NCMUG Community Outreach Program
In operation since 1989, the longest running component of our Community Outreach is the donation of used Macintosh computers, printers and technical assistance to local schools and nonprofit organizations. Our first "client” was Grant School in Petaluma, where we assisted several teachers with their computers. That effort was expanded to provide service to several Sonoma County schools and nonprofit agencies. Macintosh computers, peripheral equipment and technical support to teachers has been provided to the following schools:
NCMUG has also assisted the Petaluma and Rohnert Park COTS (Committee on the Shelterless) program by providing computers for children residing in these homes to do their homework. Similar equipment and support has been given to the low-income Washington Creek Apartments in Petaluma and the Petaluma Senior Center.
The creation of a computer loan program at La Tercera School is yet another facet to our Outreach program. Club members donated several computers and printers; using club funds we obtained others from the Computer Recycling Center in Santa Rosa. Now, children who don't have a computer at home or other access to a computer outside of school, can borrow a computer and printer from the school library for an entire school year.
Recently a web page was created by a member for the school. Sunburst Projects supports families living with HIV/AIDS by providing a range of practical and emotional year-round services, including summer camps for children. They recently requested assistance in providing computers and printers for two families with children in their program. We were able to provide two Macintosh computers and printers together with manuals, and provide instructional assistance.
Several club members participate in this effort, which is coordinated by . Please contact him if you would like to participate or would like additional information.