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Bridging the Digital Divide: CBFY Receives 100 Donated Laptops

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ERA and Hitachi Solutions Canada, Ltd. partner to provide a truckload of donated tech Calgary, AB (February 6, 2017) – The Electronic Recycling Association (ERA) is thrilled to announce the upcoming donation of 100 refurbished laptops to The Calgary Bridge Foundation for Youth (CBFY). The laptops, provided by ERA’s donor Hitachi Solutions Canada, Ltd. (Hitachi), will be professionally data wiped and refurbished, and will be delivered to CBFY on February 10th 2017. Too often, the lack of a computer creates challenges for immigrant families, especially those from low-income backgrounds. ERA first provided CBFY with a donation of 60 computers through their ongoing partnership with Alberta’s Promise in 2014. Since then CBFY has seen a steep increase in families utilizing their services, most of whom up to this point have not had access to a computer at home. Umashanie Reddy, chief executive officer for CBFY, notes that “Globalization, global migration and the technological revolution are amongst one of the largest megatrends that are making a profound impact in the world. As it is incumbent and traditional in this our host City of Calgary to form collaborative partnerships to support our newcomers, this generous donation from ERA provides the opportunity for our low income immigrant and refugee youth and their families to keep abreast, become innovative and re-orient themselves as they integrate and settle.” Most of the laptops will be distributed to families accessing CBFY’s services, while some of them will remain at their facility in a new onsite computer lab that will be regularly accessible to all of their clients. “It’s an incredible thing when you get to match up a corporate donor with a deserving charity like this. Managing surplus or retired tech assets is a necessary task for businesses, but having the opportunity to give that tech a second life with some really deserving families can make it worthwhile,” says Bojan Paduh, founder and president of the ERA. “We are proud to offer not only a secure and environmentally responsible option for managing that unwanted tech, but also a socially impactful one.” As for Hitachi’s decision to partner with ERA on this donation, “Contributing to local charities has long been a priority for us at Hitachi Solutions,” said Keith Christofferson, information systems analyst at Hitachi. “We are excited to partner with ERA to donate laptops and other items to the Calgary Bridge Foundation for Youth to provide much needed high-quality equipment.” Media representatives are invited to attend and cover this partnership success story as ERA delivers a full truck of computers to the CBFY. Date:               Friday, February 10th 2017 Time:               10:00 AM Location:        The Calgary Bridge Foundation for Youth Suite 208 5920 Macleod Trail SW, Calgary, AB Attendees:       Electronic Recycling Association (ERA) Hitachi Solutions Canada, Ltd. (Hitachi) The Calgary Bridge Foundation for Youth (CBFY) Alberta’s Promise Clients of CBFY 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 Hitachi Solutions Canada, Ltd. Hitachi Solutions America, Ltd. aims to help our clients compete with the largest global enterprises through powerful, easy to use and affordable industry solutions built on Microsoft Dynamics 365 and enhanced with world class business analytics, portals and collaboration tools. About The Calgary Bridge Foundation for Youth The Calgary Bridge Foundation for Youth (CBFY) is a charitable not for profit organization that originated in 1990, and is currently serving over 13,000 individuals annually. For over 26 years CBFY has provided a welcoming and inclusive environment for immigrant and refugee youth and their families as they build a life in Canada. CBFY believes in nurturing collaborative and sustainable partnerships and its unique selling position is its community-led and collective impact model, vast array of programs and the diverse and multilingual staff that tirelessly serve “humanity with humility” and develop “resilient youth who will thrive in vibrant and inclusive communities”. — 30 — Media enquiries may be directed to: Kristi Gartner Marketing and Communications Manager Electronic Recycling Association Phone: 403.262.4488 Pauline Lam Communications Coordinator and Receptionist Calgary Bridge Foundation for Youth Phone: 403.230.7745 Ext. 601
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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  
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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.
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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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Computer Recycling Canada: Giving Tuesday Computer Donations

Three Charities to Receive Thirty Donated Computers on Giving Tuesday

The Electronic Recycling Association to present computers to charities in BC, AB and MB

