Couric appeared at U.Va.'s surplus property depot last week
to launch a new program she shepherded through the legislative
process that allows state agencies to donate computers to
tax-exempt charities and public schools.
charities receive first surplus computer donations
local organizations became the first to benefit from a new state
law that allows the University to donate computers and other surplus
property to public schools and tax-exempt charities.
officials presented The Entrepreneurial Village, The Senior Center,
Computers 4 Kids and Piedmont Works with approximately 50 personal
computers on Aug. 23 at the surplus property depot on Millmont
Road. The computers were relatively new; most came from student
"We're taking resources that may not have been fully utilized
and getting them out into the community where they are needed,"
said David Kalergis, the director of University of Virginia Gateway,
who received 20 PCs on behalf of the Entrepreneurial Village.
Some of them will be given to an NAACP computer program, with
the rest likely headed for the Grove Street Technology Center.
Works, a program to move people from welfare rolls to payrolls,
received 10 Pentium computers. They will be used in an 18-week
work skills training program, and then given to the participants
to take home with them, said program manager Candace Rowland.
"You hear a lot about bridging the technology gap, and this
certainly does that," she said. State Sen. Emily Couric sponsored
the legislation in the 2000 General Assembly that enables such
donations to take place. Previously, almost all surplus property
-- after being offered to other state agencies -- was sold at
the legislation, which took effect July 1, state agencies may
donate a percentage of their used property to public schools,
and to charitable corporations granted tax-exempt status under
section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Service code that serve
persons with disabilities, at-risk youth, and low-income families.
is one of my favorite bills I have ever sponsored," said
Couric, who attended the event. "This legislation is a good
example of a partnership between the community, legislators and
a state agency."
donations could amount to about $60,000 worth of equipment annually,
said Eric Denby, U.Va.'s director of procurement
University is currently finalizing a policy allowing organizations
to apply for the surplus property. In addition, a mailing is going
out to area public schools to make them aware of the equipment's
availability, Denby said.
may designate some of their surplus property for donation, rather
than sale, by marking a box on an online form, Denby said. Areas
providing computers for the first donations included the president's
office, Information Technology and Communications and the budget
For information, contact Denby at 924-4019 or e-mail him at email@example.com.