Kramden, which provides computers to those in need, recently signed a lease for the suite next door and will soon double its space from 5,000 to 10,000 square feet.
"We're literally bursting at the seams," said
With construction slated to begin this week, Delmariani said that it's best for people to track the progress via the Kramden Institute Facebook page, where pictures and updates will be posted.
"The construction will take at least a month. We won't have any open volunteer events until probably September," she said. "We've been planning for the summer so we have some machines on hand so the construction shouldn't affect our output."
The output that Delmariani is referring to is the organization's goal of distributing 3,000 computers this year to those in need. She said that so far Kramden is about halfway there.
Delmariani explained that the new space will allow for institute to spread out and break up into clearly defined storage and work spaces along with an area where computers are awarded to recipients.
As volunteers hustled and bustled about during the most recent -- and last one until construction finishes --
Some were leaning more toward some blues while others were in favor of the warmer yellows and oranges. The excitement about the impending expansion was obvious, even among the nonprofit's founder,
What started out as a simple project with his son, Ned, in their basement to help children who didn't have access to a computer in their homes has blossomed into a venture that has had a tremendous impact on the community.
Their flagship program, Kramden Tech Scholars, assists students in third through 12th grades with a working, home computer. Students are nominated by an educator and once a student is assigned to a computer, an appointment is scheduled to pick up the computer.
"It's just one of those things that's taken on a life of its own," Dibner said. "We've had about 8,000 different people volunteer."
Among the volunteers are stacks and pallets of computers waiting to be evaluated and refurbished for distribution throughout
"We get computer donations from big companies, small companies, individuals, anyone who wants to donate their old computer," Delmariani said. "
"The first step is triage where we open up the machines, see what's inside them, add what we need so that it meets our specifications and test the hardware. Step two is cleaning. It's the least technical part but one of the most important. When we give kids computers, we want them to be proud of it.
"And step three is loading the operating system," she said. "We use Ubermix. It's a Linux-based computer software that is virtually virus proof. Then step four is the final test."
Detailed instructions ensure that anyone at least 12 years old can come in at any skill level and help Kramden do its work.
Castillo said that she was excited when she found out a month ago that she was getting a computer from Kramden.
"They've changed a few things at
Aside from the new building,
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