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Donors provide technology upgrades to Peacemakers

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Manny Williams, Peacemakers behavior specialist and after school coordinator, works with new Google Chromebooks at the charging station, both donated by First Presbyterian Church of Rocky Mount.

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From Contributed Reports

Thursday, January 5, 2017

Peacemakers has upgraded technology available to South Rocky Mount residents thanks to the support of The Longleaf Fund and First Presbyterian Church of Rocky Mount.

The Longleaf Fund, through its Seeds of Hope grant program, awarded capital grants in select cities in North and South Carolina in order to strengthen the character and achievement of children and youth, while encouraging communities to reach higher and create opportunities for a brighter future. The Seeds of Hope grant provided generous support to help fund the refurbishment of Peacemakers' computer lab which serves students and adults on a daily basis.

Peacemakers features an open-access 14-unit Windows-based computer lab that is open to anyone six days per week. Neighborhood children use the lab to work on school work, while many adults utilize the lab for completing online job applications. First Presbyterian Church of Rocky Mount recently donated 12 Google Chromebooks for the lab along with a charging station for the laptops that will allow the organization to extend the technology throughout the center.

"As a nonprofit organization, we operate on a lean budget and are grateful for the generosity of so many partnering organizations who understand the importance of our programs and services," Peacemakers Executive Director Jesse Lewis said. "Without the funding from grants, corporations and private donors, we would not be able to serve the needs of South Rocky Mount."

Peacemakers is a Christian community development organization serving the under-resourced area of South Rocky Mount with a mission to empower members of the community with the knowledge and skills necessary to lead successful and sustainable lives. Peacemakers and the Peacemakers Thrift Store are located at 1725 Davis St. in Rocky Mount. For more information or to schedule a tour, visit rockymountpeacemakers.org or call 252.212.5044.

Manny Williams, Peacemakers behavior specialist and after school coordinator, works with new Google Chromebooks at the charging station, both donated by First Presbyterian Church of Rocky Mount.

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