To Our Fellow Corporate Citizens and Partners in Sustainability and
Chaplains Organized Response to Ptsd (post traumatic stress disorder ) affecting
Service personnel or CORPS, is an inter-faith based service organization established
in 2007 to meet the growing needs of service men and women as they return from
war zones in Iraq and Afghanistan. Our organization also seeks to meet the needs of
families of those deployed currently as this outreach has proven effective in the
development of relationships of trust, an important factor in offering services to
those affected by PTSD. CORPS began an outreach to families of deployed troops
through the ‘Blue Star Flag program ( in partnership with Grantham University in
2009 ) See Us!: www.mybluestarflag.com
CORPS is most recently partnering with Unitec Recycling Corporation of West
Chicago, IL www.unitecrecyclingcorp.com to provide refurbished computer
equipment to veterans of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring
Freedom (Iraq/Afghanistan War) to assist in their reintegration back to productive
and happy civilian life, as well as families of those deployed who need upgraded
equipment to better enable them to maintain contact with their loved ones serving
Our country in uniform. See Press Release:
Our Proposal For Your Company
If your company is concerned about proper disposal of computers and related
equipment as good e-stewards and are dedicated to green policies and,
If your company supports our troops and seeks to become patriotic corporate
If your company is committed to green sustainability through resource re-use
and reinvestment in public sectors in need then,
you should talk to us the IT Soldiers & Families Support program.
Here’s how it works:
When you are ready to dispose of your used, out dated or end of cycle computers and
related equipment, contact UNITEC RECYCLING CORPORATION who will recover
the equipment, inventory them, eradicate all proprietary data using effective, up to
date methods and determine which machines have a refurbishable value. We will
then arrange for an administrative processing fee to make them reusable to our
soldiers IT support program through CORPS. We will even help your company
receive recognition for your donation via press releases ’s or other available media
exposure should you desire.
See more about corporate recycling for charities at Tech Soup:
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OUT AND ABOUT
Soldiers, families benefit from partnerships equipment but cannot make the
We all know that the “three the computers’ viability and make
R’s”—reduce, reuse, recycle—are upgrades as warranted. purchases due to budget constraints.
good practices for the environment, “Jeff is donating the skilled He added that he is targeting those
and now, those measures are being labor,” the bishop continued, adding organizations which do not receive
targeted toward armed forces that his friend will start by erasing any government funding.
personnel and their families. hard drives, and then upgrade The bishop said he has contacted
Catholic bishop Msgr. Robert hardware and software as necessary. a VFW in Lisle, and is also looking
Cokinis, who heads a veterans- Pointec has also donated his time to help outfit the American Legion
assistance organization called to transport equipment as well, he Post #391 in Lombard, where he is
Chaplains’ Organized Response to added. the chaplain.
PTSD affecting Service personnel, The bishop said that so far, about “We’re locating people as we go
or CORPS, explained that the non- 100 machines have been donated but along,” Cokinis related.
profit group will be getting “I don’t know if [they] all are Pointec said that just as Unitec’s
refurbished computer equipment to refurbishable.” donations of computer equipment
be distributed to the families of At the same time, “We’re hoping “helped them [CORPS] get off the
service personnel who may not to give [them] out by the holidays,” ground,” so will the donations of
otherwise be able to afford it. he said. refurbished computer equipment to
Photo courtesy of Unitec Recycling Corp.
He outlined that CORPS has a WHEN LIKEMINDED individuals get together, good things can happen. Cokinis mentioned that a new military families.
partnership with Unitec Recycling Jeff Pointec (r.), owner and president of Unitec Recycling Corp., established Illinois law, set to take effect in “I think it’s a great thing,” added
Corp., which recently moved to West a relationship with Monsignor Robert Cokinis (l.), of CORPS, a non-profit January 2010, will require the company owner.
Chicago from Villa Park, in which veterans assistance organization, with donated computer equipment. Now, manufacturers to meet a certain For Cokinis, donating computers
the company had helped equip the with donations of used computer equipment from LifeSource Blood Centers, quota with their old (residential) is more than just providing
organization with computer Unitec will refurbish what it can and CORPS will distribute items to military machines, “to reinforce the recycling equipment to families who can’t
equipment. families and other veterans organizations, such as the Lombard American industry,” and added that the state is otherwise afford it.
In fact, quipped Unitec owner Legion Post #391, where Cokinis is chaplain and Lt. Col. Mike Bogmenko around 20th in the nation “to have Because a central focus of
(c.) is a past commander. Bogmenko, current commander at the VFW in
and president Jeff Pointec, “We keep this kind of sweeping legislation.” CORPS is to help soldiers and
Lisle, is pictured with one of the donated computers. He hopes to open up a
them up and running.” computer lab for returning veterans. He further stated that he believes veterans deal with post traumatic
The bishop said Unitec has been the computer recycling for military stress disorder (PTSD), he believes
a partner with CORPS “almost from sent for recycling. Cokinis recalled. families “fits in very well with the that preventative measures will help
the very beginning” of the fledgling Unitec also sells and donates He added that another veterans new law.” reduce the stress soldiers experience
non-profit, adding that when CORPS refurbished equipment, Pointec organization, Operation Home The bishop emphasized that this during their service, particularly
started out at a Villa Park church, added, commenting that the Front, also suggested the refurbished is a “pilot program”—what he calls while stationed overseas.
