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MLK Commemorative Symposium Day of Service Computer Donation Drive
December 9, 2008, Volume 55, No. 15

December 7 through January 16


You can help a family in need receive a much needed computer by donating your old computer to the People’s Emergency Center (PEC) through the Martin Luther King Jr. Commemorative Symposium Day of Service Committee.

The PEC helps homeless families repair their lives. PEC’s mission is to partner with community members, funders, government and the business community to ensure that all families have access to the services, housing, income, education and technology they need to achieve and maintain independence.

Connecting families to the internet through computers unlocks a wealth of resources for them to pursue employment, educational opportunities, identify and apply for public benefits, find programs, jobs, and help children with schoolwork. By providing refurbished computers, internet access, and training, PEC builds self-reliance and opens new opportunities for PEC clients and community residents.

Please donate a new or used computer no more than five years old, in working condition. If you can, include the keyboard, mouse, printer, modem, packaged software, cables, or any other accessories.

To protect your privacy, you should remove all data from a computer hard drive before donating a computer, with the exception of the operating system. If you are not sure how to “wipe” your computer, there will be University staff and student volunteers that will do it before the computers are donated to the PEC.

Freeware Windows Disk Cleaning Software (available at Shareware.com)

• Eraser

• Active@ Kill Disk: Hard Drive Eraser

• Disk Cleaner

• Sure Delete

• BCWipe (shareware)


(available at download.com)

Macintosh Disk Cleaning Software: WipeDrive for Mac

Please bring your computer (peripherals, cords, etc.) to Isabel Mapp, 133 S. 36th St., Room 507, (215) 898-2020 or sammapp@upenn.edu. If you wish to volunteer for the Day of Service project with PEC, you must register in advance.

—Isabel Mapp, Penn Volunteers In Public Service, Netter Center for Community Partnerships

Related: Volunteer Opportunities

Related: PPSA Holiday Soiree and Canned Food Drive



Almanac - December 9, 2008, Volume 55, No. 15