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The following agencies accept donations of gently used assistive technology devices and gadgets that are cleaned and repaired before donating or providing at a low-cost to people with disabilities.
Reuse Programs in California
Repair and Re-Use
Independent Living Center of Kern County
5251 Office Park Drive 200
Bakersfield CA 93309
Services: The Repair and Re-Use Program of Independent Living Center of Kern County is a loan and recycle program that empowers people with disabilities by making wheelchairs and other assistive equipment available so that they can live independently. ILCKC collaborates with a local medical equipment company to repair and regenerate assistive technology items (such as wheelchairs, lifts, and walkers). Loaning equipment (indefinitely and without fees) helps fill the gap while people wait for repairs, payment programs, order equipment, etc.
Repair & Share Program
Resources for Independence, Central Valley
3008 North Fresno Street
Fresno, CA 93703
Phone: (559) 221-2330
Fax: (559) 221-2340
710 W. 18th Street, Suite 5
Merced, CA 95340
Phone: (209) 383-1683
Fax: (209) 725-9153
220 N. Santa Fe Avenue
Visalia, CA 93292
Within Visalia Chamber of Commerce
Phone: (559) 622-9276
Fax: (559) 622-9276
Services: Repair & Share Program is a loan and recycle program that will enable people with disabilities who are in need of power wheelchairs to live independently. Resources for Independence is collaborating with G7 Medical Services, a local supplier of medical equipment, to repair power wheelchairs donated to their agency. These chairs will be used to aid people with disabilities, maximizing their independence by loaning the chairs on a temporary basis while they find the means of getting a power wheelchair of their own.
Computers for People Program
Tri-Counties Independent Living Center
2822 Harris Street
Eureka, CA 95503
Phone: (707) 445-8404
Fax: (707) 445-9751
E-mail: Erik Van Orden, firstname.lastname@example.org
Services: They are a certified Microsoft refurbisher and accept donated computers and equipment in our area. They then wipe the hard drives clean and install new version of Windows XP and make any necessary repairs. Computers are given out to people with disabilities, seniors and students for a $50 fee. They accept all types of donations: computer peripherals (printers, scanners), desktop/ laptop computers that are 3-5 years old and in basic working order, and monitors. All computer donations must be approved over the phone. Must live in California and be a resident of Humboldt, Del Norte or Trinity counties to qualify for the program.
Easter Seals Superior CA
3205 Hurley Way
Sacramento, CA 95864
Phone: (916) 485-6711
Services: Easter Seals Superior CA loans medical equipment such as commodes, shower seats, crutches, walkers, and wheelchairs to assist individuals after surgery. Individuals can use equipment indefinitely with no fees. Serving 13 counties: Alpine, Amador, Calaveras, El Dorado, Nevada, Placer, Sacramento, San Joaquin, Stanislaus, Tuolumne, Yolo, and Yuba.
FREED Center for Independent Living (FREED)
Nevada City / Grass Valley Office:
2059 Nevada City Hwy, Suite 102
Grass Valley, Ca 95945
Phone: (530) 477-3333
Fax: (530) 477-9184
508 J Street
Marysville, CA 95901
Phone: (530) 742-4474
Services: FREED provides assistive devices through its Reuse Program on a permanent or loan basis. Availability varies and may include:
Mobility devices such as wheelchairs, walkers, crutches and canes; Bath aids such as transfer benches, shower chairs and stools; Toilet aids such as bedside commodes and raised toilet seats; Hospital beds, patient lifts and more. FREED accepts donations of such items in a clean and serviceable condition. FREED may be able to provide transportation but supplying your own delivery is much appreciated.
Independent Living Services of Northern California
169 Hartnell Avenue, Suite 128
Redding, CA 96002
Phone: (530) 242-8550
Fax: (530) 241-1454
E-mail: Deborah Uhl, email@example.com /firstname.lastname@example.org
Services: ILSNC accepts donated AT and gives it to consumers in need of the equipment. They do not refurbish, but accepts AT if it is in good working condition or if it needs sanitization. ILSNC also assists the consumers with training to utilize the equipment.
Able People Foundation
552A Valley Way
Milpitas, CA 95035
Phone: (408) 263-8000
Fax: (408) 273-6660
BY APPOINTMENT ONLY
Services: The Able People Foundation’s private ads help people to sell or donate their used assistive products for free. Through their Giving Program, they identify and give the products to people with no insurance or funding that are desperately in need through an application process, and collaborate with other organizations and businesses to identify low income elderly, and individuals living with physical limitations in need of basic
products not covered by their health insurance. They also will purchase the products and distribute in larger quantities.
