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Edmonton Donation Day

Donating laptops to organizations who donate their time!

This week we ventured up to Edmonton to personally donate 11 laptops to two amazing causes. The first organization is known as Children's Autism Services of Edmonton. This organization is a non-profit organization providing services to children with autism and other developmental disorders. They provide a range of services and supports for families. They have dedicated, dynamic and qualified professionals providing family centred programming.  Through specialized services, the children and families in their organization experience high levels of success and continue to meet and exceed their goals.  Families are supported and empowered with strategies that will help them cope and prepare them for the future. If you wish to learn more about the organization, please follow the link: http://www.childrensautism.ca/ Children Autism Services of Edmonton   Our next stop was to the University of Alberta where we met with Michael Frishkopf, Professor of Ethnomusicology. He will be travelling to Uganda to volunteer his time teaching children about music. This laptop will help him provide a deeper insight into music and it's genres. We wish him all the best on his journey. Michael frishkopf If you wish to receive a donation, please apply through our online application. https://www.era.ca/computer-recycling-apply-for-a-donation/
Southcentre Mall – Kicking off Waste Reduction Week!

Southcentre Mall - Leading by Example

National Waste Reduction Week (WRW) takes place from October 16th through to October 22nd. WRW is a week where we concentrate primarily on the importance of reducing waste, improving the efficiency of resources and introducing how important it is to become a circular economy. To kick off WRW we have decided to partner with Southcentre Mall for a collection event. Drop by Southcentre Mall on October 14th, 2017 between 10 am – 3 pm and start your spring cleaning by disposing of your unwanted electronics safely and securely! October is the month for waste reduction and the perfect time to think about reducing your electronic waste and the negative impact it has on our environment. Join us in our mission! Southcentre Mall Collection   If you are in need of a pickup click here or have any other inquiries please do not hesitate to contact us [email protected]. For more information on Southcentre Mall, please follow the link: https://www.southcentremall.com/
ERA Helps a Foster Parent Receive a Donation

Foster Parent Appreciation Month- Donating to a Cause that Cares!

We were thrilled to donate a laptop to the Vancouver Aboriginal Child & Family Services Society. Every year the Vancouver Aboriginal Child & Family Services Society expresses gratitude and admiration to the Foster Parents they work with for their commitment to the babies, children, and youth from their community. Occasionally they provide care for short periods of time but every now and then they are with the family until the age of majority and some become permanent members of the family. They are a nonprofit organization providing a variety of social services to Aboriginal children and families in Vancouver.  With the rest of the province, VACFSS celebrates the month of October as “Foster Parent Appreciation Month”. In recognition of the challenging and dedicated work by their foster parents, they invited ERA to share in this appreciation by providing a laptop. This laptop will go as a gift to one of the foster parents of the night. Vancouver Aboriginal Child & Family Services Society We wish the Vancouver Aboriginal Child & Family Services Society the best of luck on October 12th, 2017 and for the future. Keep up the great work! For more information about this incredible organizations click here.
A Donation to the Greek Community – Ontario
The Electronic Recycling Association were delighted to donate two laptops, one printer, one monitor and one projector to the Hellenic (Greek) Orthodox Community of Kingston. This equipment will be utilized to enable their community members, including children and seniors to use laptops and printers. They also need it to make presentations to their community members about upcoming and ongoing projects. This donation will improve the computer skills of individuals within the community and act as a tool for job searching. If you're interested in learning more about the Hellenic (Greek) Orthodox Community of Kingston, Please visit: https://www.greekcommunityofkingston.com/ Hellenic (Greek) Orthodox Community of Kingston

Photo of the children at the Greek community school

If you're an organization looking for a donated laptop or computer, please fill in our application form online today! https://www.era.ca/computer-recycling-apply-for-a-donation/
Let’s win REAP’s Be Local Award!

2017 Be Local Awards: Let's Make our Community Proud

ERA has been nominated for REAP Calgary’s Be Local Award for the second year in a row! From September 11th to 17th, 2017 you can vote daily for the Electronic Recycling Association.

The winners are recognized at an awards ceremony on at River Cafe in nine award categories:

  • Favourite micro business: Given to the REAP business with 1-4 employees who receives the most votes through our website.
  • Favourite small business: Given to the REAP business with 5-99 employees who receives the most votes through our website.
  • Favourite medium-large business: Given to the REAP business with 100+ employees who receive the most votes through our website.
  • Favourite non-profit: Given to the REAP non-profit who receives the most votes through our website.
  • *New* Favourite all-star: Given to the previous year's Be Local Awards winner who receives the most votes through our website.
  • Encompassing Energy Leader: Presented by Bullfrog Power to the REAP business with the most comprehensive energy conservation program.
  • Community Economy Leader: Presented by Thrive to the REAP business that is building community economic development - a strong local economy that works better for more people. This business is rooted here and it shows in how it invests in people and places, purchases from fellow local businesses, provide valuable social benefit and supports the community.
  • Empowering Communities Leader: Presented by Vibrant Communities Calgary to a REAP business who is also a Living Wage Leader, effecting meaningful and sustainable progress towards reducing poverty for its employees and communities. Building richness and resilience includes paying a living wage, providing additional forms of compensation, promoting employee wellness, encouraging work-life balance and participating in broader community initiatives.
  • B Corp Leader: Presented by Business Development Bank of Canada, awarded to the REAP member with a B Corp certification that also demonstrates active involvement with its community, employee practices, and environmental stewardship.
Be Local

