AUBURN – Mechanics Savings Bank has donated the second of two shipments of old, unused computers (a total of 46 computers plus accessories) to the PC’s for Maine project, a nonprofit organization.

PC’s for Maine is a statewide public computer access and literacy project that brought approximately 2,200 low-cost personal computers to individuals and families in 2004 and 2005.

The staff and volunteers refurbish the donated commercial grade computers and make them “Internet ready” for purchase by any Maine resident at a nominal cost of $139. Scholarships are available as long as the individual’s goal is continuing education or career development, and they also offer basic computer training on CD at no additional charge.

“This is a win, win situation,” said Jennifer Lane, IT manager for Mechanics Savings Bank. “The bank has reduced its computer disposal costs to almost nothing and has given several people an opportunity to join the Internet/digital age with a low cost computer. What could be better than that?”

John J. Kannegieser, bank acting president,said, “This fits very nicely with the bank’s mission statement and long-term goals.”

For more information about the PC’s for Maine program, go to

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