Wednesday, July 28, 2004
Computer Monitors to be Re-deployed into low-income Communities
Houston, Texas (July 22, 2004) – It was announced today that ChevronTexaco is making a donation of several thousand computer monitors to Technology For All (TFA) for re-deployment into low-income communities served by TFA and its community partners.
Beginning later this year, over 4000 ChevronTexaco employees from Houston and other parts of the United States will begin moving into the newly purchased office building at 1500 Louisiana in downtown Houston. “A move of this size presents enormous planning and logistical challenges. But in this case, the consolidation of office space has produced a great opportunity for our company to support the community through the donation of surplus information technology equipment.” says David Feldman, Community Affairs Representative with ChevronTexaco. “We're very pleased to offer thousands of computer monitors that will be put to productive use in underserved communities throughout our area and appreciate the role that Technology for All plays in receiving the equipment and re-distributing it to non-profit organizations with the greatest need. Our partnership with TFA has proven extremely valuable to both the community and our company and we hope to continue our collaborations in the future.”
TFA will utilize the monitors to support its work as an intermediary for community technology centers (CTCs). CTCs are public spaces that provide public access to computers and the Internet. Technology For All works with over 180 organizations in Houston that operate CTCs. These CTCs provide workforce training, after-school programs, basic computer skills classes and other classes. Many offer “Learn and Earn” programs through which students can learn and earn a computer for use in their homes. TFA has recently instituted a program with Project GRAD that will reward low-income students that successfully complete advanced placement classes. These students will earn a computer for use at home or at college.
“In receiving this donation on behalf of TFA, we look forward to extending the goodwill of ChevronTexaco throughout Houston as together we help this city develop a more diverse and better educated workforce” said Dr. Will Reed, TFA’s President and Chief Executive Officer. “We look forward to utilizing this as an opportunity to encourage other corporations to support Houston’s low-income communities through computer donations to TFA that it can develop and support community technology centers serving those communities.”
TFA welcomes the ChevronTexaco donation. As a 501(C)(3) nonprofit and a “Microsoft Authorized Refurbisher” TFA can assist corporations replacing technology assets by re-deploying those computers and other hardware into community-based organizations serving the underserved. TFA can wipe corporate data, certify its destruction and install a new licensed Microsoft operating system. Like the ChevronTexaco relationship, it is relatively easy for TFA to work with corporations to save money, identify tax benefits and create goodwill in local communities.