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PRESS RELEASE: Open House and Celebration Dinner

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Contact: Ethan A. Young
Cell: (503)260-9689

Non-profits, government agencies and community organizations come together to provide job skills and computer training for the blind.

NextStep Recycling and the Greater Salem Technology Equity Project (GSTEP) donated three blind-accessible computer systems set up with free, open-source software to Sunnyside Organics.

Sunnyside Organics will host an open house on Thursday, October 11, 2012 at its River Street Training Center (105 River St. NE) from noon until 5:30pm, where people can visit and see the new computer lab.

Sunnyside Organics will also hold a private Appreciation Dinner event on October 11, 6:00 pm, at Gamberetti’s Restaurant in Salem as a thank you to the people involved in this project.  The dinner will feature local foods grown by clients of Sunnyside Organics.

Sunnyside Organics is a horticultural therapy non-profit based in Salem.  Oregon Commission for the Blind partners with Sunnyside Organics to deliver vocational training and rehabilitation to blind clients.

GSTEP makes donated information technology accessible to individuals, families and organizations in need in the Greater Salem area, using free, open-source software.

NextStep Recycling is a comprehensive technology recycling non-profit based in Eugene.  NextStep mentors GSTEP and provided the computer hardware for the project.  GSTEP and NextStep believe that “reuse is the new recycle!”

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For more information about this topic, or to schedule an interview, please call Ethan Young at (503)260-9689, or email Ethan at: Additional contact options are: Cynthia Lester (Sunnyside Organics), (503)302-6917, email:; and Deborah Marinos (Oregon Commission for the Blind), (503)378 6836, email:


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