Owens donation puts old campus computers to useWritten by David J. Coehrs | | email@example.com
Old computers will help breathe new life into area non-profit organizations, thanks to donations made by Owens Community College.
In partnership with the United Way of Greater Toledo, the college will give 185 used computers to 28 agencies in Northwest Ohio. Organizations that benefit from the giveaway include Lutheran Social Services, the Northwest Ohio Chapter of the Arthritis Foundation and the Northwest Ohio Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association.
The five-year-old refurbished computers will be donated to non-profit groups that requested them or were suggested by the United Way Volunteer Center, according to Brian Paskvan, Owens chief technology officer. He said it’s a community-minded effort to dispose of computers without worrying about toxic materials they contain.
”The motherboards and monitors have gases in them,” Paskvan said. ”All computers have toxic materials in them. We were looking for ways to reduce these toxic materials [in the environment].”
The donations solve that problem and equip the non-profit agencies with computers they likely could not afford to purchase, he added. ”They may have some life for somebody else. If they have shelf life for someone, that would be great. [The agencies] are going to have some additional capabilities that they possibly wouldn’t have had.”
Paskvan said Owens typically purchases about 300 computers each year to replace others which become obsolete for the college’s purposes. There are about 2,000 computers on campus.
”It’s a tremendous way for us to make sure that the entire community is involved and gets support,” said Bill Kitson, CEO of United Way. ”You’re going to find organizations that truly need them. Using the volunteer center as a mechanism to distribute computers is a pretty smart thing to do.”
Nancy Yunker, president of Lutheran Social Services, said the organization received 10 computers, to be used at its resource centers, the Rosa Morgan Adult Care Center, and the central office on Collingwood Boulevard.
”It is extremely expensive for any sort of non-profit organization to upgrade,” said Yunker. ”We are very grateful for the community support of our agency through the donation of computers.”
The Make-A-Wish Foundation will be awarded five computers, to be used for the agency’s newsletter and daily business.
”We’re just happy to get them,” said Jay Salvage, executive director. ”Any non-profit is hard-pressed for funding. Any time we can get a donation of this type is appreciated.”
Paskvan said he hopes the
donation will be an annual event.