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Electronic recycling association – Laptops for Refugees: Local Non-Profit Hopes to Assist Newcomers

MEDIA NOTICE

January 19 2016

 
Electronic recycling association- Laptops for Refugees: Local Non-Profit Hopes to Assist Newcomers
The Electronic Recycling Association aims to collect equipment to help refugees receive computers of their own upon arrival Calgary, AB — The Electronic Recycling Association (ERA) is requesting that the public consider donating older or unwanted computer equipment that may be refurbished for reuse by newcomers to Calgary. Working with the Calgary Bridge Foundation for Youth (CBFY), ERA hopes to provide computer equipment to dozens of families expected to arrive in the city over the next few months. “Our goal is to provide the Bridge Foundation with 100 computers throughout 2016 specifically for refugee families,” says Bojan Paduh, founder and president of the ERA. “The challenge is that our first priority is meeting the requests of Canadian charities and families, so we are asking the public for help to gather equipment specifically for refugees. Most households and certainly businesses have unwanted or disused computer equipment, all we ask is that they give us a call, let us come pick it up and see if we can reuse it for the refugees arriving in Calgary this year.” ERA specializes in managing retiring corporate IT assets as well as the unwanted computer equipment of individual families. They collect the equipment through pickup services and drop-off depots, test equipment for relevance and then refurbish equipment as necessary. Much of what ERA is able to recover is then donated to Canadian charities and causes. Organizations and individuals interested in donating unwanted equipment specifically to support refugees through CBFY are advised to drop off equipment at the address outlined below, or contact ERA to book a pickup. Depot Location:               1301 34 Ave SE, Calgary, AB T2G 1V8 Hours of Operation:       Monday to Friday: 8:30am to 5:30pm and Saturday: 10am to 4pm To book a pickup:            Call: 1.877.9EWASTE or local 403.262.4488 or Email: [email protected] About the Electronics Recycling Association Established in 2004, the ERA specializes in waste electronics management, reuse and recycling in Canada. We are unwaveringly committed to reducing electronic waste by extending their lifecycle through electronics donation services, recycling non-reusable electronics, computers, laptops, phones and more. With depots all across Canada, the ERA provides a great way to recycle electronic equipment safely and securely while supporting less fortunate Canadians with free IT equipment. — 30 — Media inquiries may be directed to: Kristi Gartner Marketing and Communications Manager Electronic Recycling Association Phone: 403-262-4488 [email protected] Related: View a clip of ERA's past donation to CBFY [embed]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9k8b5w5-Pm0[/embed]
New Computer Lab for Winnipeg Teens on Giving Tuesday
MEDIA NOTICE November 25 2015
At Risk Youth Drop-in Centre to Receive New Computer Lab on Giving Tuesday
The Electronic Recycling Association and St. Vital MLA Nancy Allan to present 15 computers to Winnipeg’s Teen Stop Jeunesse Winnipeg, MB — The Electronic Recycling Association (ERA), along with Winnipeg MLA Nancy Allan, will be presenting Teen Stop Jeunesse Inc. (Teen Stop) with a donation of 15 desktop computers on December 1, which is GivingTuesday. GivingTuesday is a nation-wide initiative that promotes giving-back on the Tuesday immediately following the consumer sales and material focus of Black Friday and Cyber Monday. “We are extremely excited to present Teen Stop with a new computer lab on GivingTuesday,” says Bojan Paduh, founder and president of the ERA. “And we are thrilled that Ms. Allan will be joining us to show her support of our activity in the Winnipeg community as well as the great work done by Teen Stop.” Teen Stop is a non-profit charitable organization serving as a youth drop in center since 1980, and their computer lab is used daily by youth in the drop in centre, students in the adult learning centre and community members. The workstations allow participants to access the internet, to research and complete homework assignments, job search and resume writing, socializing and enteTeen Stop Jeunesse Giving Tuesdayrtainment. “Teen Stop Jeunesse Inc. is so very happy to be partnering with ERA,” says Patrick Leblanc, executive director of Teen Stop. “This donation allows our staff and volunteers to continue the great work supporting the community we work and live in. Community youth have been asking for updated equipment for quite some time and now with this donation we are able to make it happen. This type of capital investment in our facility would have taken us years to fundraise for and through this partnership it has taken just a couple of months. We are truly grateful to have received this gift.” Media representatives are invited to