What’s old can absolutely be new again. That’s the case for a cache of old desktop and laptop computers that were collecting dust in one of our warehouses.
During a recent inventory of assets the IT team identified equipment that was no longer of use to the company and instead of throwing it all in the recycling bin, they suggested we donate it to UCP of Central California, a nonprofit dedicated to advance the independence, productivity and full citizenship of persons with disabilities.
The computers will be used to upgrade the existing computer lab at UCP’s Center for Habilitation, Education, Enrichment, & Recreational Services (CHEERS) program in Coalinga. The community integration classes include arts and agriculture, educational classes with a focus on math and spelling, and physical education.
“The technology component of our program opened up a whole new world for our students,” said Jeffery Snyder, executive director for UCP of Central California. “The computer lab provides our students greater access to adaptive tools and learning opportunities. With classes in communication, email and social media, typing and adaptive technology, our students are gaining greater independence. The technology also enables them to communicate on a more personal level while sharing their story.”
UCP of Central California unites and serves more than 1,000 children and adults with a broad range of disabilities and special needs including those with cerebral palsy, Down syndrome, autism, traumatic brain injuries and intellectual disabilities. Through its six programs, they strive to fulfill their mission to improve the quality of life for people with disabilities. Their adult and childrens’ programs serve people with disabilities in Fresno, Kern, Kings, Madera, Mariposa, Merced, and Tulare counties. UCP of Central California, they believe that while we might face different challenges, we all share similar goals and we all deserve the opportunity to try to achieve them.
We at Sebastian are thrilled that our computers will enhance the education of UCP students. Sebastian not only conducts business within Central California but the majority of our employees live there, too. As a company, we feel as though we are responsible to our communities by supporting education, charities, and civic improvements. Because if our community succeeds, we succeed too.