“ERA’s vision relates to sustainability because sustainability is what they are all about! ERA is dedicated to keeping computers and other electronic waste out of the landfills and in operational condition for as long as possible. When items really are ready to retire, they ensure they are recycled responsibly. Their vision is to educate the public about the problem of growing electronic waste and provide a safe solution.

ERA’s services reduce the environmental impact of improperly discarded equipment. In addition to their reuse and recycling programs, the ERA is committed to proving equipment at no cost to deserving Canadian charities, non-profits, schools, care facilities and other community groups and programs.

Most of ERA’s partners are charitable organizations, all of whom are committed to serving the community. Their corporate partners, those who donate their retiring equipment to ERA, are inherently committed to environmental sustainability through the act of responsible cycling out IT equipment.”

Please vote for us and encourage your family and friends to do the same. And if you want to learn more about other amazing businesses in Calgary, subscribe to receive REAP’s Local Buzz emails at belocal.org.

CCIS Receives a Donation

Calgary Catholic Immigrant Society: "Our Community, Our Future"

We were delighted to work with the Calgary Catholic Immigrant Society (CCIS) to donate a laptop to a family in need. This laptop will help members of this family secure a job, progress in school and keep up with current affairs. CCIS is a non-profit organization which provides settlement and integration services to all immigrants and refugees in Southern Alberta. They are a community leader with over 35 years of solid experience in the design and delivery of comprehensive resettlement and integration services to refugees and immigrants. They pride themselves in delivering these services through a dynamic multicultural, multilingual and multidisciplinary team of professionals, who collectively speak over 60 languages. This diversity enables them to provide their clients and the community with optimum assistance. They have over 1,500 volunteers who devote their time to helping newcomers. They offer a wide variety of specialized services that were designed to aid and enhance the integration process. Their mission is to empower immigrants and refugees to successfully resettle and integrate. They, vision a society where immigrants and refugees can reach their potential. This organization is close to ERA's heart and we are extremely happy to help such a fantastic nonprofit. Calgary Catholic Immigrant Society   If you're an organization looking to receive a donation of a laptop or computer please visit the link below: https://www.era.ca/computer-recycling-apply-for-a-donation/  If you are looking for more information on this amazing organization, please follow this link: https://www.ccisab.ca/.
The City of Warman’s Community Cleanup

City of Warman - "Call it a Clean Home"

On October 14th, ERA will be onsite at the City of Warman's Community Cleanup. ERA has volunteered to collect, remove and process any unwanted electronics brought in by the community. On the day we will be present with companies like Green for Life and Tire Stewardship of Saskatchewan. The community cleanup takes place between the hours of 9 am and 3 pm at the Warman Fire Hall parking lot (501 Centennial Blvd.). We look forward to cleaning up the community for another year in partnership with the City of Warman. City of Warman ERA will accept any of the following items, at no cost. Complimentary data removal will be applied to necessary equipment:
  • Tablets
  • Smart Phones
  • Cell Phones
  • Home Phones
  • Handheld Electronics (Mp3 Players, Gaming Consoles etc)
  • Stereo Equipment
  • Gaming Equipment
  • Monitors
  • Personal Computers (desktop and laptop)
  • Mice
  • Keyboards
  • Printers
  • Digital Cameras
  • Computer Parts
  • Misc. Cables
  • External Hard Drives
  • USB Keys & Other Storage Devices
  • Etc.
If you have an item to recycle that is not on this list or have any inquiries, please contact us: [email protected] or 1.877.9EWASTE (1.877.939.2783) Please be advised that the following items will not be accepted:
  • Personal Electronics (Shavers, Toothbrushes etc.)
  • Household Appliances (Microwaves, Blenders, Toasters etc)
  • Kitchen Appliances (Refrigerators, Stoves)
  • Large Televisions
ERA’s National Waste Reduction Week Promotion

“Waste Not, Want Not”

National Waste Reduction Week (WRW) takes place from October 16th through to October 22nd. WRW is a week where we concentrate primarily on the importance of reducing waste, improving the efficiency of resources and introducing how important it is to become a circular economy.

