IBM Computers Donated Through T4T Chicago Stimulate Education

Child’s Play Touring Theater recently received two IBM computers through the Teaming4 Technology program (T4T).  T4T provides technology services to Chicago nonprofits by connecting local IT professionals looking to donate time or resources to health and human service programs. Child’s Play, a Chicago nonprofit dedicated exclusively to performing works written by children is using its computers to provide more efficient day-to-day operations and outreach to the community with educational programs. One of the desktop computers will generate the theater’s yearly creativity certificates. The new computers are more efficient, faster, have more storage capability. They have cut the work of printing tens of thousands of certificates in half. Additionally, the computer provides Internet access which allows regular updates to the organization’s social networking initiative. “As a nonprofit, our computer equipment was very old. When T4T gave us the IBM desktops, we were able to do so much more than what we had been doing previously and in nearly half the time,” said June Podagrosi, program director. The second IBM desktop is being used to create videos that will showcase the theater’s work. “Our team takes turns to create the videos and our interns are burning DVD’s for the campers and their parents. We are very grateful for these robust IBM computers,” said Podagrosi. United Way agency partners are encouraged to sign up for regularly scheduled free T4T workshops. In December you’re invited to attend: Computer Maintenance WorkshopA Basic Overview of Good and Easy Practices December 7, 9 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. December 14, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. United Way of Metro Chicago, 560 W. Lake Street, Chicago Areas to be covered include: – Basic Preventive Computer Maintenance – Navigating around Internet Explorer 8 – How do you know if your computer is inflected? Tools to keep your computer safe – Alternative Applications at Lower Cost – Capturing audience information Reservations are required and space is limited. Participants are eligible to win a free desktop computer courtesy of IBM. To RSVP, send an email to