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July 22, 2009 > E-waste fundraiser Saturday benefits at-risk youths

E-waste fundraiser Saturday benefits at-risk youths

By Miriam G. Mazliach

Dominic D. Dutra, President and CEO of Dutra Cerro Graden, a commercial real estate and land development company, was bothered by the lack of activities for the youth in the area around his church, Centerville Presbyterian. So he decided to get involved and start an after-school youth basketball program for at-risk kids.

"Our church is located next to a tough area which has had crime issues and gang activity. I thought getting the young people, ages 13 to 17 off the street, with an after school basketball program, would be a good idea. Many come from homes with single parents who work long hours."

Assisting Dutra, who coaches the group, are his wife Lisa Dutra and Dawn Tschaen, helping with administration of the program. "The church has an indoor gym and nice courts for the 15 to 20 kids who regularly participate," says Dutra.

Trying to raise funds to send the after-school youth kids to camp, Dutra has organized an E-waste fundraiser scheduled for this Saturday, July 25. By partnering with C & T Recycling Corporation, he hopes to raise $1,000 for their efforts.

Young Life, a Christian youth ministry, which operates Woodleaf Camp agreed to contribute by offering a $1,000 sponsorship to help the at-risk kids attend their camp. According to Dutra, he has already raised $2,500 and hopes to increase that total through the E-waste fundraising event.

Charles Landmesser of C & T Recycling of San Leandro states, "We are pleased to do this as a fundraiser and help the environment, the organization and the community. It also gets the word out about recycling and helps us grow our business."

Most items can be dropped off for appropriate recycling, free of charge. Certain items such as: printers, copies, stereos and DVD players will have a charge of $5 for disposal. Microwave ovens will have a $15 disposal fee as they contain hazardous PCBs, which require special handling.

"We will also take special care with CPUs (computer processing units). Because of concerns over personal data, we will remove and smash the hard drive in front of you, if you request it, says Landmesser."

The after-school youth program will receive 50 percent of the proceeds from the E-waste recycling day, from which they hope to raise enough funds to send all the kids to camp.

E-Waste Fundraiser for After-School Youth
Saturday, July 25
9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Centerville Presbyterian Church
4360 Central Avenue, Fremont
Contact Dominic Dutra (510) 366-9931
C &T Recycling Corporation (510) 590-7510

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