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RVA Insurance Fairy visits Tech For Troops

Someone dropped by Tech For Troops today, the RVA Insurance Fairy! RVA Insurance is proud to support Tech for Troops.

RVA Insurance provides Auto/Car Insurance, Homeowners Insurance, and Business/Commercial Insurance for the entire RVA Community.

Located in Chesterfield, VA, RVA Insurance Agency was started with the goal of making a positive impact on the lives and businesses of the RVA Community. We do this by donating to local RVA (aka Richmond, VA) non-profits for every quote that we offer. There is no requirement to purchase insurance from us, it is just a way to say “Thank You” to the community for giving us the opportunity to earn your business.

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Tech For Troops sent out a call for donations and the Veteran Green Project responded.

Thank you for the hard drives! and a special Thank You to Michael W. Malott, Director of Veteran Green for supporting us!

Veterans Green Projects aim is to create sustainable “Work off the Battlefield” for transitioning Active Duty Military, Veterans and Dependents as well as build a nationwide network of like-minded people. Veterans Green Projects provides responsible electronics recycling, resource management, power monitoring, energy auditing, and Carbon Accounting services.

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Tech For Troops and CreatiVets

Tech For Troops provided veterans within the CreatiVets art program computers to research projects, help create artwork and to ultimately take home. CreatiVets’ goal is to offer opportunities for relief and healing for the men and women who have sacrificed so much our country. Our purpose is to use various forms of art, including songwriting, visual arts, music and creative writing, to help disabled veterans cope with service-related trauma (i.e., post-traumatic stress, or PTS) by fostering self-expression in a way that allows them to transform their stories of trauma and struggle into an art form that can inspire and motivate continued healing.

Veterans suffering from PTS re-experience traumatic events years and even decades later, reliving the helplessness, fear, and horror associated with their traumatic event. Such strong, negative reactions often lead to anxiety, sadness, anger, depression, guilt, shame, irritability, behavior changes and thoughts of suicide. These feelings can cause the individual to avoid environments that trigger reminders of the trauma, resulting in isolation and withdrawal from society and often leading to marital problems, difficulty in parenting, job instability, drug and alcohol abuse, violence and even suicide.

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Tech For Troops is proud to be a founding member of the Alliance For Technology Refurbishing and Reuse.

Mark Casper, Executive Director, was able to make the National AFTRR meeting in Pittsburgh (Google campus) on June 4th and 5th and we were treated to a welcome video that even had the host Google Pittsburgh staff impressed.

Vint Cerf has long been considered one of the fathers of the Internet. He is now a Vice President and Chief Internet Evangelist at Google.

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A team of CarMax associates volunteered at Tech For Troops.

A team of CarMax associates volunteered at Tech For Troops. They helped us image computers, clean outgoing laptops and tore down a lot of computer equipment that was to old to use.

CarMax is built on a foundation of integrity. Our culture is defined by values like respect and transparency. We live these values every day. These values include Customer Focus, Respect, Teamwork, Communication, Fun, and Pride.

CarMax is also committed to making a positive impact on society – which they did by volunteering at Tech For Troops! A great time was had by all!!

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Tech for Troops helps Marine’s family

The Military Warriors Support Foundation and SunTrust presented a Gold Star family with a beautiful home on Saturday in Raleigh, NC. Tech For Troops Project was proud to present the family with their very own refurbished laptops.

Marine Corporal Charles Palmer is a United States Marine Corps veteran. He joined the Marines in 1992 and re-enlisted in 2005. Charles was KIA in May 2007 while he was in the turret of a Humvee that was headed out in a convoy and was attacked by enemy forces by an IED that was hand detonated. Charles is survived by his wife Tanya, their two children, a son-in-law, and his grandson.

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Veterans Receive Computers!

Pictured from L to R is Diane Ryan, US Navy, Ernest Johns, US Army and Bill Piersall of the US Navy. Tech For Troops is happy to give these veterans a free refurbished computer. All three recipients of these computers will be using them to take online college courses or to look for a job. The computers came to Tech For Troops courtesy of FEMA and the National Cristina Foundation’s tireless work on behalf of our veterans.

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Thank you to EZ Links for the recent donation!

Thank you to EZ Links for the recent donation! With donations like these, they help to fund our operation of getting veterans back on their feet by giving them access to technology and job skills that will help them successfully find employment!

EZLinks Golf is the leading developer of golf course technology. Trusted by the industry’s elite to power operations, EZLinks Golf is constantly innovating to keep courses ahead of their game. Recognized as a top 100 technology company in Chicago in 2016, EZLinks Golf is a technology powerhouse that is focused on the unique needs of golf courses, private clubs and golfers. Backed by the PGA TOUR, EZLinks Golf is proud to be a PGA TOUR affiliated company and is focused on growing the game and fulfilling its vision to Be Golf’s Most Valued Partner.

