OG&E disposes of its outdated and surplus computers by making them available to non-profit entities, according to Dean Pollock, OG&E manager for community affairs in the Durant area. OG&E rotates its computers on a regular basis and the old ones are available every year.
Applications for the computers are distributed to United Way chapters. Pamela Robinson, administrator of Bryan County United Way, distributed the applications to local agencies.
All non-profit entities are eligible although the computer must be used for a specific project.
Completed applications were then sent to United Way of Central Oklahoma, who decided what agencies would receive the computers.
Robinson recently picked up the computers in Oklahoma City.
Agencies receiving them were: Bryan Baptist Association, two; Bryan County CASA, one; Families Feeding Families, two; Special Olympics — Red River Area 13, three; Bryan County United Way, one, and Vietnam Veterans Of America Inc. Chapter 986, two.
“I called (the agencies) and said, ‘Come get your computers,’ and they did, and they were tickled to death,” Robinson said.
In the past, the Crisis Control Center and the Durant Literacy Council have received computers through this program.
“Getting money in your budget to buy a computer is very difficult when there are so many other things that are more important,” Robinson said. “However, the way we do things today, you have to have a computer.
“To have one donated to you gives you more money in your budget to help citizens. This is a really wonderful thing that OG&E does for the non-profits in our state.”
More computers will be available next year.