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United Way Announces Recipients of IBM 2001 Technology Grants

Four local non-profit agencies will be receiving new computers as part of IBM 2001 Technology Grants. United Way of the Greater Dayton Area distributed three Young Explorer systems and two IBM NetVista A20 computers among Kinship of South Dayton, Wesley Community Center, YMCA of Dayton Child Care Services, and YWCA of Dayton Child Care.

"The Young Explorer computers are a wonderful addition to our childcare program," said Mike Parks, President and CEO of the YMCA of Metropolitan Dayton. "Thanks to the generosity of IBM and the United Way, children who wouldn't normally have access to computers will become comfortable using them as learning tools."

In order to be eligible for the computers, agencies have to provide services in youth education opportunities/early learning programs, community and family services, support for the disabled/disadvantaged, adult services, and/or youth development programs.

Nationally IBM donated 1,500 Young Explorer systems, which include the IBM NetVista A20 computer with a Celeron 566 MHz processor, 15" color monitor, CD-ROM, Little Tykes desk, software and accessories. Also included are specially developed educational materials for teachers as part of a program called the IBM KidSmart Early Learning Program.

Additionally, IBM donated more than 1,000 IBM Net Vista A20 PC's with a Celeron 566 MHz processor, 64 MB total memory, CD-ROM, 1.44 MB diskette, 10 gig hard disk drive, 17" color processor, 15" color monitor, keyboard, Windows 98 installed and a Lotus SmartSuite Millenium.