The mission of the Computer Ministry is to provide rebuilt personal computers, documentation and training in basic computer skills to selected charitable organizations in the Kansas City area, and to follow the vision of Village Presbyterian Church.
The Computer ministry was established in 2001 on a foundation of friendship and relationships. The ministry has developed partnerships with the Front Porch Alliance, Baptist Seminary, Grandview Park Presbyterian, Operation Breakthrough and other church ministries in the community.
Explore upcoming computer classes offered through Village U. Classes are open to the community and are low-cost or free to attend.
As we are relying more and more on technology for worship and connecting with others, if you are needing patient, caring, expert help, our computer ministry team is here for you. Email Dee Couch at firstname.lastname@example.org or call Laura Hobbs at 913-671-2323 and they will put you in contact with a member of our Computer Ministry team to assist you.
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The Computer Ministry is comprised of an all-volunteer staff from various church congregations. Computer Ministry members perform many varied tasks to fulfill the group’s mission. Each volunteer may choose tasks that best suit his or her interests and abilities. Some team members analyze donated PCs and test components to determine how to best utilize the equipment. Usable components are combined to build working computers for the ministry’s strategic partners (charitable or educational institutions.) The team then carries out a prescribed process for each computer. Others work on research and development of software and hardware solutions to implement ministry plans, and others provide technical support for ministry operations and for partners. This support can include networking, wiring, setup and maintenance of systems. Education and documentation team members are dedicated to teaching basic computer skills to those in need. Teachers and teaching assistants ("chimes" ) help students gain user skills in Very Basic Computer Classes designed for beginners. This team is also responsible for documentation of the Computer Ministry’s process and procedures.
Team members remove all private data from every PC donated to the ministry. The computer’s operating system is then reconfigured as appropriate for its intended application, and new software is installed. It then goes to "quality assurance" for a final check, and backup.
Volunteers and teachers are needed for the teams. Computer Ministry orientation sessions are held periodically for new volunteers at the Outreach Center, 99th & Mission Road. To join, contact Laura Hobbs at 913-671-2333.
Specifications for Donations
Due to the Covid-19 pandemic and the need for social distancing safety reasons, individual computer donations have been suspended until further notice. Persons or organizations wishing to contribute multiple PCs should call 913-671-2333 to make an appointment.
Due to the Covid-19 pandemic and the need for social distancing safety reasons, the PC rebuilding work sessions have been suspended until further notice.
COMPUTER MINISTRY team
Computer Ministry Team Leader: Tony Liu
Team Leader: Ken Smith
Team Leader: Dee Couch
Rev. Dr. Rodger Nishioka
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