is highly preferred.
Donations support a variety of initiatives HTI has. It helps HTI secure more laptops, provide funds for converting from a Windows OS to a Chromium OS, and with distribution of laptops. If you want your money to go to a specific cause, please send your inquiry to info@HUBZoneTech.
HTI has applied for its 501(c)(3) status and received it in July 2019. If you donate money now, we will provide a receipt so you are able to write your donation off with taxes. If you have any questions please email us at info@hubzonetech.org.
No. We appreciate all donations no matter what the denominations.
 

Donation of Laptops

Donate Laptops here! You can donate any kind of laptop that you want. It doesn’t matter if it is 2 years old or 12 years old; we appreciate your donation.
The laptop has to be able to “turn on” but it does not have to properly work. When your donation is received, HTI will wipe the hard drive and install Chromium OS. We do require the screen and the keys to function, although it is acceptable if your laptop’s touchpad does not work.
We would not be able to use laptops with this kind of physical damage for our purposes. A recipient would have to use it with a cracked screen or missing keys, which would be too difficult to use effectively.
The only other equipment we accept and appreciate are mice. At this time we do not accept desktops, printers, or any other hardware.
Donate Laptops here! You can donate your laptop at 208 N Garnett Street, Suite #F, Henderson, NC 27536. Please email info@hubzonetech.org if you are interested in dropping one off. We are working on adding additional drop off locations in the future. Depending where you are located, we may be able to pick them up.
Once a laptop is donated, HTI will remove data from all storage devices in accordance with Department of Defense (DOD) 5220.22M standard. Devices that are non-operational will be discarded at a local recycling center.

Although HTI will wipe your hard drive, you should always take precaution to do so. As mentioned, we put it through the DOD 5220.22M standard wiping process which typically takes about 5 hours. If you wanted to do a quick restore of factory settings that will wipe your data from your hard drive, you are welcome to do so. There is no guarantee a company couldn’t extract data from it, but it is usually secure. Here are some basic steps on how you can do that. Please note each laptop is different.

  1. Log On to your Windows PC then go to settings. (Click on the gear Icon).
  2. Select Update & Security
  3. Next Click on Recovery
  4. On the Recovery screen click on the Get Started button under the Reset this PC option
  5. Next choose the Remove everything option
  6. Now you will be asked if you want to clean the drives. Choose: Remove files and clean the drive
  7. Click Next on the next Screen then choose Reset and Windows will restart and take several minutes to reset itself.