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 VOL. 6
 ISSUE 8
After Katrina - Technology Lifelines @Work
Computers for Hurricane Katrina Victims

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This young woman was the first Dollars for Scholars recipient to receive her computer in New Orleans.

BGAMUG, the Bowling Green Area Microcomputer User Group of Bowling Green Kentucky, sent Computers for Hurricane Katrina Victims to the New Orleans area as part of their PC Placement Program.




The National Cristina Foundation has had a long standing relationship with the Association of PC User Groups (APCUG) for many years.  This large network of user groups, represents people in local communities across our nation and other parts of the world that come together on a regular basis because of their shared interest in computer technology.  Oftentimes, in addition to their regular monthly user group meetings that discuss a variety of computer related topics, they develop projects that bring together a variety of people who volunteer their personal time to help their community and also other communities who have particular needs for support from people with computer knowledge.

A fine example of these often unsung heroes across America is the Bowling Green Area Microcomputer User Group of Bowling Green Kentucky.

General distribution activities. Jefferson Dollars for Scholars pre qualified the college bound recipients and CACRC was BGAMUG’s contact for the activities.
This 24 foot truck, loaded head high, took the team 3 hours to load.  At 6pm, this small group of remaining team members from BGAMUG, a local church group and neighbors, pose with the donation headed for Louisiana. 45 minutes into the New Orleans distribution, a recipient receives a complete system from a Dollars for Scholars-Jefferson Parish volunteer.

When BGAMUG first learned of the need for refurbished computers for people impacted by Hurricane Katrina, their leaders discussed and authorized a project to gather and then transfer computers to Baton Rouge, Louisiana and provide them to the Capital Area Corporate Recycling Council (CACRC) for local distribution.

They launched a campaign to obtain computers and funds from members, area businesses, and other organizations, by making personal pleas, press releases and TV appearances.  Within a month they had 50 restored computers and $945 donated to finance the trip down from Bowling Green, Kentucky to Baton Rouge, Louisiana.  After hours of testing, sorting and making technical adjustments to the donated computers under the supervision of their PC Placement Program Director Gene Iglehart, a retired computer technician, the 50 computers were delivered on October 28, 2005 by BGAMUG members.

With local publicity about the trip, they soon had enough additional donated computers and volunteers to make a second trip on May 31, 2006, this time with 215 computers with the assistance of boy scouts from local troops.  They found storage space for the computers at a local Baton Rouge consignment business until they were distributed within the New Orleans community by the Capital Area Corporate Recycling Council.

We congratulate Gene Iglehart and his great team at Bowling Green Area Microcomputer User Group for their important work on behalf of a community in crisis.

Learn more about APCUG at www.APCUG.net

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