Northern Computer Recycling Depot
NCRD is a consumer-run program that aims to provide meaningful and socially valued work/training opportunities for consumers of mental health services. We receive, repair and refurbish donated computers and sell them at an affordable cost to individuals and organizations within our community. NCRD has always offered more than just fixing computers. It is a supportive and flexible setting in which consumers learn how to perform computer recycling and maintenance. We provide a safe environment for consumer/survivors to build skills and confidence.
In August 2012, volunteers displayed amazing tenacity by coming together to refurbish a large donation of over 200 computers. Some volunteers have a lot of computer knowledge, while others have less, but everyone brings a willingness to learn and contribute using their various strengths.
The general services that we offer to the public at NCRD are:
- Data Backup and Recovery
- Computer Repair
- Computer Upgrading
- Software Installation
- Computer Recycling
- Virus/Malware Removal
What we sell are:
- Refurbished Computers/ with Windows 7 or 8.1 and Office 2010
- LCD Monitors
- Keyboards & Mice
- Many other accessories and peripherals
Our Lead Technician, Darick Hongell, also regularly facilitates a six-week computer basics course. The course is broken down into:
- A basic introduction to the computer
- The features of Windows 7 and using it productively
- Using files, folders, shortcuts and the internet
- Signing up and using email with Windows Live Mail
- Using Microsoft Word
- Security and privacy when using a computer
If you would like more information about how to participate in NCRD, if you need repairs on your computer, for pricing, or how to donate or request a computer, please contact our Lead Technician, Darick Hongell, at 705-222-6472 ext. 302, or by email, ncrd[at]nisa.on.ca.
NISA is appreciative of all community support. We accept donations of gently used computer parts including towers, mice, keyboards, flat screen monitors, laptops, and hard drives. We thank you thinking of NISA and we are able to provide a charitable receipt to thank you for your donation.
To ensure that the security of all members and the space is met, we ask that you do not donate your computer, or parts, if your home has had problems with bugs.