Hospice of Humboldt donated approximately 20 retired hard drives, monitors and keyboards to two other local nonprofit organizations — Food for People and the Jefferson Park Community Center.
In keeping with its hardware replacement policy, Hospice gradually switched out all of the desktops computers used by both administrative and clinical staff. Rather than securely destroying the hard disk drives and discarding all the equipment as e-waste, Hospice management and the IT department took the time to not only securely erase information but also to reimage, test, and stage the desktop computers for donation.
Joanna Cloutier, IT administrator, has been with Hospice of Humboldt since 2009.
“Wherever possible, Hospice makes a conscious effort to foster a culture of reusing and recycling. We knew that these machines could be of further use to another organization and are happy to see them all find new homes,” she said.
The availability of the hardware was announced through the local Northern California Association of Nonprofits (NorCAN) nonprofit email list and within a couple of hours, the Hospice Outreach department received several inquiries from interested organizations. The first to respond were Carly Robbins, development director at Food for People, and Heidi Benzonelli, board president of the Westside Community Improvement Association (Jefferson Park Community Center).
For Jefferson, the donation of the desktop computers, each with a keyboard and mouse, will be used to help upgrade the existing computer lab and make possible the development of their Career Technical Education Program for Teens.
When the computer donation was announced, Food for People had just lost one of its computers and was grateful for the new systems and to avoid additional expense of replacing the equipment.
“We were very pleased to know that the donation for our retired hardware will benefit both of these wonderful organizations,” said Hospice Chief Executive Officer Joe Rogers.
Hospice of Humboldt has been serving families locally for 40 years, has a staff of 108 employees and works with 121 volunteers. Hospice provided end of life care to 625 patients last year. For more information on Hospice of Humboldt services, visit www.hospiceofhumboldt.org.