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Tech for Troops Hosts UpCycle Art Event

On Wednesday, January 25, Tech For Troops hosted veterans from McGuire VA, here in Richmond, VA, and they created UpCycle Art out of computer parts. Our veterans thoroughly enjoyed the food donated by Chik Fil A Willow Lawn. We also had a comfort dog by the name of Ella Mae come in to be with the vets. Semper Fi to all of the supporters of Tech For Troops!

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Tech For Troops was proud to be invited and even more proud to be a founding member of the Steering Committee for the Alliance For Technology Refurbishing and Reuse (AFTRR).

Tech For Troops was proud to be invited and even more proud to be a founding member of the Steering Committee for the Alliance For Technology Refurbishing and Reuse (AFTRR).

Here’s what AFTRR does – The Alliance for Technology Refurbishing and Reuse (AFTRR) consists of a growing number of nonprofit technology refurbishers seeking to increase the awareness of the contributions of their organizations, individually and collectively, to a wide range of populations in need. AFTRR seeks to establish a common national voice for all such organizations as well as affiliate organizations who stand to benefit directly or indirectly from an increase in the volume and availability of low cost and no cost computers for their respective populations.

Tech For Troops serves veterans and the children of veterans with refurbished free computers, provides hand on IT training to veterans, environmental stewardship and a place for veterans to create UpCycle art with computer parts.

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Thank you to Chik Fil A at Willow Lawn for sponsoring Tech For Troops Recreational “UpCycle” Art event on the 25th.

Thank you to Chik Fil A at Willow Lawn for sponsoring Tech For Troops Recreational “UpCycle” Art event on the 25th.  Tech For Troops is very happy that the Chik Fil A organization supports our veterans and our overall mission.  

Quotes from Kristy Geiger, Willow Lawn Marketing Director at Chik Fil A – “We would be delighted to provide a food donation for your upcoming event on January 25.” and “You are most welcome as it is truly our pleasure to support your organization and our valued veterans. “

Stay tuned to our FaceBook, InstaGram and Webpage for photos and videos that will be taken at the event.  

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Thank You to the Albemarle-Charlottesville Regional Jail

Tech For Troops wants to say a big Thank You to the Albemarle-Charlottesville Regional Jail for donating computer equipment!

The Albemarle-Charlottesville Regional Jail detains both pre-sentenced and sentenced inmates from the Albemarle, Charlottesville and Nelson jurisdictions who present a physical threat to the community or themselves, sentenced to jail, or a risk of not appearing for court hearings.

Thank you so much for your support!!

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Tech 4 Troops and ECPI Host Open Donation Day

Tell your family, tell your friends – this event is free and open to the public.

Do you want to do something to improve the lives of our local veterans, keep waste out of landfills, and get rid of those old electronic items that are cluttering up the corners of your life?

Gather up those old electronics and bring them to the ECPI location at 4305 Cox Rd on Saturday, January 14th from 10:00am-3:00 pm. Mark Casper from Tech 4 Troops will be there to explain more about their electronics recycling program and collect whatever electronic items and accessories you wish to donate. (See the list below for items they can/can’t use.)

Non-working items are ok – if they can’t fix them, some of the veterans use the pieces for art projects. Nothing is wasted.

**No need to wipe your data if you don’t know how (no need to smash it or put a nail through the motherboard) – these guys will wipe the data for you using software approved by the US Department of Defense and the National Security Agency.**

Tech For Troops Project®

Our Mission: “Tech For Troops Project provides Free refurbished computers to veterans, enabling them to connect with employers and develop essential computer skills. We hire veterans and provide technical training, keep usable computers out of the landfill, and recycle electronics in an environmentally sustainable way.”

Our Vision:

  • Raise the prospects for success in civilian life for all veterans
  • Expand the technology workforce domestically
  • Reduce pollution and carbon output from manufacturing new electronics

What kind of equipment do you need?

  • Laptops and power adapters
  • Desktop/tower computers
  • File servers and networking equipment
  • Flat panel monitors TVs
  • Keyboards, mice, power cords
  • Other computer parts
  • iPads and tablet computers
  • Cell phones

Is there anything you can’t accept?

  • Fax machines
  • CRT monitors (the old boxy kind)
  • Broken Monitors

Are donations tax-deductible? Yes. We are a 501c3 non-profit and will offer a receipt for donations.

Do you destroy data on the computers you are given?

