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Volunteer Week – Get Involved!

"The Greatest Gift you can Give is Time"

As you may already know, this week is Volunteer Week! It will run from April 24th up until April 29th. ERA has a range of programs in place for volunteers to take part and give back to their community. Volunteering with ERA is a great way to fulfill your community service goals while gaining excellent computer experience. In addition to learning and assisting with ERA’s processes and electronic recycling initiatives, volunteers will earn a computer once they have completed their volunteer hours. We have duties suitable for almost anyone over the age of 16.

Why volunteer? Volunteering offers help to individuals in need, the communities we live in, and worthwhile causes, but the real individual it benefits is the volunteer. Some benefits to volunteering consist of stress relief, a sense of purpose, gaining confidence, making a difference and having fun! For further information about our volunteer programs and to sign up please click here. volunteer-opportunities-2017
New Laptop for the New Year: Saskatchewan
ERA has provided a replacement laptop to a woman whose previous laptop was seized and destroyed without explanation at the Regina, Saskatchewan airport in December.
saskatchewan-laptop-destroyed   When we heard Tracey’s story just before Christmas, we knew we wanted to help. She was detained at the Regina airport, and her laptop was destroyed by airport officials, on December 12th. Going through a security point, her laptop had been flagged as suspicious – and after lots of questioning, an airport lock down and 2 lost days of travel, Tracey was cleared and no charges are pending. While her hard drive survived the ordeal, her laptop did not. ("In order to confirm that there was no explosive device contained or attached, the laptop was opened up by our explosive disposal members," police spokeswoman Elizabeth Popowich said in an email. "It is no longer functional.") She was left at the end of the ordeal without an operational laptop, and without answers. You can read the full story here: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/saskatchewan/woman-wants-apology-after-laptop-destroyed-saskatchewan-1.3894042 Since we can’t expedite the process of getting answers for Tracey, we settled on the next best thing – a new laptop! As soon as we came across the news article, we got in touch with Sheila Coles at CBC to see if she could help us reach Tracey. With her help, we were able to arrange for a replacement computer – and were pleased to share the news with her upon her return from attending her father’s wedding. While she waits for answers, we have shipped her out high-powered, professionally refurbished laptop that will ensure she doesn’t have to deal with any further delays or interruption to her usual work. For more details, tune in to CBC News Saskatchewan's Morning Edition on Monday morning when we speak to Sheila about the donation. (http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/saskatchewan/programs/morningedition) We would like to thank all of our own incredible donors – it is because of your support that we were able to help Tracey. If you work or reside in Saskatchewan, ERA’s services are available to you. We have a full-service depot located in Saskatoon, and offer e-waste removal services province-wide. Contact us for more information on our e-waste management program, our computer donation program and/or our charitable fundraising program. About the Electronic Recycling Association (ERA) Established in 2004, ERA is a non-profit organization directed to reduce the environmental impact of improperly discarded toxic electronic waste by offering accessible services to help corporations and individuals manage their retiring IT assets. Through industry leading pickup, data removal and reporting/certification services, ERA provides a full-circle solution for e-waste management. With reuse being ERA’s top priority, every item that is received is examined for any remaining productive life and refurbished for reuse. True end of life items are transferred to accredited recyclers where a nil landfill contribution can be assured. ERA is committed to supporting local charities and individuals in need through the provision of electronic equipment to charities and individuals alike.
Budget Friendly Ways to Give Back in YYC
CBC News reported this week that lots of local charities have experienced a 40 to 50 percent drop in donations this year. It’s been an extremely hard year for many Albertans, which means that the services offered by these charities are in higher demand than ever, while their ability to deliver these essential services has diminished. There are ways to support local charities and vulnerable community members without making cash donations. We’ve found some really creative ways to give back without spending any extra money this holiday season. You would be surprised to discover that household items you no longer need or use could make a big difference to someone currently going without. And choosing to purchase things you need regardless from businesses who give back in a tangible way can also make a big impact.

