Network links unite entities as groups donate computers to Sequim’s Shipley Center

By Patricia Morrison Coate

Olympic Peninsula News Group

SEQUIM — It’s been said it’s not what you know, it’s who you know, and who they know and who they know — networking at its best.

Earlier this year, a four-link chain was forged, and the end result was seven refurbished computers for Sequim’s Shipley Center.

Who helped

The players were the Peninsula Credit Union in Port Townsend, the Sequim PC Users Group, Sequim Sunrise Rotary Club and Shipley Center, Sequim’s senior center. SPCUG is a nonprofit that refurbishes outdated computers and gives them to other nonprofits, and occasionally individuals.

Jim Hurley, a longtime SPCUG member, explained the process.

“I had contacted the Peninsula Credit Union a long time ago and told them what we do here — I’ve known the manager of the Port Townsend branch since 2009,” Hurley said.

“He put me in touch with their IT [information technology] guy a year ago. They’d already donated seven or eight computers to us and contacted me, saying they had more to give us.”

Michelle Rhodes, development program director at Shipley Center, put the word out to SPCUG that “maintaining our old computers was becoming problematic.”

SPCUG volunteer Joe Mirabella was the lead on the refurbishing project, with other club volunteers assisting. The club is a registered Microsoft refurbisher, one of just a few in Washington, which allows it to purchase its software and licensing at a greatly reduced rate.

“The Shipley Center, as a nonprofit, also has access to software at a significantly reduced price through Tech Soup,” Rhodes said.

Before donating the computers, the Peninsula Credit Union pulled out all the hard drives to ensure its customers’ privacy. SPCUG took the Dell machines and put in new 240 gigabyte solid state hard drives, 8 gigabytes of RAM memory and Windows 10.

Donated nearly $1,000

Tom LaMure, the club’s president,…

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