Habitat Re-Stores Divert Used Materials for Good
For those who are not familiar, Habitat for Humanity is a charity popularized by Jimmy Carter which helps build homes for low-income families to own. As part of this they have pioneered a series of recycling centers called Re-Stores, where usable building materials are donated and diverted from the waste stream. Rather than going into landfills, these valuable materials are resold at bargain prices, the profits from these sales going to help build more homes. It is a wonderful model, and one that Martin is adapting for computer equipment.
Clark County Diverts Computers, Provides Education
Originally a waste-diversion program in Clark County, the new Upgrade Your Community component at CREAM expands the program considerably. By creating a partnership between Waste Connections, Clark County, the CIty of Vancouver, Salvation Army, Clark College and Habitat for Humanity, the new store will divert electronics and computers from the waste-stream and use the profits to offer free computer classes and facilities to the community. Part of this is a series of classes, as listed on their web site, beginning in August of 2009.
MacRory.com Classes at CREAM
A former public-school teacher, I have always been an advocate for community education, offering free and low-cost classes since 1998 through organizations such as the Portland Macintosh Users Group, the Senior Computer Learning Center, Vancouver Parks and Recreation, and more. The ability to do this on a regular basis in a dedicated facility is amazing, and I hope that many others join me in using this terrific resource. I myself plan to offer a few free classes each month, and to try and organize a “free clinic” for Mac users. As I offer more classes through this program, I shall use this page to post links to relevant files or handouts. I hope that I will see at Upgrade Your Community education center soon!
For Further Information
Upgrade Your Community Education Center
5000 East Fourth Plain Blvd, Suite E101
Vancouver, WA 98661
Links to Files MacRory Class Files
A simple place to put links to resources I shall use in my classes at Upgrade Your Community.
- Sign-up form using gDoc forms
- Linked In for Job Seekers text file, August 2009
- Internet Basics Diagram 2009, Fall 2009
- Videos on Google Docs and gDoc collaboration
- Google Docs Word Processing as a web page
- Google Docs Spreadsheets as a web page with sample form
- Google Docs Presentations
- Google Apps for Non-Profits
- Social Networking for Small Business