Here are a some free ways to give back in YYC

budget-friendly Donate bottles and cans: Save yourself a trip to the bottle depot and donate these space hogging recyclables to KidSport (http://www.kidsportcanada.ca/alberta/calgary/our-partners/recycle-for-life-partners/). They’ll even pick them up right from your home. Your donation will help KidSport provide support to children in order to remove financial barriers that prevent them from playing organized sport. Donate household items: Replacing some furniture, or just have gently used pieces collecting dust in your basement or garage? Or children’s clothing that’s still in good shape but your child has outgrown? Donate them to the Women in Need Society. Here’s their current wishlist: http://www.womeninneed.net/donate/wish-list/, and they’ll come pick items up too. Items donated to WINS help vulnerable families and individuals meet their basic needs while they work toward self-sufficiency. Got credit card points? Yep, you can donate those too (sometimes). Lots of financial institutions offer the option to donate your points (translating into a cash donation) to charity, with the specifics varying from bank to bank. See your bank’s website for details, or check out this list: http://canada.creditcards.com/credit-card-news/charity-credit_cards-1264/ If your financial institution doesn’t have this option, consider asking why not next time you call them. After all, you’re earning points for purchases you need to make anyway. Donate computers and old electronics: We all have an old computer or cell phone at home collecting dust. Clear them out this year and donate them to us! We’ll safely remove any data on equipment, refurbish what we can, and provide donations to vulnerable members of the community. We also have a fundraising program that, much like a bottle drive, results in a weight-based (cash) rebate that can be donated to the charity of your choice. Here’s a list of accepted items: https://www.era.ca/electronic-recycling-accepted-items/. ERA also offers pickup services. Donate unused gift cards: If you have a gift card sitting around that you haven’t used, consider donating it. You may even be eligible for a tax receipt. Canada Revenue Agency notes on its website that gift card donations are accepted as long as it’s clear what the value of the card is. You can donate leftovers! Well, you can support these businesses who do. We love this idea, and LeftOvers Calgary has taken thousands of pounds of fresh/perishable food that would have otherwise been thrown away (and, worldwide, half of all food produced is thrown away and wasted), and delivered it to charities including Calgary Drop-In Centre, Calgary Interfaith Food Bank, Alpha House, Making Changes Association and Inn from the Cold. Cobbs Bread alone has donated almost 19,000 pounds of food to date! This means that vulnerable Calgarians get better access to fresh produce, bread and meat – things lots of us take for granted. Check out their list here: http://rescuefood.ca/what-we-do/ Do business with companies committed to giving back: How and where you choose to spend your money is powerful. There are hundreds of Canadian companies who are dedicated to giving back. By choosing to do business with or purchase from any of these organizations, you inherently support their charitable programs. Here’s the list: https://charityvillage.com/directories/funders/corporate-funding-programs.aspx (this may not be complete, but its a great start) Donate time: Even if you’re short on money, your time can always make a big difference. And sometimes time is the most valuable commodity. Did you know that there are hundreds of seniors in our city who will spend the holiday season alone? Your time could make a huge difference to one of them! Calgary Senior’s Resource Society (http://www.calgaryseniors.org/) can set you up. If that doesn’t work for you, almost all charities are in need of some type of volunteer, so visit your favorite charity’s website to find out more. Hopefully you can utilize one of these options to give back in YYC soon. For charitable organizations, every little bit helps, even if it seems small. If we’ve missed one that you'd like to see featured, please let us know.
Winnipeg Computer Recycling: Riverton & District Friendship Centre Donation

