NARROWSBURG – The Norcross Wild life Foundation awarded a $2,500 grant to the Upper Delaware Council, Inc. (UDC) to assist in upgrading its outdated computers. “This appreciated funding is a great help toward improving the productivity and efficiency of our environmental conservation organization,” said UDC Executive Director Laurie Ramie.
Norcross Wildlife Foundation, Inc.’s grant-seeking constituency is primarily the grassroots community of non-profit organizations whose “tool-kit” needs are modest, specific, immediate, and often difficult to address by other funders.
Due to 24 years of static federal support challenged by the ever-escalating cost of daily operations, the UDC had not been able to keep up with its technological needs.
The Council applied to replace four desktop computers dating back to 2004 that suffered from debilitating speed and functionality. In addition to using the Windows XP operating system, software for critical programs such as maintaining the UDC’s website and producing “The Upper Delaware” newsletter was outdated; and keyboards, monitors, speakers, and printers had been saved from prior computers or obtained through piecemeal surplus means.
Following the grant’s approval, the UDC board approved an additional allocation in its FY 2012 budget to invest in the equipment upgrade project.
The Council contracted with Chorba Consulting, Inc. of Beach Lake, PA to purchase four commercial-grade Dell personal computers and peripherals. Installation took place on August 7-8.
The Upper Delaware Council was established in 1988 to oversee the coordination and implementation of the River Management Plan for the Upper Delaware Scenic and Recreational River in partnership with the National Park Service.
Its members are the two states (New York and Pennsylvania) and 13 local towns and townships that border on the 1978 Congressionally-designated river, and the Delaware River Basin Commission, who appoint representatives to serve on the Council.
The work of the cooperative partnership is supported by a full-time professional staff of three based at the UDC’s office located at 211 Bridge St. in Narrowsburg, NY.
For more information on the organization and its activities, please call (845) 252-3022 or visit www.upperdelawarecouncil.org.