Estes Park Nonprofit Resource Center (EPNRC) has computers available for “adoption” to area nonprofits thanks to a recent donation from the Town of Estes Park. There are a total of eleven computers available, seven Dell Precision Workstation T3400 and four Dell Precision Workstation T7400. Initially the project began with 26 computers available but fifteen have already been adopted out through word of mouth. The cost to adopt a computer is $75 and includes two flat-screen monitors, mouse and keyboard.
Alan Fraundorf, the Town of Estes Park’s Information Technology Manager says “we were thrilled to find a good use of the Town’s used equipment with local nonprofits through EPNRC.” He continued “for everyone involved, this was a much better option than sending them to the recycle center.” Alan contacted EPNRC Director Jill Lancaster to see if there was an interest in using the computers last fall. The project was put on hold until April due to the flood. Alan also handcrafted decorative stands for displays that did not have stands.
Lee Lasson, a board member of EPNRC has been the coordinator of the project. Volunteers from the Estes Park Computer Users Group (EPICUG), EPNRC and the Rotary Club of Estes Park worked together to remove Windows XP from the donated machines and install a new operating system along with Microsoft Office. Volunteers from the Rotary Club of Estes Park helped move the computers to temporary storage donated by Wheeler Management in the Stanley Village. YMCA of the Rockies loaned the project SATA Drive Duplicators for cloning the system’s hard drives. Lee Lasson, Jim Webb and Joe Calvin of EPICUG organized and updated the computers, then paired and tested the displays to get the systems ready for adoption. The computers are now located at the Duck Central Office, space donated by Wheeler Management.
The board members of EPNRC would like to thank the Town of Estes Park, Alan Fraundorf, EPICUG, the Rotary Club of Estes Park, Wheeler Management, YMCA of the Rockies, Baja Broadband, board member Lee Lasson and Director Jill Lancaster for helping to make this program possible.
If you are an Estes area nonprofit and interested in adopting a computer, please contact Jill Lancaster at firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information on EPNRC please visit www.epnonprofit.org.
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