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February 6, 2008

United Way grants 13 IBM computers to local non-profits

Feb. 6, 2008

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For the past nine years IBM has partnered with United Way of Greater New Haven to provide computers to deserving area non-profits. Since 1999, 46 computers have been granted in the Greater New Haven region. The recipients were chosen through United Way’s request for proposal process. The computers donated were desktops, laptops, and “Little Tikes” computers, which are designed specifically for pre-school and early learning purposes.

“This partnership with IBM is a great example of how collaboration can move change in a community forward,” said Jennifer Heath, Vice President for Community Leadership at United Way of Greater New Haven.

This year, the IBM computers were granted to New Haven Reads, East Haven Family Resource Center at DC Moore Middle School, Concepts for Adaptive Learning, STRIVE, and Easter Seals Goodwill Industries. The various organizations are utilizing the computers to improve computer literacy, internet research, and writing skills among children and adults, specifically disadvantaged residents of Greater New Haven who are unemployed.

For example, New Haven Reads and the East Haven Family Resource Center are utilizing the “Little Tikes” computers to enhance education in the areas of reading, math, and even science among children ages three to five. Many of the students using the computers do not have computers in their homes, but are eager to use them.

“The one-on-one time that a student gets with the computer and a tutor is a stark contrast from the chaotic experience that school can sometimes be and differences are recognizable almost immediately,” said Chris Alexander, Director of New Haven Reads. “Thanks to IBM and United Way, more children are being given access to technology that will support their learning and prepare them for a bright future.”

About United Way:
United Way brings together the caring power of our community to create measurable, sustainable change and to improve lives. To do this we: help identify our region's greatest needs and best opportunities for change; raise dollars and invest those dollars for results; connect people to their caring through volunteer opportunities.

More information about United Way of Greater New Haven's community leadership and how you can help can be found at http://www.uwgnh.org/.

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