Community Assistance Group to Receive Tech Donation on Giving Tuesday

The Electronic Recycling Association to present 14 computers to Manitoba’s Riverton & District Friendship Centre Winnipeg, MB (November 23, 2016) — The Electronic Recycling Association (ERA) will be presenting Riverton & District Friendship Centre (Friendship Centre) with a donation of 14 computers on November 29th, which is Giving Tuesday. Giving Tuesday 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 Friendship Centre with this donation on Giving Tuesday,” says Bojan Paduh, founder and president of ERA. “This donation is one of five we will make on the 29th, totalling nearly 60 computers across 5 cities. It is so important going into the holidays to remember that there are lots of people struggling right now, and Giving Tuesday is a really positive reminder and great platform through which we can give back.” Friendship Centre acts as a referral service to anyone wishing to contact officials of the provincial, municipal or federal governments and agencies in such areas as employment assistance, housing, pensions, employment insurance and income tax. "With the addition of 14 new computers for our centre we will be able to provide a wider range of access for the Community,” says Tanis Grimolfson, executive director of Friendship Centre. “Many of our clients from the north are shy about using the computers and/or asking for help at the school, but find it easier to ask for help here at the Centre. During the day locals who do not have a home computer come in to read something online, or write a book, or learn more before they buy a personal computer. Having more available that can be set up for different types of use only adds to our support of Riverton and the surrounding areas." Media representatives are invited to attend and cover this donation story as ERA presents Friendship Centre with 14 computers. Date:             Tuesday, November 29, 2016 Time:             11:00am Location:     Riverton & District Friendship Centre 53 Laura Ave Riverton, Manitoba Attendees:  The Electronic Recycling Association (ERA) Tanis Grimolfson, executive director, Friendship Centre About the Electronic Recycling Association Established in 2004, ERA is a non-profit organization directed to reduce the environmental impact of improperly discarded toxic electronic waste by offering accessible services to help corporations and individuals manage their retiring IT assets. Through industry leading pickup, data removal and reporting/certification services, ERA provides a full-circle solution for e-waste management. With reuse being ERA’s top priority, every item that is received is examined for any remaining productive life and refurbished for reuse. True end of life items are transferred to accredited recyclers where a nil landfill contribution can be assured. ERA is committed to supporting local charities and individuals in need through the provision of electronic equipment to charities and individuals alike. About Riverton & District Friendship Centre The Friendship Centre acts as a referral service to anyone wishing to contact officials of the Provincial, Municipal or Federal governments and agencies in such areas as employment assistance, housing, pensions, employment insurance and income tax. The centre’s most important aim is to bring about a much greater degree of fellowship between the native members of the community. In addition, to make the greatest possible effort in striving to secure rights and opportunities for all persons regardless of background. — 30 — Media enquiries may be directed to: Kristi Gartner Marketing and Communications Manager Electronic Recycling Association Phone: 403-262-4488 [email protected] Tanis Grimolfson Executive Director Riverton & District Friendship Centre Phone: 204-378-2800 [email protected]
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7 Tips when Donating a Computer or Laptop to ERA

The Electronic Recycling Association answers your questions on how to donate!

  Canada (May 2, 2017) — The Electronic Recycling Association shares “7 Tips when Donating a Computer or Laptop to ERA”. You have options when it comes to disposing of your electronics. There are countless recyclers who offer electronic recycling services, but one of the first things you should consider is the difference between reuse and recycling options. At ERA, they believe reuse is the most responsible and beneficial first line of action, both from an environmental and social perspective. They believe destroying equipment that still offers usability is wasteful and unnecessary. Recycling has an extremely important place in the chain of custody but should be utilized only once an item is truly proven to be of no further reasonable use.   Our 7 tips:
  1. Is your computer or laptop reusable?
The lifespan of a computer is usually between 7 to 8 years. If your device is at the 5-year mark, it can most definitely be repurposed and donated to someone else who can reap the benefits. It influences a positive environmental impact due to the fact that it’s stretching the device out to its full capability. (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).  
  1. Are you better off donating your computer or laptop to the Refurbisher, rather than directly to the organization?
Yes, you will benefit immensely by donating your computer to a Refurbisher, rather than directly to the organization. Sending your device directly to the organization may be tempting. However, most organizations having specific needs when it comes to the software and hardware of a computer or laptop. Your computer might not be a good fit for a certain charity and may result in your device not being used. (ERA ensure that your devices are carefully placed in the hands of an appreciative organization who specifically requested that make or model).  
  1. Should you donate the peripherals of your computer or laptop?
Of course, as the saying goes “every little helps”. When donating, include the mouse, printer, modem, keyboard, the software and any other peripherals you have lying around your house or garage.  Non-profits, schools, charities and other charitable organizations will never refuse additional equipment that they can utilize over a period of time. (ERA will clean your devices and install the correct software (windows 7 & 10) that the organization has requested).  
  1. Is keeping a list of what you donated important?
Yes, tax season occurs every year and you will more than likely be eligible for a deduction on your taxes if you’re generously donating to a non-profit organization that refurbishes. (ERA offers a Donation-In-Kind receipt to companies and individuals who donate their unwanted or used IT equipment)  
  1. How do I erase my data?
Your personal information can be extremely sensitive and you may want to erase it from your device thoroughly. There are many ways to destroy the data on your computer or laptop. (ERA uses two processes when it comes to destroying data, data wiping and physical data destruction. Data wiping involves a software based erasure known as BLANCCO. This process employs a multiple pass, random array approach to sanitizing data. The ERA has several AmeriShred mobile hard drive shredders which can be delivered directly to your location for hard drive destruction services. These machines are capable of shredding hard drives, data tapes, servers, and other data storage hardware).   
  1. Where can you donate?
ERA has multiple locations:
Calgary Edmonton Saskatoon Vancouver
1301 34 Ave SE 6776 99 St 511 45th St. W Call for address
Calgary, (Uniway Computers Southside) Saskatoon,
AB Edmonton, SK
Winnipeg Montreal Toronto
1681 Dublin Ave 85 Rue Blainville E 8 491 Brimley Rd
Winnipeg, (NDI Ste Therese) Toronto,
MB Sainte Therese, QC ON
 
