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					To Our Fellow Corporate Citizens and Partners in Sustainability and
Environmental Stewardship;
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!:
CORPS is most recently partnering with Unitec Recycling Corporation of West
Chicago, IL 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
citizens and,
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:
                                                                                                                                E.A. MacKay Enterprises, Wednesday, November 11, 2009 Page 15

                      Jane Charmelo
              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.” 
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 

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.

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