Absolutely. The method we use to wipe data from computers has been approved by some tough organizations, such as the U.S. Department of Defense and the National Security Agency. We exceed NIST standards by double-validating drives after they have been wiped.

If we cannot wipe a drive – if, for instance, it has a hardware error that prevents it from starting properly – we physically destroy it using a data eliminator/degausser.

4840 Waller Rd., Richmond VA 23230
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Military Officers Association of America, Richmond, VA chapter supports Tech For Troops Project

As the nation’s strongest and most effective military service organization, the Military Officers Association of America supports military officers and their families at every stage of life and career. MOAA’s greatest mission is to improve the lives of those who serve and their families. We achieve this largely through our tireless advocacy efforts on issues affecting today’s career force, the retired community, and veterans of the uniformed services.

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Tech For Troops supports Milwaukee, WI Veteran Homeless Shelter

Tech For Troops is proud to have donated a 15 laptop computer lab to Center For Veterans Issues (CVI) in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.  CVI is a 75-bed veteran homeless shelter that serves men and women of our armed forces who find themselves in need after returning to civilian life.
This computer lab will allow veterans to stay in touch with loved ones, apply for Veterans Affairs benefits, create resumes and apply for jobs online.
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Southern States Supports Tech For Troops Project

Southern States Cooperative

Southern States is a farmer-owned agricultural cooperative since 1923. It is headquartered in Richmond, and sells to consumers as well as commercial operations. Southern States has over 130 stores in 9 states, and believes in supporting their local communities.

The Donation

One of the company’s values is “Always be neighborly”, and when Southern States employee Monica Casper suggested supporting Tech For Troops Project, the company readily agreed. Southern States employee association held a “wear jeans to work day” and each employee who did so donated $10 to us. They raised $420 while enjoying a relaxed day at work, and enjoyed the great feeling of presenting the check to Tech For Troops Project even more.

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Suntrust volunteers at Tech For Troops Project

Good times!

SunTrust’s volunteers spent the afternoon with Tech For Troops Project where they learned from our veterans how to work on desktop computers that were the main focus for the day. The warehouse was a whirlwind of activity, with part of the group painting the warehouse wall while the others wielded screwdrivers and pliers. The group’s comments: “How soon can we return?” , “This was a blast!”, “I had a great time,” and “I want to come back!”  We had a great time working with SunTrust employees and can’t wait for them to join us again!


About SunTrust

SunTrust Bank is one of the largest financial services company in the southeast U.S. and a prominent name in Richmond, Virginia, and community service is a priority.

“We believe a strong community is the foundation for the lives of all who live and work in it—and SunTrust has a vital role to play in strengthening that foundation.

That’s why a core element of the SunTrust purpose involves actively supporting the developmental goals and civic initiatives of the communities we serve.”

Thank you, SunTrust, for choosing to visit and help Tech For Troops Project!

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Trinity Episcopal School donates used computers to Tech For Troops Project

The Donation

Tech For Troops Project’s Co-Founder, Chris Phillips, graduated from Trinity Episcopal School in 2010. When the school magazine, The Titan Trail, published a write-up on what Chris and his mother had accomplished with Tech For Troops Project, the school decided to donate their used computers after the year ended. The collection of hardware will be used for the range of our programs.

Trinity also brought the first community service groups to Tech For Troops Project in early 2014. The Trinity football team helped collect used computers from donors at four computer drives during the spring. We hope to expand our relationship with Trinity’s well established and dedicated community service program in the future. Thank you, Trinity!

Although Trinity has an excellent art program, they can’t take credit for the mural behind the computers. The Girl Scouts of Fort Lee, daughters of active duty soldiers, visited Tech For Troops Project in January 2016 and made their thoughts on the military clear (and our wall colorful). Thank you to the Fort Lee Spouses Club and Girl Scouts!

About Trinity Episcopal School

Trinity is an independent co-educational school for grades 8 through 12 in Richmond, Virginia, offering a liberal arts, college preparatory education, including the world-recognized International Baccalaureate Program. In addition to being the only private school in Richmond offering the IB diploma program, Trinity is noted for its friendly and inclusive social atmosphere and sportsmanship while fielding state championship teams.

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Edward Jones Financial Advisors donate PCs to Tech For Troops Project

When Edward Jones Branch Operations Assistants held a regional meeting in Richmond they encouraged employees to bring used computers to donate to Tech For Troops Project. The response was overwhelming. Both Branch Operations Assistants and Financial Advisors contributed. Some of the equipment donated is pictured below with three veterans: Tech For Troops Project staff James Grahek, U.S. Army, Tech For Troops Project volunteer extraordinaire Dana Bondy, U.S. Army, and Don Pierpont, U.S. Marine Corps and member of the Tech For Troops Project staff. 

