After stepping up to newer technology, many members have asked us what they can do with their older Apple devices. TVAUG will gladly take in your old device and set it back to factory original settings. We donate the restored items to local charities like the local Boys and Girls Clubs in Lake County and the Sumter County Youth Centers in Bushnell and Wildwood.
We take in the following Apple devices only: iPhone, iPad, MacBook, Mini, iMac — no printers! We are always in need of USB keyboards and mice to help with the refurbishing process and to pair with the donated computers.
If you are donating an iOS device, you must remove your power-on passcode and turn off the “Find My iPhone” option if it is enabled. Please attach a piece of paper with your contact information in case there are any questions. Here is a link to the Apple Support website that shows you how to reset your iOS device.
Ed Muhs and Chuck Palmer, who do the refurbishing, are usually sitting at the back table of our meetings when they are in town. You can drop off those items at any of our Saddlebrook meetings or coordinate a drop off at either of their houses if easier. So feel free to stop by and ask them any questions you may have about the process. You can also reach out to them by sending an email here.
We now have 2 volunteers who will help pick up and distribute refurbished devices. Sandy and Carleen can also be contacted with the email link in the previous paragraph. This is especially helpful with a heavier device like a heavier iMac or if you just can’t attend a meeting to drop off equipment.
If you have a Windows computer that is no longer needed, please reach out to The Villages Computer Club here. Sorry, but we just don’t have the resources to work on them.