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Computer Lab For Recently Resettled Refugees - Sacramento

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Hello All,
I'm a volunteer for IRC Sacramento and would like to help them out with a new computer lab for recently resettled refugees, right now they are using some pretty old equipment and it'd be great if we could donate enough for a full lab. All money will go towards purchasing new computers and media equipment to help refugees with education and employment opportunity's. More details below:

The Sacramento office of the largest international refugee resettlement organization is seeking a new computer lab for newly resettled refugees in Sacramento. We resettle refugees fleeing persecution from war and government oppression for all corners of the world. In Sacramento, the populations we work with include but are not limited to Iraqi, Afghani, Congolese, Burmese, Iranian, Bhutanese, Ethiopian, and Somali. On a rolling monthly basis, our office enrolls anywhere from 6 to 25 newly arrived refugees into our employment training program where they are taught to conduct job searches online, create resumes and practice for interviews. The majority of the incoming clients have little to no computer experience.


Due to limited budgetary resources, we are hoping to raise money to assemble a computer lab to assist refugees with computer literacy classes, employment training and academic tutoring. With over 50% of people in the workforce using computers at work, computer literacy is closely tied to employment opportunity. 100% of monetary donations will go directly to the purchase of computers and computer accessories for the lab.


Having computer skills is as valuable as a basic education. Whether working at a mechanic shop, a warehouse or a fast food restaurant, some form of technology and computers is being used. It may be a computerized cash register or the machine that cleans out your engine but it is a computer and everyone needs basic computer skills to function in today's job market. Being that newly arrived refugees are already at a disadvantage because of their English speaking ability and lack of US job experience, computer literacy training would be the best training to provide for them to increase their chances at early employment.

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