  1. Contact the Refurbisher (ERA) if you have any questions.
In depth overview of ERA: era.ca Quick overview of ERA: www.new.era.ca Phone: 1.877.9EWASTE (392783) Email: [email protected]   ERA accepts donations of unwanted computer hardware and related equipment from companies and individuals for responsible and secure reuse or recycling. They refurbish what they can and provide local charities, non-profits, care facilities and educational intuitions with refurbished equipment donations. ERA also has an e-waste fundraising program, which allows participants to raise money for charitable causes by collecting e-waste.   About the Electronic Recycling Association Established in 2004, ERA is a non-profit organization directed to reduce the environmental impact of improperly discarded toxic electronic waste by offering accessible services to help corporations and individuals manage their retiring IT assets. Through industry leading pickup, data removal, and reporting/certification services, ERA provides a full-circle solution for e-waste management. With reuse being ERA’s top priority, every item that is received is examined for any remaining productive life and refurbished for reuse. True end of life items is transferred to accredited recyclers where a nil landfill contribution can be assured. ERA is committed to supporting local charities and individuals in need through the provision of electronic equipment to charities and individuals alike.   — 30 —   Media enquiries may be directed to:   Jessica Lifely Business Development Manager Electronic Recycling Association Phone: 403-262-4488 [email protected]    
Everything’s Gone Green: New Website
A brand new website to streamline the process
We are excited to announce the coming launch of a new website that will simplify the process of managing your e-waste and getting involved. Our goal is to help you achieve your environmental and social responsibility objectives, something we do by also providing valuable, refurbished technology to less fortunate Canadians. To make sure safe solutions for e-waste are widely accessible and easy to use, we are focusing on better ways of helping you - this new website is just one way we're making it easier to do something good for the environment and the community. Check out new.era.ca and let us know what you think! You can send your comments to [email protected], and we'll take them into consideration. new-website-screen-cap  
Merry Christmas and Holiday Hours
We would like to take a moment to wish you and your loved ones a very merry Christmas! We would also like to thank all of our donors for their continued support throughout 2016. That support has allowed us to continue making valuable refurbished tech donations and expand our programs across Canada. We are looking forward to a prosperous year in 2017, and continuing to work with you all. Please note that ERA offices will be closed on Monday, December 26th and Monday, January 2nd. We will be open for business for the remainder of the Christmas holiday with reduced staff. Please contact us at 1.877.939.2783 if you need to book a pickup or have any additional questions. Merry Christmas from the team at ERA! Merry Christmas
Vancouver Computer Recycling: Harvest Project Donation

