Smith College donates computers to Dakin Humane Society

Published: 10/6/2016 2:15:04 AM

NORTHAMPTON – People interested in donating to the Dakin Humane Society often think of the obvious – leashes, dog food, puppy pads and other pet-centric items. 

But the Springfield-based animal shelter is often in need of other items as well, including technology, all of which is obtained through donations. That’s why Smith College’s recent gift of over a dozen computers and related equipment was particularly helpful, spokeswoman Lee Chambers said.

“This kind of donation is so great for us because we’re 100 percent self-supporting,” she said. “Everything is always welcome.”

Smith donated the electronics through its Town Gown Technology Donation program, which offers nonprofits its used equipment for free. Since July 1, Northampton High School, CitySpace in Easthampton and LightHouse in Holyoke are among the organizations that have received such donations.

“I’m happy to note that this year, every organization that has requested a donation has either received it or is on our waiting list,” Samuel A. Masinter, Smith’s associate vice president for college relations, said in an email. “We’re proud to support this program, which has existed since at least the early 1990s, as a way to benefit nonprofit partners in the community.”

Chambers said the Smith donations allowed Dakin to upgrade some old and very overused equipment. “We were so grateful to Smith for this,” she said. “Our budget is just strained and it’s tough to stretch our resources.”

Nonprofits can request Smith technology donations at

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