Homes for Computers

Family registration for VAC’s 2021 Homes for Computers Program beings January 5 and ends on January 29. 

Voluntary Action Center’s Homes for Computers program provides reformatted computers donated by the City of Columbia to Columbia families with children in grades K-12. VAC partners with the City of Columbia, the Downtown Optimist Club, and the Boone County Sheriff’s Department to put on this program. This year 50 families received a computer, and to date, over 700 computers have been given through this program.

To be eligible you must:

  • Must be eligible for VAC services (AKA within Boone County and within 200% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines)
  • Must have a permanent address. This means that homeless clients and those in residential/agency settings are not eligible due to not having a permanent address to keep computer.
  • Must NOT have a computer in their home at the time of application.
  • Unlike years past, clients do NOT need to have a K-12 child at the address in order to apply.

Please note: Priority will be given to families who have NOT received a computer from VAC in the past.

If more applications are received than are donated from the City of Columbia a drawing will be held and those families selected will be notified during the week following the end of the program.

Staffing and security issues limit this program’s ability to distribute City computers only. VAC is unable to accept other computer donations at this time.  To find out how to recycle old computers and monitors, search the City’s “Waste Wizard” by downloading the COMO Recycle and Trash app or visiting

For more information, contact the VAC office at 573-874-2273 or


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