Center For Independence of Individuals with Disabilities (CID)
1515 S. El Camino Real, Suite 400
San Mateo, CA 94402
Phone: (650) 645-1780
Fax: (650) 645-1785
1590 El Camino Real, Suite C
San Bruno, CA 94066
Phone: (650) 589-8994
Fax: (650) 589-8995
Services: CID accepts donated AT and gives it to consumers in need of the equipment. We will accept a variety of durable medical equipment such as stairlifts, porchlifts, elevators, wheelchairs, electric wheelchairs and scooters, walkers, canes and crutches, hospital beds, hearing aids, visual aids such as magnifiers, etc. Items must be in excellent working condition and be “like new” to be accepted. We serve disabled residents of San Mateo County. The person in need of the equipment must become a member of CID ($10 fee) and sign all papers provided. Most items are provided free of charge but in certain instances there may be a share of cost. CID accepts donations on Thursday from 1-4 p.m. or by prior arrangement.
Home Cares Equipment Recyclers
Oakland, CA 94612
(In the parking lot behind 2619 Broadway)
Phone: (510) 251-2273
Thursdays, 12 pm-4 pm
San Francisco, CA 94110
(The alleyway of 63 Dorland)
Phone: (415) 487-5405
Thursdays, 10 am-1 pm
3100 Kerner Blvd
San Rafael , Ca 94901
Phone: (415) 388-8198
Wednesdays, 11 am-2 pm
Services: Home Cares Equipment Recyclers carries a variety of durable medical supplies such as wheelchairs, canes, walkers and crutches. They also carry most other medical supplies such as diabetic equipment and bandages.
Independent Living Resources
1850 Gateway Blvd, Suite 120
Concord, CA 94520
Phone: (925) 363-7293
Fax: (925) 363-7296
301 West 10th Street, #18
Antioch, CA 94509
Phone: (925) 754-0539
470 Chadbourn Road, Suite B
Fairfield, CA 94534
Phone: (707) 435-8174
Fax: (707) 435-8177
Services: The ILRSCC Reuse program is designed for seniors and people with disabilities who are in need of assistive devices and cannot obtain them on their own. With the Reuse program, the ILRSCC will make the effort to provide assistive devices to those individuals who are in need of them. The center is open Monday through Friday from 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM PST. ILRSCC accepts devices donated by any organization or private individuals. The devices could be manual wheelchairs, power wheelchairs, walkers, etc. ILRSCC will make sure the donated devices are in good condition by making necessary repairs to them. The Center will then donate the devices for free to low income seniors or people with disabilities within the community. Through the Reuse program, The ILRSCC is committed to empowering persons with disabilities to control their own lives and to live independently.
Services: They give old computers new life by placing refurbished products with non-profit organizations, schools, libraries, victims of fire and tragedy, and low-income and disabled households. Our volunteer technicians produce computers every week from your donations, to help organizations and families that would not otherwise have the means to obtain this technology.
Services: The PC Community Clubhouse provides a variety of services to its members including: repairing and refurbishing personal computers, teaching members to build a computer from scratch, teaching members to install hardware and software, teaching members to format hard drives, and teaching members to prepare computers for donations to others.
Services: Renew Computers, founded in 1988, is the largest independent electronics recycling company in Marin County, California. They have a warehouse facility and service center centrally located near downtown San Rafael where computers are collected, sorted, and properly recycled. Computers are received on a daily basis from individuals, small businesses, and large corporations. They offer low-cost refurbished laptop and desktop computers; and offer low-cost repairs and parts.
Services: SVILC accepts manual wheelchairs if they are 5 years or less and in good condition.
The Shop@CIL – Assistive Technology Reuse Center
Center for Independent Living
2539 Telegraph Avenue
Berkeley, CA 94704
Phone: (510) 649-1100
Services: The Shop@CIL (also known simply as “The Shop”) is the Center for Independent Living’s AT reuse center, which is housed (alongside CIL’s wheelchair-repair project) at CIL’s historic former headquarters on Telegraph Avenue in Berkeley. At The Shop, we accept donations of AT (large and small, high-tech and low-tech, mobility-related and not mobility-related) and then we clean, repair, and refurbish the AT as necessary before distributing it for reuse to people with disabilities. Items available for reuse can be found on the AT Network’s AT Exchange site (https://exchange.atnet.org/). The Shop offers most of its AT items free of charge but does charge a nominal fee for certain premium items. The Shop provides consumers with AT to keep, and we also distribute certain items temporarily as “loaners.” The Shop also features a state-of-the-art HUBSCRUB machine with which to sanitize durable medical equipment, and at least once per month The Shop offers sanitization services to community members free of charge. In the coming years, The Shop’s staff will be conducting outreach throughout the Bay Area to inform potential consumers of AT about our services and to inform potential donors of AT about the need that exists for their used items.
Adaptive Computer Empowerment Services, Inc. (A.C.E.S.)
10054 Prospect Avenue, Suite E
Santee, CA 92071
Phone: (619) 448-5253
Fax: (619) 448-0636
Services: A.C.E.S., a California Public Benefit Non-Profit Corporation and a 501(c)3, originally established in 1995, is a volunteer-driven organization refurbishing donated computer equipment and software for distribution to low-income San Diegans with disabilities and Seniors.
