Aaron Durland, Brandi Crye and Nat
The Lane Computer Recycling Project, a non-profit corporation, seeks donations of Pentium class computers to be refurbished and given away to low-income Lane County residents. "We've given out 40 computers this year so far," says LCRP's Brandi Crye. "Our goal for the year is 50." LCRP was founded in December of 2001 by Crye, who serves as secretary, along with Aaron Durland, president, and resident "technomancer" Nat (who goes by one name only, and is too camera-shy to be pictured). All three grew up in Eugene. "We average 40 to 50 hours per week between the three of us," Durland notes. A techie since the early 80s, Nat began refurbishing computers as volunteer "lending librarian" for Oregon Public Networking. There he trained OPN voluteers Crye and Durland. "I was terrified of computers," Crye admits. "Now I'm studying for a degree in computer science." When pilferage became a problem at OPN, the trio departed to continue the good work on their own. "I filed with the state," Durland says. "It was a lengthy process -- we paid a $500 fee." For information on how to donate or receive a computer, visit LCRP online at <lcrp.home.comcast.net>.