Operation Homelink is a (501-C3) non-profit organization (FEIN # 91-2186796) founded in 2003 to support service members and their families with the use of donated computer technology. Our mission includes providing laptops to wounded warriors and veterans plus the facilitation of e-mail communication between American service members deployed overseas and their
families back home.
Most members of our military have e-mail access on ships and even in desert outposts. Often
times, however, lower income families are not able to afford a computer and must rely on expensive phone calls or regular mail to stay in touch. Operation Homelink addresses this problem by providing a refurbished computer to the spouse or parents of troops within the lowest level pay grades (E1-E5) as well as wounded warriors and veterans. With help from supporters including Raytheon, Dell, Litl, LLC and Southwest Airlines, to date we have provided computers to 5,000 military service members and their families.
As a result of a December 2011 donation of new webbook computers from Lit'l LLC, we recently distributed 2,700 webbooks to military families, veterans and other military support non-profits including Student Veterans of America, Hiring Heroes, Camp C.O.P.E., Fisher House, and the USO airport centers in Chicago. An additional 1,400 webbooks are now being distributed to families of deploying Marine Reservists and National Guardsmen located all across the U.S. When the last 600 Litl webbooks are distributed in the Spirng of 2012, Operation Homelink will have provided 7,200 computers in the eight years since our formation. With the planned distribution of 800 additional computers by the end of 2012, we will have provided over 8,000 computers to wounded warriors, veterans, service members and their families.
Large donations of used computers are needed to help the thousands of qualified recipients in need of a laptop. Computers should be in good working order with the following minimum specifications: Pentium 3/2.0 GHz. Professional refurbishment services are provided by our technology partner Techturn of Austin, TX (www.techturn.com) who perform this same work
for some of the largest, most security and environmentally-conscious corporations in the U.S. They coordinate all aspects of the donation process, including the documentation, and guaranteed wiping of the hard drive. The donating corporationís willingness to ship the laptops to our Technology Partners maximizes the amount of computers we can distribute. All computer donation and shipping costs are tax deductible. Donors of 100 laptops or more can specify the specific military unit or geographical area where computers are sent, creating an additional avenue of support for their local military community.