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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Environment, Job Training, Philanthropy, Public Foundations, Recycling, Vocational Rehabilitation

Mission: Bridge the digital divide. Educate the public on the value of reusing materials and the importance of proper recycling techniques. Protect the environment by diverting hazardous materials from the landfill. Reduce manufacturers dependency on raw materials.

Programs: Environmental education programs: community outreach and education promoting electronic waste reduction, reuse and recycling. Provides job skill training to disenfranchised individuals by training them to disassemble and sort recyclables, refurbish electronics and learn skills in a public and retail environment.

human services programs: computer/electronic reuse & distribution program - provides free or low cost computers and hardware to underserved populations, schools, and nonprofit organizations. One computer reuse retail location provides access to purchase low cost reused and recyled electronics, internet ready computers, cell phones and other technology for low income and disenfranchised populations. All computers for sale in the reuse retail location and those placed within the community have been refurbished by volunteers and trainees.

recycling programs: computer hardware and electronic materials unable to be repaired/reused are dismantled and recycled using environmentally sound practices and regional vendors. We provide individuals and businesses a convenient opportunity to recycle hard to recycle electronic waste, thus diverting hazardous waste from the environment and recycling it into a valuable resource. We also divert from the landfill paper, plastic, vinyl and cardboard.

Community Stories

9 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Client Served

Rating: 5

NextStep Recycling has been a wonderful resource for our family to safely donate electonics and household items. On numerous occasions we have donated old computers and other items that were previously collecting dust and taking up valuable space at our house. Each time we have donated the process has been very easy and their staff was both friendly and knowledgeable. Additionally, it is well known that NextStep gives back to our community in various ways. I am so pleased that they are an important part of our community.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I work with youth that reside in treatment foster care. The youth that we serve come from the juvenile justice system. They are often deficient in social and employment skills. NextStep has been an incredible tool for us over the last two years. The workplace is dynamic, with an abundance of interesting opportunities for the youth we serve. We have had kids build computers, take apart computers, work in the store, paint, salvage materials, etc. We had one youth start as a volunteer, he illustrated that he was a dedicated worker and they hired him on. Many times I have come into the store or the warehoue to find my kids handling real responsibility, making them feel proud and accomplished. The managers there are patient and work hard with the youth to help them be successful. They also do a great job staying in touch with me about how my kids are doing. They are open to giving kids another chance and often another chance after that. I have had many meetings there to discuss a youths strengths and how best NextStep can help them attain there goals. NextStep is an awesome, incredible resource that has improved the lives of many kids that have been in our program.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

NextStep rocks! I bought an HP printer/fax/scanner/copier there a few months back, and I'm really happy with it (and happy to get something used/keep something out of the wastestream/not contribute to something new being produced). I returned earlier this month to drop off a bunch of electronics--two laptops, copier, scanner, wifi cards, camera, calculator, etc. So happy these items will be recycled/reused to the extent they can. Bought a DVD/CD player on the same visit for $20. NextStep is a great and important community resource!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Whenever we have items of electronic nature, we run over to NextStep and add them to the huge collection. Attendents are always prompt and courteous. We are in and out in a few minutes. I am very glad that we have such a fine recycling facility in our town.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Nextstep is an amazing contributor to our community and is doing a great job in making our world a greener place. I am so impressed with the amazing/friendly staff. They not only do great work but they do a great job at making you feel welcome.

5

Client Served

Rating: 4

I have been visiting NextStep for little over a year now, and I simply love the people that work there and what they bring to our community. I often find myself with old or recently unneeded electronics and I bring it too them not only to avoid a fine. Or to keep it out of the garbage, but they end up using the parts! They dont just throw these things away, they reuse and help, to keep even thought to be outdated technology, alive. Oh and the people. They are so dedicated. Even though I'm sure they don't get paid nearly enough they really seem to love working there, from the recycling area, to the store, I see only dedicated workers. I found I cant help but continue to come back. I love to find new treasures there they most would only think to get rid of. I find nothing but smiling faces and helpful queries when I enter that place. I can never seem to stay away. They deserve all the praise I can give. Thank you. You not only help keep a constant cycle of new and interesting electronics running through my house, but you keep our children and our community going with open doors and open hearts.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

My son was the recipient of one of the recycled computers to use as part of his home program to assist with speech, language. cognitive skill acquisition and music. When my son was three year old, he had no expressive language, attending skills or ability to share information. Using the computer as a motivator and reinforcer, we discovered not only that he has an above average IQ, but also musical savant abilities. Next Step provides an invaluable resource to the Lane County Community, and gives so many of us hope in so many ways. A truly impressive business model and mission.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

NextStep has contributed free computers for a Latino immigrant youth group, Juventud FACETA, that is overseen by a nonprofit with which I volunteer in Eugene. This type of generosity is routine for the organization. NextStep is also known throughout the area for its extensive recycling services, keeping toxic substances out of our landfills, which contributes immeasurably to the preservation of our environment. NextStep is committed to protecting our human rights to life and health. A key part of their program involves providing training and employment to those most in need in our community, and they do a wonderful job at this! I am so pleased to be able to write in support of NextStep!!!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

This is the best place in town for recycling your electronics. They actively educate the community and reach out to make sure the information is there for people like me who want to do the right thing for our community and for the environment. The people who work and run the organization are extremely committed to their cause and they go the extra mile to be helpful.