Computers for Families

Founded in 1996, the Computers for Families program was created in partnership with the Santa Barbara County Education Office to provide computers and Internet access to local students lacking these important educational tools at home.

puzzle-pieceLeveling the playing field

Computers for Families operates in south Santa Barbara County elementary schools. Teachers identify students lacking technology at home and their families are invited to a distribution event. There, families receive training and a refurbished computer, as well as information about applying for discounted Internet through either Cox Communication’s Connect2Compete (C2C) program or Frontier.

puzzle-pieceReusing rather than recycling

Computers for Families refurbishes computers donated by Santa Barbara County businesses, organizations, and individuals. By refurbishing and redistributing these computers, the hardware is reused for several more years and some seven tons of hardware is kept from the landfill each year.

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In a win-win partnership with Computers for Families, adjudicated youth at the Los Prietos Boys Camp refurbish computers and gain technical skills that serve as possible pathways to future jobs. They also assist with distribution events and experience the positive difference they make.

puzzle-piecePlease donate your surplus computer hardware

Computers for Families is in continual need of the following:

• Devices compatible with Windows 10
• Laptops- any model, working or not (including Mac’s)

PLEASE NOTE: The program does not need Apple desktop computers, printers, modems, routers, monitors, or other hardware.

Donations can be made between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday at the Santa Barbara County Education Office, 4400 Cathedral Oaks Rd. Please proceed to the loading dock on the left side of the main building.

For more information, contact Computers for Families at (805) 964-4711 ext. 5454 or by email at

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