attend and cover this donation story as ERA and Nancy Allen present Teen Stop with 15 computers. Date: Tuesday, December 1, 2015 Time: 9:30 AM Location: Teen Stop Jeunesse Inc. 533 St Anne's Rd Winnipeg, AB R2M 3E8 Attendees: The Electronic Recycling Association (ERA) Nancy Allan, MLA St. Vital Patrick Leblanc, Executive Director, Teen Stop About the Electronics Recycling Association Established in 2004, the ERA specializes in waste electronics management, reuse and recycling in Canada. We are unwaveringly committed to reducing electronic waste by extending their lifecycle through electronics donating services, recycling non-reusable electronics, computers, laptops, phones and more. With depots all across Canada, the ERA provides a great way to recycle electronic equipment safely and securely. About Teen Stop Jeunesse inc. Teen Stop Jeunesse Inc. is a non-profit charitable organization that has been serving the St. Vital community for over 35 years. A drop in center was established in 1980 to provide a safe place where youth (aged 8-18) could gather under adult supervision in an environment free of crime, drugs and alcohol. The centre gradually developed additional programs which focused on families in response to identified community needs. Teen Stop Jeunesse believes the best way to help a child is to help the family. — 30 — Media inquiries may be directed to: Kristi Gartner Marketing and Communications Manager Electronic Recycling Association Phone: 403-262-4488 [email protected] Patrick Leblanc Executive Director Teen Stop Jeunesse Phone: 204-254-1618 [email protected] Teen Stop Jeunesse Giving Tuesday
Large Computer Donation to First Nations Group
MEDIA NOTICE October 27 2015 Tsuut’ina Nation Schools to Receive 225 Computers from Local Non-Profit The Electronic Recycling Association and several of their corporate partners to provide a much-needed donation to benefit high-needs students CALGARY, AB — On November 3, The Electronic Recycling Association (ERA) will deliver a truckload of computers to the Tsuut’ina Board of Education that will be distributed to Chiila Elementary School, Tsuut-ina Middle School and Tsuut’ina High School. ERA has partnered with a number of corporate donors to facilitate the computer donation, which will allow the schools to upgrade aging and slow equipment. A number of computers will be placed in each classroom to give students access to reliable hardware and the internet, tools the majority of students do not have access to at home. In addition, Calgary Flames mascot Harvey the Hound will attend the donation to interact with students.
Donation of Computers for Students at High Needs School
Good News for High-Needs Elementary School The ERA originally met St. Peter School's Principal Bruce Campbell when he came to pick up a laptop that had been donated to the school by ERA behalf of an anonymous donor. While speaking with him, it became evident that students at the school were in need of much more than one laptop. Knowing this, the ERA decided we needed to round up more computers for students at St. Peter's to provide them with the technology necessary to excel at their schoolwork and be given the same opportunities as their peers. On June 17,  ERA presented an assembly of children (between the ages of 5 and 11) at St. Peter School with laptops for 20 students to take home and share with their families. But we knew these kids deserved something extra special, so we called up The Calgary Flames mascot, the one and only Harvey the Hound, and asked him if he would come out and present the laptops with us. And, in exchange for just one three pound Milkbone, he did! We had to keep him hidden though, to ensure complete surprise. There is very little you can hide a six and a half foot bipedal dog-human behind, but we managed, and somehow not a single student spotted him prior to the big reveal.
Calgary Flames Mascot and ERA Donate Laptops for Students
The Electronic Recycling Association and Harvey the Hound will surprise a Calgary elementary school with laptops for students just in time for summer Harvey 2 Students at St. Peter School will be paid a special visit by The Calgary Flames’ mascot, Harvey the Hound on June 17. The Electronic Recycling Association (ERA) has donated 20 refurbished laptops which will be presented to deserving students at St. Peter School on Wednesday morning. “We are really excited to have Harvey present this donation,” says Bojan Paduh, founder and president of ERA. “We often make donations to students, but to kick off the summer we wanted to do something extra special and so decided to surprise the kids by inviting Harvey the Hound to their school to present the donation.”
ERA 2015: A Big Year of Growth
ERA 2015 Looking Back