This program is a celebratory week to recognize our environmental achievements while inspiring and motivating new and exciting initiatives to protect our environment.  It is also a time to navigate solutions to current environmental affairs. It encourages a wide range of audiences to be involved (companies, schools, organizations, individuals and much more). The main objective for this week in October is to mobilize actions throughout Canada and promote the three R’s: Reduce, Reuse and then Recycle! The purpose behind Waste Reduction Week is to empower Canadians to be more aware when it comes to disposing their waste and to make a conscious decision. It offers informative facts and initiatives to help reduce waste on a day-to-day basis, working together to come up with solutions to ongoing environmental problems like waste disposal, water and air pollution and Climate change. The history behind Waste Reduction Week – The initiative sprung to mind during the mid-1980s, when a number of environmental organizations and recycling councils decided to host provincial events. In 2001, not long after this did they officially claim a week of the year that would be dedicated to reducing waste, naming it National Waste Reduction Week. This environmental week had been formalized by the Recycling Council of Ontario(RCO) who currently controls the national campaign. Since then this environmental week has become extremely popular and many environmental organizations, corporations, schools, and individuals are contributing more and more each year. Let’s keep creating awareness and push new and exciting initiatives that will build a healthier and happier place to live. For more information on RCO: http://www.rco.on.ca/ About ERA: The Electronic Recycling Association (ERA) is a non-profit organization founded in 2004 to address the growing problem of e-waste and the increasing ‘digital divide’. For over ten years, ERA has offered simple solutions to help individuals and organizations prevent operational equipment from premature destruction. With a focus on recovery, refurbishment, and reuse, ERA continuously supplies charitable groups with donated IT equipment while securely managing the retiring IT assets of organizations and individuals across Canada. We believe that reuse before recycling is critical in managing the waste created by computer hardware, and by offering industry-leading data destruction for all equipment we receive, we have securely repurposed hundreds of tons of equipment. Because not everything ERA receives can be reasonably repurposed, we have partnered with certified recycling organizations to process equipment that has reached the end of its productive life. The ERA is focused on reducing unnecessary waste and/or environmental impact through effective management of retiring electronic and IT equipment.  As a non-profit organization with deep community roots, it is our “reuse” focus and donation activities which set us apart from others in this sector. This is why we feel Waste Reduction Week is an important week when creating environmental awareness.   Our Promotion: Waste Reduction Week Drop this flyer off when donating your unwanted electronics, at any one of our locations throughout Canada and be in with a chance of winning this refurbished laptop. HP Laptop Our Drop-off Locations:
Calgary: 1301 34 Ave SE, Calgary, AB, T2G 1V8 Edmonton: 6772 99th Street, Edmonton, Alberta T5M1V6 Vancouver: 125 - 11280, Twigg Place, Richmond, BC, V6V 0A6 Saskatoon: 511 45TH ST W, Saskatoon, SK, S7L 5Z9 Toronto: 489 Brimley Rd #15, Scarborough, ON, M1K 4P3   Winnipeg: 1681 Dublin Ave, Winnipeg, MB, R3H 0H2
 
The African Diaspora Theater Guild Receives a Donation
We were thrilled to donate 2 laptops and a computer to the African Diaspora Theater Guild organization. This organizations mission is to nurture multicultural artistic expression as a vehicle for celebrating the heritage, build cultural bridges and a strong identity within a mosaic. Their purpose is to showcase their artistic expression through social justice and create and showcase new African Diaspora Works. The African Diaspora Theater Guild fosters artistic excellence in all aspects of the performing and visual arts through the education and development of a diverse community of artists, audiences and technicians and playwrights as well as offering exposure and experience to all young and upcoming performing artists from all walks of life. It provides opportunities on stage in a diversity of performances and develops the self-confidence of all its performers.

Home About Us Weaving the Mosaic Talk Show Projects & Workshops Key Players Press More The African Diaspora Theater GuildPhoto of The African Diaspora Theater Guild's president, Farai Chikowore.

This donation will help the African Diaspora Theater Guild continue to implement new and exciting programs and of course, monitor their current programs. If you want to learn more about this inspiring organization, please visit their website here.  Keep up the great work!  
Camp Kerry Society Receives a Printer

A Heart Felt Donation to an Organization has Touched so Many

We were thrilled to make a donation of a printer to the Camp Kerry Society. This organization was the first ever bereavement retreat in Canada. It offers much more than just a camp. They're invested in changing lives for the better by providing an abundance of year-round services to bereaved families, those living with a terminal illness, and those impacted by death/trauma in the workplace. With their help, children are able to enjoy their childhoods, people regain hope and happiness, and families move forward in their processes of grief by creating positive memories together. Some services they provide include the following: Individual Counselling, Bereavement Retreats, Support Groups, Circles of Strength Online, Youth Program, Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction and Community Choirs. Some ways you can contribute your time to Camp Kerry may involve volunteering, referring a client, becoming a member, Join their campaign or fundraising. Camp Kerry Society If you are looking to donate to this phenomenal organization, please visit their website: http://campkerrysociety.org/donate/ 
 
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