There’s a season for everything
and a time for every matter under the heavens.— Ecclesiastes 3:1
For about 7 years, the Hardware Co-op served as a unique and vital ministry of our congregation. But even within the church, as the seasons of life change so too must our activities and actions. In the spring of 2014 the decision was made to wind down the work of the Hardware Co-op. A lot has changed in the past 7 years with regards to finding convenient, local places to properly dispose of used electronics. We also experienced several changes in personnel and leadership, and with the congregation’s decision to sell our building the time was right to have RecycleForce come and pick up our remaining inventory.
We give thanks for the many people who volunteered and donated to support the Hardware Co-op over the years. Many lives were touched. Many computers were transformed and repurposed. Many hazardous materials were saved from the landfill. This ministry may have come to an end, but it certainly did not fail.
Below you’ll find some basic information about the history of the Co-op:
One of the more unusual ministries of our congregation has been our computer and electronics re-use and recycling ministry, known as “The Hardware Co-op”. This program grew out of concern for the environment, a core group of church members and friends who have a passion for technology, and a desire to share our resources with others. Operating out of our church building’s basement, The Hardware Co-op taught volunteers about disassembling and re-assembling donated computers, installing and using free and open-source software, and provided complete computers to non-profits and individuals who are in need.