Giving Tuesday 2016 Calgary, AB (November 23, 2016) — The Electronic Recycling Association (ERA) will be presenting Harvest Project in Vancouver, Inn from the Cold in Calgary and Riverton & District Friendship Center in Manitoba with donated  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 these donations on Giving Tuesday. Each of these charities provides essential services for people experiencing hardship, and they are in dire need of technology to keep up” says Bojan Paduh, founder and president of ERA. “It is so important going into the holidays to remember that there are thousands of Canadians struggling right now.  Giving Tuesday is a really positive reminder and great platform through which we can give back.” Harvest Project will receive 8 computers, Inn from the Cold will receive 11 computers and Riverton & District Friendship Center will receive 14 computers. Media representatives are invited to attend and cover these donation stories.
Recipient Harvest Project Inn from the Cold Riverton & District Friendship Centre
Date Tuesday, November 29 2016 Tuesday, November 29 2016 Tuesday, November 29 2016
Time 11:00am (PT) 11:00am (MST) 11:00am (CT)
Location 1073 Roosevelt Crescent North Vancouver, BC 106, 110-11th Avenue SE Calgary, AB 53 Laura Ave Riverton, Manitoba
Attendees The Electronic Recycling Association (ERA) Harvest Project The Electronic Recycling Association (ERA) Inn from the Cold 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 Harvest Project Harvest Project is a community-based urban relief organization. For more than 23 years, Harvest Project has been reaching out to those who are experiencing extreme challenges with family break-downs, illness, job loss, and poverty. As a social enterprise, their programs provide individual client-coaching and active-listening, provision of food, clothing supports, assistance for workforce re-entry, food-recovery and redistribution, and their retail Clothes For Change Thrift Boutique. http://www.harvestproject.org/ 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. http://innfromthecold.org/ 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. 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. http://www.rivertonfc.com/ — 30 — Media enquiries may be directed to:
Kristi Gartner Marketing and Communications Manager Electronic Recycling Association Phone: 403-262-4488 [email protected] Joe McGuinness Community Engagement Coordinator Harvest Project Phone: 604-983-9488 x314 [email protected] Lynn Cox Resource Development & Communications Manager Inn from the Cold Phone: 403-473-3262 [email protected] Tanis Grimolfson Executive Director Riverton & District Friendship Centre Phone: 204-378-2800 [email protected]
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Local Non Profit Launches Free Computer Assembly Workshop for Youth

ERA unveils Parts to PC, a computer assembly workshop for youth aimed at getting kids involved in creating tech early Calgary, AB (February 23, 2017) – Starting the first Saturday in March, The Electronic Recycling Association (ERA) will offer weekly workshops that will teach youth between the ages of 12 and 15 how to build a computer from parts. The program, called Parts to PC, is volunteer run and offered at no cost to participants. “When I was 13, my family immigrated to Canada. We received a bunch of computer parts from the church group that was helping us settle, and I spent the next weeks teaching myself to put them together,” says Bojan Paduh, president and founder of ERA. “I would have been thrilled to attend a workshop that would show me exactly how everything inside a computer works. It is so empowering to put a bunch of pieces together and all of a sudden have an operational machine. We want this to get kids thinking and getting creative with technology – maybe one day they’ll build their own robot!” Parts to PC offers foundational knowledge of computer hardware, giving participants the ability to troubleshoot and modify computer hardware to suit their desired purpose. Students will be given an overview of crucial parts and their operation, a demonstration of computer assembly and then will be given the opportunity to build and test a computer themselves. The program will run every Saturday from 10:15 am to 12:15 pm at ERA’s Calgary headquarters beginning on Saturday March 4th. Classes are limited to 8 students per week and pre-registration is required. Complete details and a sign-up form can be found at http://new.era.ca/parts-to-pc-computer-assembly-workshop/. 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. — 30 — Media enquiries may be directed to: Kristi Gartner Marketing and Communications Manager Electronic Recycling Association Phone: 403.262.4488
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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.
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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]
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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]
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Computer and Laptop Donations Toronto

Wychwood Open Door and Chai Lifeline Toronto Receive Computer Donations

Now that we have opened a full service depot in Toronto, we are pleased to share 2 donations we made in the area this morning. First, we delivered a donation to Wychwood Open Door, an organization focused on reducing social isolation, boosting nutrition and helping develop life skills among homeless and socially isolated people. They believe that no one in their neighbourhood should go hungry or without basic support systems. The donated computers will help staff continue to deliver helpful programs. Toronto Wychwood donation Next, we visited the team at Chai Lifeline Toronto. Their mission is to help children, and the families of children, who have been diagnosed with a serious illness. Families literally can be torn apart as one parent moves into the hospital to be with the sick child. Siblings, already worried about a brother’s or sister’s health, suffer greatly when their daily routines are disrupted. The financial devastation that can occur when one parent misses work for extended periods of time or leaves work entirely to care for their child can upset even the best-functioning family unit. Chai Lifeline Canada steps in, offering whatever is needed. Counseling for each member of the family, volunteers who bring an extra measure of adult attention and stability to children’s lives, tutoring for children who must miss school for extended periods of time, family retreats, special sibling programs, information, peer and professional support, and two extraordinary summer camp programs for seriously ill children help families retain a sense of normalcy and hope while fighting even the most dire pediatric diseases. All programs are free of charge. Toronto Chai Lifeline Thank-you to all of our amazing donors for supporting our cause, and allowing us to continue making valuable technology donations! Contact us today to book a pick-up for your unwanted computer equipment: [email protected], 1.877.939.2783 (1.877.9EWASTE)  
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