Urban Relief Organization to Receive Tech Donation on Giving Tuesday

The Electronic Recycling Association to present 8 computers to Vancouver’s Harvest Project Vancouver, BC (November 28, 2016) — The Electronic Recycling Association (ERA) will be presenting Harvest Project with a donation of 8 computers on November 29th, which is Giving Tuesday. Giving Tuesday 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 Harvest Project with this donation on Giving Tuesday,” says Bojan Paduh, founder and president of the ERA. “This donation is one of five we will make on the 29th, totalling nearly 60 computers across 5 cities. It is so important going into the holidays to remember that there are lots of people struggling right now, and Giving Tuesday is a really positive reminder and great platform through which we can give back.” “Harvest Project is very grateful to receive this valuable donation to update and grow our old computing systems. This will directly help us better manage our clients data and lower our overhead so we can channel more funding into our core programs,” Gary Ansell, Executive Director at Harvest Project. Media representatives are invited to attend and cover this donation story as ERA presents Harvest Project with 8 computers. Date: Tuesday, November 29, 2016 Time: 11:00am Location: Harvest Project 1073 Roosevelt Crescent North Vancouver, BC Attendees: The Electronic Recycling Association (ERA) Harvest Project About the Electronic Recycling Association Established in 2004, ERA is a non-profit organization directed to reduce the environmental impact of improperly discarded toxic electronic waste by offering accessible services to help corporations and individuals manage their retiring IT assets. Through industry leading pickup, data removal and reporting/certification services, ERA provides a full-circle solution for e-waste management. With reuse being ERA’s top priority, every item that is received is examined for any remaining productive life and refurbished for reuse. True end of life items are transferred to accredited recyclers where a nil landfill contribution can be assured. ERA is committed to supporting local charities and individuals in need through the provision of electronic equipment to charities and individuals alike. About Harvest Project Harvest Project is a registered charity - a grassroots, volunteer-driven community organization that reaches out to hundreds of vulnerable people who are facing the threat of urban poverty. We provide a safety-net that is built on helping the whole-person. Our focus: Reaching out to individuals and families on Metro-Vancouver’s North Shore challenged by family break-down, illness, job loss and poverty Providing client-care coaching + counsel, grocery + clothing support, emergency drop-in help, Clothes For Change thrift shop Impacting the community by breaking the poverty cycle and restoring people to participation in work, school and a healthier family life We look to our neighbours across Metro-Vancouver for our resources – volunteering, providing donated goods (groceries) and 100 % of our financial support. Returning our neighbours to stable, healthier lives not only transforms their lives, but benefits the whole community. Harvest Project ‘extends a hand up, not a hand-out’. — 30 — Media inquiries may be directed to: Kristi Gartner Marketing and Communications Manager Electronic Recycling Association Phone: 403-262-4488 [email protected] Kevin Lee Communications Officer Harvest Project Phone: 604-983-9488 [email protected]
Calgary Computer Recycling: Inn from the Cold Donation

Family Emergency Shelter to Receive Tech Donation on Giving Tuesday

The Electronic Recycling Association to present 11 computers to Calgary’s Inn from the Cold Calgary, AB (November 23, 2016) — The Electronic Recycling Association (ERA) will be presenting Inn from the Cold with a donation of 11 computers on November 29th, which is Giving Tuesday. Giving Tuesday 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 Inn from the Cold with this donation on Giving Tuesday. Their service is essential for people who have been unable to find help anywhere else,” says Bojan Paduh, founder and president of ERA. “This is one of five donations we will make on the 29th, totalling nearly 60 computers across five cities. It is so important going into the holidays to remember that there are lots of people struggling right now, and Giving Tuesday is a really positive reminder and great platform through which we can give back.” Open 24/7, Inn from the Cold acts as an agency of last resort for children and families with nowhere else to go and they turn no family away. "We are thrilled with this generous donation of high quality desktop computers from the Electronic Recycling Association,” said Lynn Cox, resource development & communications manager at Inn from the Cold. “Gift in kind donations that contribute to our operations are extremely helpful and allow us to channel more of our resources to critical needs to support homeless children and their families in Calgary." Media representatives are invited to attend and cover this donation story as ERA presents Inn from the Cold with 11 computers. Date:             Tuesday, November 29, 2016 Time:             11:00am Location:     Inn from the Cold 106, 110-11th Avenue SE Calgary, AB Attendees:  The Electronic Recycling Association (ERA) Inn from the Cold  About the Electronic Recycling Association Established in 2004, ERA is a non-profit organization directed to reduce the environmental impact of improperly discarded toxic electronic waste by offering accessible services to help corporations and individuals manage their retiring IT assets. Through industry leading pickup, data removal and reporting/certification services, ERA provides a full-circle solution for e-waste management. With reuse being ERA’s top priority, every item that is received is examined for any remaining productive life and refurbished for reuse. True end of life items are transferred to accredited recyclers where a nil landfill contribution can be assured. ERA is committed to supporting local charities and individuals in need through the provision of electronic equipment to charities and individuals alike. About Inn from the Cold For almost twenty years, Inn from the Cold has operated as an agency of last resort for those children and their families who find themselves with no place else to go. They go far beyond the provision of basic needs and offer shelter, sanctuary, and healing through an integrated continuum of services. Their door is open 24/7, 365 days a year and they turn no family away. Vision: A community where no child or family is homeless. Mission: Inn from the Cold offers shelter, sanctuary and healing to assist homeless children and their families achieve independence. — 30 — Media enquiries may be directed to:   Kristi Gartner Marketing and Communications Manager Electronic Recycling Association Phone: 403-262-4488 [email protected] Lynn Cox Resource Development & Communications Manager Inn from the Cold Phone: 403-473-3262 [email protected]