In 1991 Pat Furr, Bonnie Huntington and Cliff Neil approached Chico Unified School District about creating a volunteer program to refurbish donated computers for school use. After several meetings and discussions the district decided to give it a try. Starting out in a spare bedroom in Pat’s home the
program started on a very small scale to support education. Pat had a background in teaching, business, public service as an elected school district trustee, and computers as she had attended CSU, Chico in the Master’s program in Computer Science. As the program expanded over the years, Pat and her volunteers were able receive larger quantities of donations and place greater quantities of computer in schools.
CFC has been placing 5,000 computer systems per year and has handed out 40,000 working, guaranteed systems since the program’s inception. Presently, CFC occupies a 25,000 square foot facility with pallet racking, loading docks and their own 26 foot box van. Since reuse is 25 times better for the environment than just
recycling, CFC is an important link in fulfilling a great need for technology to those who cannot afford to buy new systems. Pat Furr received the Jim Lynch Award from the International Computer Refurbishers Summit in Austin, TX in November. Pat Furr, the Founder/President of Computers for Classrooms, was recognized for her many years of dedication and support to other refurbishers.