SeniorNet, a nonprofit program that works to familiarize adults over the age of 50 with computers and technology, is looking for Long Island companies to donate old computers and work space.
The donations of worn computers and space would help continue a volunteer program SeniorNet ran that had stopped over two years ago, said Marty Kushinick, 84, a retired lawyer that used to serve as a SeniorNet co-coordinator.
The volunteer effort formerly had a partnership with natural gas provider KeySpan. As part of the program, SeniorNet volunteers would go to KeySpan's offices twice a week to wipe the harddrives of the company's old computers and install new operating systems; the refurbished computers would then be donated to local schools and charities, said Kushnick, who used to volunteer with the refurbishing effort.
SeniorNet's partnership with KeySpan ended in 2009, about three years after the company's merger with National Grid. Kushnick said he misses the camaraderie the volunteers had developed with each other as they worked on the computers together every Tuesday and Thursday
"We all work together, and we’re looking for a facility who would want us to work on their computers to do what we did for KeySpan and then for National Grid," he said.
SeniorNet is a national nonprofit with Long Island chapter locations in Huntington and Yaphank.
Those interested in donating computers or work space can contact SeniorNet co-coordinator Slava Vero at 631-427-3700 ext. 268 or firstname.lastname@example.org.