ALS Association, Los Angeles Chapter
P.O. Box 565
Agoura Hills, CA 91376-0565
Phone: (818) 865-8067
Services: The greater LA chapter of the ALS Association has a "loan closet" for clients who are registered with them. When you register with The Greater Los Angeles Chapter, their case managers help you obtain the services and equipment you need.
Assistive Technology Loan and Reuse (ATLR) Program
ATEC (Assistive Technology Exchange Center), a program of Goodwill of Orange County
1601 E. Saint Andrew Place
Santa Ana, CA 92705
Phone: (714) 361-6200
Fax: (714) 361-6220
Services: The equipment loan and reuse program provides trial of various types of assistive technology equipment and software so that individuals with disabilities have an opportunity to test a particular device or program prior to purchase or at times when equipment is being repaired or unavailable. The reuse component of this program includes various pieces of equipment for exchange, sale or free of charge. ATEC accepts donations for reuse, please inquire before donating.
Services: CompuTech for Humanity (CFH) is a nonprofit organization that is dedicated to charitable and educational purposes. CFH boasts a multi-cultural group of volunteers that include individuals with various disabilities. CompuTech for Humanity was founded to bring computer technology access to low-income handicapped individuals and low-income family with children. CompuTech for Humanity also delivers education supplies and refurbished computers to developing nations to promote literacy and interest in learning.
Services: CAS provides services to residents in Pasadena and its neighboring communities through the free loan of wheelchairs and other medical equipment for in-home use.
DMC R-3: Reuse, Repair and Recycle Program
Dayle McIntosh Disability Resource Centers
13272 Garden Grove Blvd
Garden Grove, CA 92843
Phone: (714) 621-3300
Fax: (714) 663-2094
Services: The Dayle McIntosh Center’s reuse program serves consumers of all ages and disabilities that live in Orange County. We are part of both State and County reuse collaborative which bring together equipment vendors, non-profit agencies and specialists to find appropriate equipment for consumers. We take donations of used AT/DME and then repair, adjust and sanitize items in preparation for reuse. Inventory can change constantly but some items include; wheelchairs, walkers, canes, crutches, shower chairs, commode chairs, Hoyer lifts and many other items. The goal is to help consumers get equipment when their natural supports fall short.
233 W. Harrison Avenue
Claremont, CA 91711
Phone: (909) 399-3289
Fax: (909) 626-4369
E-mail: James Covey, Executive Director, email@example.com
Home/Healthcare Equipment Loan Program (HELP): http://www.inlandhospice.org/equipmentforloan.html
Services: Inland Hospice Association direct program services are available to persons in the following Eastern Los Angeles County and Western San Bernardino County communities: Pomona, Ontario, Montclair, La Verne, San Dimas, Glendora, Guasti, Diamond Bar, Walnut, Claremont, Chino, Chino Hills, Alta Loma, Upland and Rancho Cucamonga. In addition to direct services to patients in these communities, the Inland Hospice Association makes available the free use of medical equipment to a much larger geographical area through our Home/Healthcare Equipment Loan Program, one of only two such programs operating in Southern California.
Services: Riverside Community Access Center has an equipment reuse program that will take donation of wheelchairs, ramps, rollators/walkers, hearing aids, hospital beds, suction safety grips. They also have senior low vision program that will accept donations of visual aids.
Southern California Rehabilitation Services, Inc. (SCRS)
7830 Quill Drive, Suite D
Downey, CA 90242
Phone: (562) 862-6531 ext. 118
Fax: (562) 923-5274
E-mail: Mel Grant, firstname.lastname@example.org
Services: SCRS is an Independent Living Center (non-residential). We provide services and advocacy for persons with disabilities. SCRS has been a private, non-profit organization since 1979. SCRS loans assistive technology devices; e.g. wheelchairs, walkers, crutches, canes, portable commodes, transfer benches, sliding boards, etc. We loan equipment at no cost. SCRS will also accept any donations of assistive technology devices that are in good working order.
The Durable Medical Equipment Aid Society
5827 Corbin Ave, Tarzana, CA 91356
Phone: (213) 361-6788
E-mail: Nilofar Amier, email@example.com
Services: The Durable Medical Equipment Aid Society provides DME on a loan basis to those individuals living in Los Angeles County who lack the financial resources or insurance coverage to access in-home DME for their rehabilitation or recovery from illness or injury. There is a small administrative fee, which varies depending on the type of equipment loaned. The administrative fee covers delivery of equipment. Availability of DME varies, but we have wheelchairs, walkers, crutches, canes, transfer benches, shower chairs, portable commodes, in-home hospital beds, etc. We accept donations of such items that are in clean and serviceable condition.
Visual Aid Services
7625 Hayvenhurst Avenue, Unit 5
Van Nuys, CA 91406
Phone: (818) 909-9453
Fax: (818) 909-7578
Services: Visual Aid Services accept used Vision Products, refurbish them, and provide them at a reduced price to individuals who are on fixed or low income budgets, but who need the vision equipment.
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Convensent Aid Society