Tuesday, December 25, 2012
Disabled veteran Telisha Claiborne, three children received furniture for new home, Christmas gifts.
It’s a cheerful Christmas this year for a Dumfries woman and her three children thanks to the efforts of a group of Alexandrians who pitched in to make the holiday special for the family. The idea started when Steven Champagne and Jeffrey Beaudoin, the owners of The Lounge, a restaurant and bar at Washington Suites Hotel in West End Alexandria, were talking about wanting do something for a family in need for Christmas. “We said, ‘Hey look, we’re not going to exchange Christmas gifts this year,” Beaudoin said. “Let’s just donate.” They were joined by some friends and patrons at the bar, who agreed that instead of giving each other gifts this year, they would pitch in to make Christmas special for a veteran’s family in need, said Taylor Ham…
Tuesday, October 9, 2012
ServiceSource program on Edsall Road provides refurbished computers at a low cost while employing people with disabilities.
Western Alexandria is home to a program that employs workers with disabilities to recycle and refurbish used computers while making a contribution to the community as a whole. ServiceSource, a leading national disability resource nonprofit with an Alexandria location on Edsall Road, has operated the “Keep IT Green” program since 2001 but has increased the program’s capacity since then by not only recycling computers, but putting salvageable units back together, loading software and selling the computers at a reduced price to local schools. All parts are recycled, sold to vendors or refurbished into new computers, and no waste enters local landfills. The program employs 48 workers. ServiceSource General Manager Gabe Rubalcava, oversees the …
ServiceSouce helps orders with disabilities by providing them with jobs recycling and refurbishing computers
Patch recently visited ServiceSource on Edsall Road, where workers with disabilities are earning a living by recycling a refurbishing computers through the “Keep IT Green” program. None of the computers components enter the landfill. They are recycled, sold to vendors or made into new, lost-cost computers, which are sold to local schools. Currently, 48 people are employed in the “Keep IT Green” program. Read an article about the program here.