We love employee computer drives. Please contact us to arrange a date for your employer to host a donation day. Everyone gets a tax receipt and the benefit of knowing that you are helping our veterans.

edward jones donation april 2016



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Capital One and Team RWB Help Tech For Troops Project Expand

Team Red White & Blue Richmond Chapter and Capital One were among the volunteers who helped expand Tech For Troops Project’s warehouse capacity by joining in to install pallet racks on May 1, 2016.

Since Tech For Troops Project began in 2013, their growth has steadily necessitated more storage space. In the first two years the organization had to move or expand space seven times, going from a home garage to 2,000 square feet of commercial space.

Outta Space Place is Tech For Troops Program’s home in Richmond. The building housed a former printing company, and prior to that was a FedEx distribution center. Recently the building has been reconfigured to be a multi-tenant office/warehouse facility with well designed common areas. The combination gives Tech For Troops Project the perfect spot for the organization’s varied needs.

“We have a secure data room, workshop and warehouse with access to loading docks and garages. We also have use of a large training room, meeting rooms, and a lunch room. We’re adding an executive and volunteer office this year as well. We couldn’t ask for more,” said Laurie Phillips, Co-Founder of Tech For Troops Project.

“The pallet racks are an important addition,” said Mark Casper, Executive Director. “We’re getting much larger donations of corporate computers and we now have the capacity to store them efficiently.”

All of Tech For Troops Project’s space is secured by a controlled door access system, multiple levels of internal security controls, and 24/7 video monitoring of all space. “We’re located in a safe area, but we take security very seriously. We want to be able to show our donors that we’re prepared to accommodate even the most confidential systems.”


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VCU center for student veterans receives computers

Stephen Ross, the Director of Military Student Services at Virginia Commonwealth University, heads up a program to help military veterans pay for college using their GI bill. The office of Military Student Services recently received computers from Tech For Troops Project that will be used by the veteran students.

VCU offers several programs to benefit members of the Student Veterans Association through the Military Student Services office. Interested VCU students should contact Stephen Ross,

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Performance Food Group Supports Tech For Troops Project

Performance Food Group Company (NYSE: PFGC) partnered with Tech For Troops Project to support veterans, save money, and provide an environmentally friendly way to repurpose PFG’s used computers.

Since the fall of 2014, when PFG replaces computers, the used PCs are shipped back to Richmond and donated to Tech For Troops Project, who wipes all data, refurbishes the PCs, and donates them to veterans.

The partnership was reported in an October 29th press release reported:

Tech For Troops was established in 2013 primarily to give local veterans the tools and skills that will enable them to land a better job and improve their standard of living. Another goal is to prevent used computer equipment from ending up in landfills. Equipment that cannot be refurbished is either recycled responsibly or used for parts. Since its inception, Tech For Troops has donated more than 700 refurbished computers used by more than 3,000 veterans in Central Virginia.

“We provide computers to veterans so they can find and apply for jobs online, develop job skills and even start their own businesses,” said Laurie Phillips, Co-Founder of Tech For Troops Project.

“We keep fully depreciated but still usable computers out of landfills, and the feedback we’ve received indicates that we’re making a difference,” she added. “So many veterans tell us that they’ve found jobs because of the computer we gave them. We’ve been told that we are changing veterans’ lives. Donations from PFG and other companies make that possible.”

PFG’s support of Tech For Troops is aligned with the company’s initiative to hire military veterans and spouses. In fact, much of the equipment has gone to veterans’ support organizations including the Association for Wounded Veterans, Veterans Strong Outreach and Veterans’ Employment Program. In addition, PFG’s donation helps the company avoid disposal costs for used computer equipment.

“Our partnership with Tech For Troops Project has been terrific and a win-win for all involved,” said Terry West, Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer for PFG. “Veterans in our area benefit by receiving usable computer equipment to assist in their job searches and other aspects of their lives, and we benefit by avoiding disposal costs and preventing equipment from ending up in landfills.”


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Veterans in IT training receive free computers

Veterans using their GI bill to study at the IT training program at New Horizons Learning Center received donated laptops from Tech For Troops Project. Layton Clark, the Senior Director of Veteran and Workforce Education at New Horizons and an Air Force veteran himself helps veterans move into IT careers in high demand. When the veterans are doing classwork and studying for their certification exams including CompTIA, Cisco and Microsoft, they need a computer but rarely have the income to afford one. Tech For Troops Project donates computers to the veterans nominated by New Horizons who meet the qualification criteria.

Pictured below is one of the recent recipients along with Layton Clark. Thank you for your service!

Additional New Horizons veteran laptop recipients: