Volunteers Target Computer Viruses

October 28, 2002
| By Katy Rent |
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GRAND RAPIDS — Friday is the day all computer viruses should hide.

In its never-ending battle to wipe out viruses on nonprofit organizations’ computers, NPower Michigan is gearing up for its second annual “virus vaccination day” on Nov. 1.

NPower Michigan was founded to help nonprofits achieve their missions by integrating the appropriate use of technology into their day-to-day work and direct service delivery. Established in 1999 through the Microsoft and NPower National Partnership, Npower focuses on nonprofits around the country.

Teams of volunteers in both Grand Rapids and Ann Arbor will be venturing out to more than 40 nonprofits between the hours of noon and 5 p.m. All nonprofits, except for schools and places of worship, in Grand Rapids, Ann Arbor and each city’s surrounding areas are eligible to participate.

Volunteers in Grand Rapids will gather at Grand Rapids Community Media Center at noon to take part in a lesson on installing Norton Anti-Virus Software, which was donated by Symantec. They will then head out to their assigned nonprofit agencies — 18 in all — to “inoculate” computers one at a time.

The registration has closed for agencies to sign up this year, but NPower is still looking for volunteers to work with agencies’ computers. There are currently 20 volunteers ready to assist.

Computer viruses, like their human counterparts, come in all forms and degrees of malignancy, from ones that are just annoying to ones that are terminal for hard drives or entire networks.

Nonprofit agencies that have currently signed up include Senior Neighbors, Volunteer Center of Battle Creek, HIV/AIDS Services Inc., Association for the Blind & Visually Impaired, Grand Rapids Community Media Center, Citizens for Better Care, Grand Rapids REACH, Grand Rapids Youth Commonwealth, South End Community Outreach Ministries (SECOM), Visual Arts Center of West Michigan, Greenville Area Senior Center, Rest Haven Homes, Lowell Area Arts Council, DEAF, The Other Way Ministries, Newaygo East Community Organization, Baldwin Family Health Care and City Vision and Lighthouse Communities in Grand Rapids.           

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