Imagine being a middle or high school student and not having a computer to help with your homework. That's the reality for thousands of local students whose families can't afford them. Sure, the libraries provide access for some, but it's limited. That's where Kramden Institute comes in. This non-profit in RTP was started about 8 years ago by Mark Dibner and his son, who refurbished a computer and realized how beneficial that could be for needy students. Today, Kramden has helped thousands of students in the Triangle get refurbished computers, free of charge. There are some guidelines. There must not be a computer in the home, the student must be referred by a teacher and they must demonstrate a willingness to do well in school. As if that's not great enough, Kramden relies on volunteers to rehab the computers. And thousands answer the call every Wednesday night, donating their time and expertise. They even wear t-shirts that say "Geek" on them! But you don't have to be a computer guru to help. There's a lot of on the job training and people of all ages pitch in. Mark Dibner hopes to expand this program across the state and nation one day. Imagine how many underserved but deserving students could benefit. In a recent Heart of Carolina Perspectives interview, he told me he gets letters and emails from teachers, almost every day, telling him how much the students' work has improved since they've had their Kramden computer. What a wonderful gift. Check out the above link if you'd like to learn more about how to apply for a computer or how to donate one or volunteer to refurbish them.