A couple of weeks ago, associates in New Albany probably noticed a wall of PCs and related equipment in the MIS Help-Desk area, and then later in the Break Room. If you were in either room, it was difficult to not see them. Their presence raised a lot of questions, including why are they here, and what are we going to do with them?
The Silver Creek Dragons Foundation (SCDF) and Samtec Cares recently partnered to serve our community by providing 54 refurbished computers to ten local nonprofit organizations.
Like many school systems, when the onset of Covid-19 necessitated virtual learning, many students in the Silver Creek School Corporation faced challenges in participating because they did not have computers in their homes. Originally, the SCDF located 54 computer systems – a desktop computer, monitor, keyboard, and mouse – to donate to these students.
Soon thereafter, Indiana received $61.6 million of Federal CARES Act funds, and Governor Eric Holcomb allocated some of these funds to the state’s One-To-One Computer Initiative. SCDF’s computers were no longer needed for their original mission. Given this fortunate turn of events, SCDF contacted Samtec Cares and asked if they could find homes for these devices.
Given the number of grant applications that Samtec Cares receives from local nonprofits, it didn’t take long to find several organizations who could benefit from the computers and equipment.
Samtec Cares reimaged the PCs with new Windows 10 software, making them compatible with almost all Windows-based platforms. Samtec Cares then distributed them to ten local nonprofits, including:
- Beautiful As You Are (BAYA)
- Big Brothers Big Sisters of Kentuckiana
- Henryville High School
- Jacob’s Well
- New Day Ministries
- Portland Christian School
- Simmons College
- Watch Us Grow
- York Academy
- 93 Nights
Congratulations to all of those who worked to make this happen. I wish I could list their names, but they won’t let me — but you know who you are.
The Silver Creek Dragons Foundation is a 501(c)3 non-profit company, whose mission is to “build a strong community network through philanthropic partnerships that provide resources in the areas of school safety, academic excellence, and extra-curricular activities.”
The Samtec Cares Grant Program was created to positively impact and assist charitable organizations within the communities where our employees live, work, and play.