Related link: http://childrensartnetwork.homedns.org
I don’t normally ask for help, as I prefer to give it. You won’t find Pay Pal links in my blogs, there are no Amazon wish lists, but this is a situation where all I can do is make an appeal. In fact, we’re not asking for a penny, but you can still help.
You Could Make A Difference
My wife, Dana, recently became the Director of a non-profit organization called The Children’s Art Network (C.A.N.). It serves thousands of children each year in the Shenandoah Valley, by bringing art programs to schools who always get those programs cut at the State and Federal level. It was founded 11 years ago by our friend Brenda Papke, who unfortunately lost her battle with cancer last year.
Due to Brenda’s illness, she was unable to apply for the grants that help keep the network afloat. My wife had been a volunteer for the network for the past three years and the board unanimously voted to have her take over the mantle and responsibility of saving C.A.N. However, when she took over, we realized they were not only facing a budget crisis, but a technology crisis as well. In fact to make photocopies, the receptionist has to drive 6 miles.
They currently have no usable computing gear (their one Dell is ready for pasture). So I donated a lot of my personal gear, time, and software…including one of two iBooks I plan to donate (one now and the other, once I can afford a new PowerBook).
Well this morning my wife fell and injured herself (she’s okay)…and the clamshell iBook I donated now has a cracked screen and cannot be used. The replacement cost of the screen alone is more than it is worth. We’re not asking for one penny…but are looking for some folks who might help, out there in the blogosphere, to turn those lemons into some lemonade. I don’t have the money to repair the machine (and not asking for any), but I could use a little word of mouth.
What We Need
If you have ANY Apple gear capable of running OS X or possibly a working replacement screen for an Apple clamshell iBook, we would not only be eternally greatful, but you’d get a great tax deduction.
Not only does the administration of C.A.N. need computers, but C.A.N. would like to introduce computer art into classrooms as well. So, we’ll take whatever you can give, as long as it doesn’t require a lot of money to repair or get running. I’m willing to dedicate some sweat and spare parts if that is all it needs.
For more information or to help out, please follow this link.
If you don’t have any gear to donate you can still help by getting the word out on your blogs.