After the success of our K4RK Donation Drive, my friend Scott and I gathered up all of the computers that were donated, put them in the back of his pickup truck, and drove to the main Komputers 4 R Kids facility in Cerritos to complete the last step of the donation drive process.
The main 6,000 square foot facility houses a large warehouse (pictured above), secondary storage rooms, an assembly room, offices, and the front desk area.
He started refurbishing computers from his garage in 2003, and today oversees the operation of three K4RK facilities, manages eleven employees (as well as volunteers and students), and works with numerous school districts, businesses, and organizations in Los Angeles.
James has a sharp mind for business, as well as a big heart, and as a leader and mentor he takes particular pride in pushing student volunteers to realize their full potential.
He took great care in chatting with us and showing us around the facility, and it was a pleasure for me to meet with him.
Above, we see pallets of computers, as well as different types of electronic components, stacked along the walls, ready to be refurbished or recycled (depending on their working or non-working condition).
Here, they’ve sorted out a box of motherboards, a major component in every computer system.
Some parts (such as these CPU heatsinks) contain valuable materials such as copper and aluminum, and are sent to a recycling center instead.
Even though these Macs have been decommissioned, their solid metal cases are still quite valuable as a recycling material.
This is where the real magic of K4RK happens!
Some parts are converted into wall decorations instead – such as these plastic Mac Pro case covers!
Organizing this donation drive was a big challenge for me: I had almost ZERO previous experience with non-profits and event planning, and had to use every resource at my disposal to gain support for the drive.
I’m happy to say that the experience was humbling as well as successful. Moreover, it really opened my eyes to all of the different opportunities that can arise when businesses work together with non-profits to reach out and help the community. In fact, I’m already looking forward to the next Silverleaf-K4RK collaboration.
Thanks again to everyone who helped make our first donation drive happen!