SeniorNet Receives $122,500 "Cy Pres" Award
In 2010, Los Angeles Attorney David C. Parisi selected SeniorNet to receive a "Cy Pres" Award of $122,500, part of a $11.5 Million settlement. See "Award Tab" for more details.
“We couldn’t be more thrilled to see our people use computers to enhance their quality of life. We also want to thank the volunteer tutors who give selflessly of their time to teach our tribe members – young and old. What the online world has to offer will be enlightening” said Fawn Sharp, chief of the Quinault Indian Nation.
Joe Hesketh of Bellevue has been named the 2014 King County volunteer of the year for RSVP, the Retired Senior Volunteer Program. The award was presented Feb. 8 at A Day at the Symphony in Benaroya Hall.
Hesketh was nominated by the local SeniorNet of Puget Sound Computer Learning Center and was selected from a group of nominees submitted by senior (over 55) organizations throughout King County.
Hesketh has been an active member of SeniorNet for 17 years where he has served as treasurer for 9 1/2 years. In the computer classroom, he is an informative instructor, writes own material for several classes, assists in classes and helps people with problems in computer labs.
Throughout the years he has accumulated 4,782 hours of SeniorNet service in addition to other volunteer activities including serving on many committees at Saint Louise Catholic Church; speaking for Chore, a service to help the disabled; and weekly visits to assisted living residents.
|Recyle Your Computer|
If you're looking for ways to dispose of your electronics, including laptop and desktop computers, digital cameras and mobile phones, you can find corporate take-back and recycling programs across the U.S. Some computer and office supply companies even provide monetary incentives for recyclable or working equipment. If your device works, consider giving it to a local charity or thrift store. Call first to make sure they take this type of donation. Go to Epa.gov and click Recycling and look for a link in the right column that will lead you to a list of computer recyclers. Or go directly to http://www.epa.gov/waste/conserve/materials/ecycling/donate.htm
To prevent someone from stealing personal information you may have in files or documents on your computer, just deleting your documents or reformatting your hard disk is not enough. An unscrupulous person could use a file-recovery program to restore the files you deleted. Some computer refurbishers have strict data deletion requirements. Check with the company to which you're giving your computer about their procedures. To be safe, follow the steps below to ensure that you are not making any stored information available.
First, make a copy of anything on your computer you want to keep, including all license and registration keys for software programs you have. Then, use a free, secure disk-erase program such as DBAN (do a web search for DBAN) to completely "wipe" everything from your hard disk. If you're giving your computer to be used by someone else, you'll want to reinstall an operating system after the disk is erased. If you have a CD for a version of an operating system you no longer will be using, you can install that operating system. Or, you can copy a free operating system, Linux, (at linux.com) onto a CD using another computer. Or copy it to a CD before you erase the computer you're giving away.