REcharge Initiative connects local churches to share electronics through CFT

recharge_transThe REcharge Initiative is a new service launched by the Arkansas Conference Center for Technology (CFT) to provide gently-used computers and other electronics to Arkansas United Methodist churches and affiliated organizations at no cost.

In August, St. Andrew UMC Little Rock became the first congregation to receive refurbished hardware through REcharge—a laptop and docking station to use for projecting visuals in worship services.

“We needed one with a VGA connection and that our volunteers could use for YouTube in worship,” said the Rev. Jenni Duncan, associate pastor. “I will use it for worship presentations, so I was thrilled that it came with open source software similar to programs I used in the past. I have been bringing my personal laptop or trying to use a donated one, in which the entire coding was in Spanish. That made it dependent on me, so this will really help the laity to claim their ministry.”

Palmer Lee, support specialist with the Arkansas Conference Center for Technology, arranges donated equipment that has been evaluated and tagged for distribution to local churches through the REcharge Initiative. AUM PHOTO BY AMY FORBUS

Palmer Lee, support specialist with the Arkansas Conference Center for Technology, arranges donated equipment that has been evaluated and tagged for distribution to local churches through the REcharge Initiative.
AUM PHOTO BY AMY FORBUS

“One of the keys to success with this initiative will be donor churches,” said Mark Epperson, director of the CFT. “We know we’ll get lots of requests for hardware, and a great way for a larger church to help others through our connection is to think of REcharge when it’s time for them to upgrade.”

This initiative is designed to empower ministries with technology and to repurpose electronics in an eco-friendly way—and also to help churches follow faithful practices of caring for God’s creation when electronics cannot be re-used.

“We can only accept hardware that can be refurbished for use by other churches,” Epperson said. “In cases where we don’t have the ability to re-purpose something, we will respond with information on where a local church can recycle those electronics to keep them out of landfills.”

Want to participate in the REcharge Initiative? Complete this form to request electronics for your church, or to make a donation of electronics for other churches.