When InterConnection’s founder, Charles Brennick, parked the company’s donation van at its Fremont headquarters during the holidays, he did not expect it to be stolen. After all, as a non-profit organization, InterConnection is not a prime target for significant theft. They refurbish older surplus computer equipment from individuals or companies to sell at discounted rates to low-income consumers or other nonprofit organizations. Unfortunately, the van was stolen over the holidays by a group of people who planned a different use for it. After stealing the donation van, the car thieves apparently then used it in an attempted robbery, damaging the van beyond repair.
This left InterConnection without any means of collecting the equipment donated to them. Donations primarily include electronic equipment such as computers and accessories, which is inconvenient for donors to drop off themselves. The pick-up service is a key part of how InterConnection obtains donations from individuals and businesses. Many of their donors simply don’t have the time or resources to bring the items to the headquarters, which will simply leave the company – and their clients – without donations. The high-demand of these generic vans also makes them a challenge to obtain.
Fortunately, the holiday spirit has not left the city of Seattle. InterConnection quickly started a crowdfunding campaign on GoFundMe, where they’ve raised over $2,000 already. Crowdfunding has become a fast way to notify a wide audience of a funding need, and allow them to securely donate to the cause of their choice. InterConnection is listed as a certified charity, and donations can be made via PayPal.