Thursday, August 26, 2010

Recycling at its Best

With a donation of 49 computers, community banking institution Republic Bank has jumpstarted a new program at Humanitarian Service Project which will put refurbished computers into the hands of low-income senior citizens and families with young children, making computer access a reality and saving landfill space.

We happen to think this is a win-win-win for everyone. While the computers are no longer state-of-the-art, they will work just fine for HSP's clients after we find monitors for them. Senior VP of Technology at Republic Bank Chris Gerrib said, "What struck a chord with me was that the bank usually has to pay to dispose of older PCs. Here we were able to avoid a cost, prevent the PCs from ending up in a landfill, and do good for the community."

Founder/Executive Director Karole Kettering foresees this donation opening a whole new world to the children enrolled in the Children's Birthday Project who don't have computers at home. Karole said, "We are so grateful to Chris and all the people at Republic Bank for their generous donation, which helps to seed our new program and get it off to a running start. These computers are in good working order, so we're ahead of schedule. We have a volunteer technician, so donations don't have to be working perfectly so long as they're not too old. Give us a call and we'll see if we can take a computer or monitor off your hands."

Please give us a call at 630-221-8340 if you have any questions.

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