Unitec was located across the street. company serves to “keep things out computers could be donated to low- the IT Soldiers Support Project. Part of preventing that stress is to
“We became fast friends,” of landfills.” income military families. “There’s a lot we’re still trying to help provide a way for soldiers to
Cokinis added of Pointec and his Cokinis related that LifeSource The bishop noted that recruits figure out,” added Cokinis, who stay in communication with their
wife, Maryann Moorehead. Blood Centers had contacted Unitec entering the military get an stressed that he is hopeful it will be a families, the bishop said, so “one
Unitec Recycling Corp. conducts about donating their “end of cycle allowance to purchase computers successful and cooperative effort, not
way we can [help] is by doing things
a number of services, from asset obsolete computers for recycling and (typically a laptop because of its just between CORPS and Unitec, but
for their families.”
liquidation and equipment removal possible reuse,” with a requirement portability), but families left behind with other companies and businesses
Being able to e-mail and
to the disassembling and that the equipment go to non-profit may not be able to purchase who wish to donate their used
remarketing of computer equipment, communicate via computer “helps
organizations. computers that will allow them to equipment.
as well as waste prevention and “Jeff turned to me and said, ‘This keep in touch. “I’m planning to contact businesses them to know their families are all
computer repair, among other might be something that could help Cokinis said of LifeSource that that have a record of donating to troops right,” he added.
functions. CORPS,’’ and an idea was born to they chose Unitec because the and veterans organizations,” he For more information about
Pointec said his company offer the computer equipment to company had worked with Pointec continued, and hopefully, “They may donating computer equipment, visit
remanufactures usable computer families of soldiers serving in the past, so “they felt comfortable want to step in and support it.” email@example.com.
equipment and electronics, and in overseas—who could not otherwise about how Jeff handles the machines Additionally, Cokinis is looking For more information about
some cases, dismantles them and afford it—so that loved ones could in terms of the safety of data.” to assist other veterans organizations CORPS, send an e-mail to
sells parts. The unusable items are keep in contact with one another, He stated that Pointec will assess needing more up-to-date computer firstname.lastname@example.org.
Decorations to spread cheer beyond holidays
One could describe the Lombard neighbors think of his expression of
home of Frank La Gambina, as holiday spirit, La Gambina said they
“flashy,” but that’s only because he are “OK with it,” and added that he
decorates to the limits with lights talks to them ahead of time about his
and animation. plans.
In fact, if you passed the home at “They love looking out their
251 N. Fairfield last Christmas, you window and seeing it,” he added.
could watch the illuminations La Gambina said that when
“dance” to music playing on your passersby tune in to 107.3 FM, they
car radio. will also hear a message from him
This year will be similar, but with between songs that reminds them he
a different twist—La Gambina is is collecting donations for the Make-
hoping that people respond to his A-Wish Foundation.
electronic entertainment with a The special donation box he will
donation to the Make-A-Wish have secured outside will light up
Foundation. during the message, according to La
La Gambina said he has friends Gambina.
around the country “who do similar His message will also include
things,” and he decided to give it a something to the effect of “Please be
try to raise money for an kind and courteous to the
organization he says is “one of the neighbors,” he noted.
Photo courtesy of Frank La Gambina
charities I feel really needs the help.” As for the Make-A-Wish
THE HOUSE AT 251 N. Fairfield will not only be illuminated by over 90,000 lights, but will “dance” to music
He said that while “they rely a lot Foundation, La Gambina said the
broadcast on 107.3 FM on the car radio. Homeowner Frank La Gambina decorates the house each year, but this
on corporate donations”—such as organization was happy to be the
year, he is also taking donations for the Make-A-Wish Foundation. A special donation box will be located along the
Disney donating passes to its theme beneficiary of the donations he
holiday display, which will run in the evenings from Nov. 26 through Jan. 3, 2010, at intervals starting at 6 p.m.
parks—“a lot of what they need is hopes will reach $10,000.
cash based.” watching them,” he chuckled, and Obviously, “this year’s plan is significantly boost his electric bill. “One hundred percent of the
La Gambina said he has lived in added that he uses a computer already set,” added La Gambina. He gets help from family and proceeds are going to them,” he
his house for seven years, and that program to coordinate the music, He said his background as a friends to create the annual display, emphasized, and added of the Make-
“when I first started [decorating], I lights and animation. general contractor comes in handy “I actually built myself a garage A-Wish Foundation, “They were
had a couple of strings of lights and La Gambina explained that for when doing the electrical work, and in the spring” to store all the ecstatic about it.”
it keeps getting bigger.” each three-minute song—he uses figures it will take about two-and-a- components, including a 24-foot tree The light display will run from
It was just last year that La nine or ten—it takes about 40 hours half weeks to complete the display. he constructed that contains over Nov. 26 through Jan. 3, 2010. The
Gambina added a new dimension to to write the program, and added that La Gambina added that he 24,000 lights,” La Gambina said. light show will begin with lights-on
his holiday display, where people with the concert-style software, estimates there will be about a mile- “It’s an amazing piece by itself,” only at 5 p.m. every day, with the
could tune in to 107.3 FM on the car “You can tell each strand when to go and-a-half of extension cords and he related modestly. animated display cycling every half
radio and listen to music timed with on and off.” over 90,000 lights—about 20,000 This year the holiday display will hour starting at 6 p.m. and lasting
the lights and animation. Because the work is so time- more than last year—but noted that also include 30 6-foot trees and until 10 p.m. Sunday through
“I had people sitting out in front consuming, he starts preparing his with about 95 percent of them being some 10 1/2-foot candy canes. Thursday, and until 11 p.m. Friday
of my house for 20 minutes programs around April. LED, the display doesn’t When asked about what his and Saturday.