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University To Give Computers To Local Charities On Aug. 23

August 17, 2000 -- Four local organizations will be the first beneficiaries of a new state law that allows the University of Virginia to donate computers and other surplus property to public schools and tax-exempt charities.

On Aug. 23 at 9:30 a.m., University officials and representatives of The Entrepreneurial Village, The Senior Center, Computers 4 Kids and Piedmont Works will be on hand at the University’s surplus property facility on Millmont Road to formally turn over approximately 70 personal computers to those organizations.

Also attending will be state Sen. Emily Couric, who sponsored the legislation in the 2000 General Assembly that enables such donations to take place. Previously, surplus property – after being offered to other state agencies – was sold at public auction. Under the legislation, which became law July 1, the University may now donate a percentage of its 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.

"My constituents made it clear to me that there were many worthy organizations that needed donated computers," Couric said. "The University indicated that it had computers to give away."

The donations could amount to about $60,000 worth of equipment annually, said Eric Denby, U.Va’s director of procurement services.

The 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.

Those who wish to inquire about the surplus property should contact Denby at (804) 924-4019 or e-mail him at end@virginia.edu.

Contact: Dan Heuchert, (804) 924-7676

FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: please contact the Office of University Relations at (804) 924-7116. Television reporters should contact the TV News Office at (804) 924-7550.
SOURCE: U.Va. News Services

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