tellico village computer users club 

  Loudon, Tennessee

Technology Access Program

What we do

TAP  (Technology Access Program) gives away computer systems to needy families in our greater community.  A computer system consists of a computer, keyboard, mouse, monitor, printer and a ream of paper.  In 2007, our first year, we gave away 43 computer systems!


The chart below shows the statistics of the past few years.  We are grateful to the volunteers, donors, and charitable organizations who make this program possible.


2012, 565 systems were given to 1,032 children

2013, 704 systems were given to 1,341 children

2014, 683 systems were given to    879 children

2015, 743 systems were given to 1,057 children


From the inception of TAP and including

the computer systems given so far this year (2016):


TAP has donated 4,519 computer systems

that impact 7,147 children!

updated July 16, 2016

"The children who now have access to an in-home computer, they are the ones we are working for."

Contact T.A.P.

For more information about this program, donating, and volunteering you can email us via the contact block or call us at (865) 332-5313. Donations of computer equipment can be brought to:

 

TVCUC-TAP

244 Lakeside Plaza

Loudon, TN 37774

 

Lakeside Plaza is along Ritchie Road (intersection #10) and TAP is located in the lower level of building #2 Grinderz (formerly Doug's Place.)

 

A 501(c)3 non-profit organization.

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TAP Volunteers at the TAP Picnic
October 20, 2014

Anna Belle Lee, student 5,000! 

Over 3,000 computers!

July 17, 2014.  She's only 8 years old and now Anna Belle Lee of Loudon County has her very own computer system at home.  Anna Belle says, "I'm excited, very excited. I appreciate that they picked me and I am so excited I got a computer." 


Members of the Technology Access Program of the Tellico Village Computer Users Club presented the third grade student with the Dell system at the Good Samaritan Center of Loudon County.

TAP thanks the wonderful Individuals, Organizations, Businesses, and Foundations who generously provide needed funding.

Youth Endowment Fund and CNS Y-12 Community Foundation

Who we are

TAP (Technology Access Program) is a community outreach program of the Tellico Village Computer Users Club.  TAP was started by volunteers who refurbished donated computers to be sold at the spring and fall Tellico Village community garage sales.  Remaining spare parts and unsold computers were then given to a local computer shop.


Those original volunteers could see a need to make home computer access available to families in Loudon and Monroe Counties.  They presented their plan to the four agencies who were involved in the garage sales: Habitat for Humanity, Tellico Village Community Church Crafters, TVPOA Beautification Committee and Good Neighbor Shoppe.  Computers not suitable for the garage sales but still usable would be given to a family referred to us by a school or charitable organization.  As our need for space exceeded the spare rooms or basements that had been our work areas, Tellico Village Community Church offered work space at no charge complete with all utilities and internet service.


The first 12 systems were given away on June 2, 2007.  A system consists of a desktop PC computer, CD R/W, high-speed and dial-up internet access capability, monitor, keyboard, mouse, speakers, printer with ink, and a ream of paper.  During 2007 TAP gave away 43 systems and during 2008 TAP gave away 132 systems.  And these 175 computer systems provided home computer access for 345 children!


In 2009 Tellico Village Community Church needed pastoral office space as their building project commenced and TAP acquired space in the lower level of building 2, Lakeside Plaza, the second building along Ritchie Road. While TAP no longer enjoyed the favorable terms given to us by Community Church we began to qualify for and reach out to United Way and other grant-providing philanthropic organizations.


The computers that TAP provides to referred children are given to TAP by our friends and neighbors in Tellico Village, by area business who are upgrading their own systems, by industries who observe a regular replacement schedule and by aggregators who service the computer leasing business.


All computer systems and peripherals are inspected and cleaned on arrival.  The operating system, all programs, and any remaining personal information is removed from the computer.  A new operating system and basic applications are installed so that a “clean” system can be delivered to a deserving student.  TVCUC maintains a 501(c)3 (non-profit) designation.  Financial contributions are welcome.


Currently TAP provides computer systems to qualifying students in Loudon, Monroe, Blount, Roane, Anderson, Knox, McMinn and Campbell County schools and to qualifying students in Lenoir City, Sweetwater, Oak Ridge, and Knoxville City Schools.  In addition there are numerous organizations and agencies that refer requests from qualifying families to TAP.