Wednesday, June 01, 2005

Business Bank Donates Computers


LAS VEGAS - Business Bank of Nevada announced that it has donated $5,000 worth of computer equipment to The Center for Independent Living and the I Have A Dream Foundation as part of its on-going in-kind donation program. This program identifies in-kind resources throughout the Bank, such as computers and other office equipment, which can be donated to nonprofit groups and at-risk schools throughout the Bank's service area.

The computer equipment that the Bank donated to these two Las Vegas-based nonprofit groups consisted of 10 Windows-based IBM hard drives and monitors, as well as other computer accessories such as a mouse and key board for each machine, and corresponding cables. A few of the computers also had zip drives for processing and downloading larger files. All of the computers have CD-ROM and floppy disk drive capabilities.

''There are a lot of ways that companies can help nonprofit groups other than just through monetary donations," said Larry Charlton, executive vice president and chief operations officer of Business Bank, and who also serves as chairman of the board for United Way of Southern Nevada. "As a small company we're not able to write the more sizeable donation checks like the larger companies, but we can provide in-kind donations and volunteer assistance to these organizations, which in many cases is more meaningful."

Charlton added that in-kind donations and human resources have become valuable commodities for nonprofit groups and a great way for smaller companies to get involved in the community. In 2003, Business Bank was the first small company to receive the Governor's Points of Light Award in the Corporate Category for community service and volunteer outreach. This distinction was the result of the Bank's 75 employees providing nearly 1,000 hours of volunteer assistance to numerous community and nonprofit groups throughout Nevada.

The Center for Independent Living is a nonprofit agency that helps homeless youth with living arrangements and completing the necessary requirements to receive a high school diploma. This organization, which is located at 1417 North Las Vegas Boulevard and Foremaster Lane, plans to use the Bank's computer equipment to further enhance the educational programs that it offers to its clients. Last August, Bank employees also helped this nonprofit group with the renovation of their facility by adopting four rooms and outfitting them with tables and chairs, bedding, towels and toiletry items.

The I Have A Dream Foundation says it will also use the Bank's equipment to bolster educational programs that help disadvantaged kids become better students. Located at 3773 Howard Hughes Parkway, on the third Floor, this nonprofit group recently opened the Dreamer Station Learning Center that helps participants improve their skills in operating a computer and learning the various software programs. These computers will provide vital assistance for the Dreamers' homework assignments and research.

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