MAY 2, 2019

Tags: Connecting For GoodDigital Inclusion InnovatorsSurplus Exchange

For Immediate Release

Two KC organizations join forces for
environmental stewardship and digital inclusion

The Surplus Exchange transfers assets to Connecting for Good


After a thorough assessment of its operations, community commitments and prospective partners, the board of directors of The Surplus Exchange (TSE) announced it has consolidated with Connecting For Good, another Kansas City community nonprofit organization committed to bridging the digital divide through affordable internet, refurbished computers, and digital literacy training.

Jessica Merrigan, TSE Board co-Chair said “Changing market conditions have challenged our operations and leadership to adapt to our business model to better support an increasingly robust mission. We could not be happier with Connecting For Good as the partner we have selected to preserve and grow the legacy that TSE has created with all of our clients and community partners over the past 20-plus years.”   

Tom Esselman, CEO of Connecting for Good, expressed his gratitude and respect for this legacy, saying, “The Surplus Exchange was one of Kansas City’s first community organizations to help put Kansas City on the national map for digital inclusion. While we have always partnered for certified electronics recycling — and will maintain this commitment — the ability to include its warehouse and retail operations, job skills training and donation pickup capabilities, will complement and strengthen Connecting For Good’s commitment to community impact through education, employment, economic impact, and the environment.”

Work is underway to complete the transition, and a re-opening date will be announced soon.

All inquiries should be directed to:

Tom Esselman (CEO,, 816-559-7077)

Kelly Gough (Administrative Professional,, 816-768-8830)

Michael Levine (Board President,, 816-210-6783)


Connecting For Good, a 501(c)3 nonprofit serving the Greater Kansas City metropolitan community, provides affordable internet, computers, digital skills and partnerships for low income communities to open minds and opportunities for a better future.

For more information on Connecting for Good go to

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