Here we are already half way through January! The New Year is off to a busy start, but before we get too far ahead we want to take some time to look back at some of the great things that happened in 2015. We also wanted to take this opportunity to thank all of our incredible donors for their continued support, and our charitable partners for all of the amazing work they do in our communities. Donations ERA has always been committed to providing electronic hardware to deserving individuals and charitable groups, free of charge. We have implemented a straight forward, Canada wide donation request process, stipulating that we will not deny any reasonable request made by an individual affiliated with an approved charity, non-profit, care facility or educational institution. In 2015, we increased the number of computers we donated by roughly 25% to a total of over 1050 complete computer systems donated to groups and individuals in need. We are committed to increasing this number another 25% for 2016.   [caption id="attachment_7659" align="aligncenter" width="300"]ERA 2015 St. Peter School Receives A Truckload of Computers from ERA: And a visit from HARVEY![/caption] We also made our largest individual donation on record, of 225 computers to the schools of Tsuut’ina Nation. This donation was made in partnership with Suncor, Fortis Alberta, TransCanada Corporation, Asset Canada, Altalink and Home Trust. Community cleanups In 2015 we helped 15 community associations across Canada with their annual community cleanups. ERA has always, and will continue, to offer this as a free service. We provide resources for the day of the cleanup, including a truck to remove electronics collected, staff members to help with the collection and we also assist in raising awareness about the event through our social media and online communities. We have already started booking cleanups into 2016, if you are interested please contact us today! New full service depot in Winnipeg Manitoba We opened to doors to a full service depot in Manitoba, and since July 2015 have completed over 200 pickups of unwanted equipment in the area. We have started working with charitable organizations in the Winnipeg area to provide them with computer hardware to enhance their programs or provide to individuals accessing their services. New Fundraising Program: Moolah for Macros On May 25th, ERA officially launched our charitable fundraising program. While we are active in the community with our donation, community cleanup and awareness programs, we knew we could do more. Moolah for Macros gives charitable organizations the ability to host a collection of unwanted electronics and earn cash for their cause. This not only provides charitable orgs with much needed capital, it also helps ERA divert more e-waste through reuse or recycling. Annual Initiatives Stepped Up It was a busy year of events for ERA. Throughout the year there are numerous initiatives that we are a part of. Fraud Prevention Month occurs each March, and ERA works in partnership with local law enforcement to raise awareness about fraud risks and offers some options to mitigate risk. In 2015 we were present throughout the month of March, offering free data destruction to the public as well as answering questions about the risks associated with discarded computers and electronic devices. [caption id="attachment_7658" align="aligncenter" width="268"]ERA 2015 Fraud Prevention Month Event in Medicine Hat with Local Law Enforcement[/caption] In April, ERA celebrated Earth Day with several events in Vancouver, partnering with Oxford Properties to offer e-waste collections at three of their properties. We also hosted an event in Calgary, partnering with the Better Business Bureau and Shred-it, we offered free data destruction for both hard drives and paper documents at Deerfoot Mall. In addition, ERA attended and sponsored the Saskatchewan Waste Reduction Council’s annual conference in Saskatoon from the 20th to the 22nd. We stayed busy over the summer months, and took our team downtown Calgary, set up a tent on Stephen Avenue, and had contests, free giveaways and a team of friendly staff on hand. [caption id="attachment_7655" align="aligncenter" width="300"]ERA 2015 Stephen Ave Walk 2015[/caption] On August 20th, we hosted our 5th annual awareness and appreciation golf tournament at the scenic Inglewood Golf and Curling Club, where guests enjoyed 18 holes of golf and a great dinner at Inglewood’s Club House. For Waste Reduction Week, we hosted 5 collection and awareness events between October 19th and 21st in Edmonton, Calgary, Saskatoon and Winnipeg. At each of these events we had expert staff on hand with information about waste management, and we offered convenient options for the public to drop off their unwanted equipment. On Giving Tuesday (December 2nd 2015), we focused on Winnipeg and made a donation of computers to Teen Stop Jeunesse to replace their aging computer lab. St. Vital MLA Nancy Allan joined us for the occasion to show her support for Teen Stop and the community. ERA 2015 Brand New Website In November we launched our brand new website. We want to ensure our donors and charitable partners have access to the information they need and that applications are readily accessible, so over 2015 we worked on better ways to communicate with the community and launched www.era.ca. Partnerships and Sponsorships ERA worked with numerous associations to support their conferences over the year. We were proud supporters of iTech, INTERZONE, The Recycling Council of BC’s annual conference, the Recycling Council of Alberta’s annual conference and the Saskatchewan Waste Reduction Council’s annual conference. We became a member of the Vancouver Board of Trade and the Saskatoon and Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce groups. We maintained memberships with Green Calgary, the Calgary and Edmonton Chamber of Commerce, the National Association of Information Destruction (NAID), and became a partner of CIPS. ERA also holds memberships with a number of other organizations across the country in the IT and environmental sectors.
225 Donated Computers, Harvey the Hound, and LOTS of Smiling Faces Coming Right Up!
Good News for High-Needs Elementary School The ERA originally met St. Peter School's Principal Bruce Campbell when he came to pick up a laptop that had been donated to the school by ERA behalf of an anonymous donor. While speaking with him, it became evident that students at the school were in need of much more than one laptop. Knowing this, the ERA decided we needed to round up more computers for students at St. Peter's to provide them with the technology necessary to excel at their schoolwork and be given the same opportunities as their peers. On June 17,  ERA presented an assembly of children (between the ages of 5 and 11) at St. Peter School with laptops for 20 students to take home and share with their families. But we knew these kids deserved something extra special, so we called up The Calgary Flames mascot, the one and only Harvey the Hound, and asked him if he would come out and present the laptops with us. And, in exchange for just one three pound Milkbone, he did! We had to keep him hidden though, to ensure complete surprise. There is very little you can hide a six and a half foot bipedal dog-human behind, but we managed, and somehow not a single student spotted him prior to the big reveal.St Peter Assembly beforeFor the kids, It started off as just a regular assembly, and from my vantage point at the back of the gymnasium I could see more than a few distracted faces among the group (sorry Mr. Campbell....) Principal Campbell spoke to students about the importance of recycling and reuse, especially in regard to electronic equipment, and told the students that some of them would be receiving their very own laptops in just a few moments. Then, as the wheeled cage containing the computers for students slowly entered the gym through a side door, I started to see some heads turn and heard a whispered... "Harvey!" This realization spread quickly throughout the gymnasium and turned into a full blown frenzy as the famous mascot pushed a cart full of technology in... Please click the image to view the video on YouTube.
E-Waste Collection Event at Kwantlen University
Electronic Recycling Association and the Kwantlen Student Association offer responsible disposal of e-waste Surrey, BC – In recognition of the start of a new school year, the Kwantlen Student Association (KSA) has partnered with the Electronic Recycling Association (ERA) to host an electronics collection and data destruction event for students, residents and businesses of Surrey, BC. Individuals are invited to bring in unwanted electronic equipment (e-waste) to be confidentially recycled. ERA will have an AmeriShred hard drive shredder onsite to physically destroy hard drives. The KSA’s REBOOT computer repair service will on-site offering advice for repairable computers.
The Growing Problem of E-waste in Our Throw-Away Society

“The throw-away society is a human society strongly influenced by consumerism. The term describes a critical view of over-consumption and excessive production of short-lived or disposable items.”

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 We’ve got kind of a problem here. On the right side of the pendulum, consumerism has reached an all-time high, with products reaching their planned obsolescence within absurdly short timespans and new products being rolled out (and bought) by the millions every day. And, since every action has an equal and opposite reaction, we have to expect consequences. So, on the left side of the pendulum, we’re looking at the very real possibility of a mass extinction, the sixth on record for our planet and the first since the extinction of the dinosaurs – sixty five million years ago.
Gain Great Experience, and a Computer, as an ERA Volunteer!

We're currently looking for outgoing volunteers to help us raise awareness about the environmental implications of e-waste and get the public excited about reuse and recycling! As an ERA volunteer, you will gain great experience with computer technology, work with our friendly and knowledgeable employees and at the end of your volunteer hours, you will receive a refurbished computer or laptop to keep.

 
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