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Britannia Lodge Receives a Donation

Three Laptops for Learning, Exploring and Staying Connected

Back in November, we donated 3 laptops to Britannia Lodge. They are a ‘special needs’ assisted living mental health care facility, offering the highest levels of care and support in a nurturing and comfortable home-like environment on a full-time basis. The primary focus of staff and management is to ensure the happiness and promote both the physical and mental health of residents. Their staff works closely with residents, family members, medical professionals, and Vancouver Coastal Health officials to constantly improve upon their exceptional standards and better the quality of life of their residents.

While speaking with Vicki Robinson from the Activity Department she expressed, “We are extremely grateful for the donation of 3 laptops from ERA to our residents. They have been learning to compute on borrowed tablets with the Vancouver Library community librarian, in the facility. Having laptops to freely use, residents are able to make and maintain family contacts over Skype, find the street they grew up on, send emails, find favourite recipes, read foreign newspapers and laugh at puppies on YouTube. This generous donation has enabled another way for the residents of a care facility to connect with their community and the world at large. Thank you very much.”

Britannia Lodge

If you are interested in knowing more about this amazing organization please visit their website: http://www.britannialodge.org/

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Grants Mission to Cuba

Helping Cubans Gain Access to Technology

We were thrilled to donate 8 laptops and 2 projectors to Grant Schwartzenberger who will be going to Cuba on a short-term mission within the middle of January 2018 with his wife. These laptops will be used to benefit some of the churches and pastors within Cuba, for personal and professional use. We wish them all the best!

Grant

If you would like to learn more about this amazing opportunity, please visit http://www.efccm.ca/wordpress/

If you are a charitable organization, school, individual or nonprofit organization and are in need of laptops and computers, please visit our website here.

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Peterborough Church Receives a Donation

Helping the Greek Orthodox Church Achieve their Goals!

Our team in Toronto delivered a donation to the Greek Orthodox Church of Peterborough. They received a laptop which will play a major part in the role of preaching to the public through their online resources.

Greek Orthodox Church

When speaking with Nick Avlonitis, a member of the board of Directors at the Greek Orthodox Church he expressed, “The laptop will certainly come in handy for our upcoming event in Peterborough. The event is known as the Greek Festival and takes place in June.”

We wish them all the best with their upcoming events and for the foreseeable future.

Keep up the fantastic work! 

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Family Fire Victims Receive 2 Laptops

Victims of a Fire in the Calgary Area Receive Gifts of Hope

It's an unfortunate event to happen so close to Christmas, a family fell victim to a house fire in Calgary. Due to this fire, many of their belongings were lost including the families computer. This computer was a vital asset to the children's education and social life. A family friend reached out to ERA expressing his concern for the victims. We worked with him to help the parents provide 2 laptops to their young children so that they would have a present to open up on Christmas day. Fire Victims If you are in need of a laptop or computer and don't know if you're eligible, please fill out the form below and a member of our staff will be in touch. https://www.era.ca/computer-recycling-apply-for-a-donation/
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Closer to Home Community Services Receives a Donated Laptop

Fostering a Better Community, One Laptop at a Time

The ERA was delighted to donate a laptop to the Closer to Home Community Services in Calgary. Closer to Home Community Services (CTH) is a charitable organization that envisions a future where every child will belong to a family and feels valued and secure. Closer to Home’s mission is Empowering Families to Stay Together. This is the focus of everything they do. Through the use of evidence-based practices and innovative solutions, Closer to Home strives to preserve, reunify and build stronger families who can care for their children and contribute meaningfully to their community. Their family-centered, strength-based services ensure that children have stable, healthy and safe living environments in which to grow and develop. And in some cases, when families are separated, they provide a place for children and youth to call home while offering therapeutic support with the ultimate goal of family reunification. This laptop will be used to help Closer to Home Community Services reach out to those in need. It will ensure their day to day tasks are complete and new programs and initiatives can be implemented and monitored throughout the day. Closer to Home Community Services For more information about this organization, please visit https://calgaryclosertohome.com/about-us  
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Toronto Receive Another Donated Laptop

ERA Donates to TDSB at the Sick Kids Hospital in Toronto

We were delighted to donate a laptop to the Toronto District School Board teachers (TDSB). This laptop will be used to help manage existing programs and help initiate new ones within the organization. It will be a huge benefit for administrative tasks and scheduling.

The TDSB is a group of Elementary and Secondary teachers who work with the patients receiving medical care at SickKids to support their learning needs and goals. The teachers are employees of the TDSB.

If you would like to know more about this great organization, please visit their website for more information.

Sick Kids Toronto

If your organization is in need of a donation, please visit our website here.

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Our Place Community of Hope Receives a Laptop

Providing Laptops to Organizations who Provide Hope

We were delighted to provide Our Place Community of Hope with a donated laptop. This laptop will replace their old computer which no longer operates due to being outdated and slow at functioning. The computer was used for a lot of their programs and the maintenance of their website. Some of the programs include movie and karaoke night. This laptop will be a great addition and we wish them all the best.

Our Place Community of Hope provides a ministry of hospitality and presence to people experiencing mental health issues, through a community which seeks to include all people by affirming and empowering them towards personal and communal responsibility.

Founded in 1969 Our Place provides a frontline response to the changing needs of people living with mental illness.

Our Place Community of Hope

They offer a wide range of activities that are all designed to provide their participants with the opportunity to interact with others – building social skills, tolerance for conflict and a support network of friends.

Our Place programs are strictly voluntary and anyone can join as they wish. Many of their new program participants choose to observe first and begin to get involved in activities that interest them when they feel more comfortable. Regular programs facilitate bonding among their members by enabling small groups to participate together.

If you would like to learn more about this organization, please visit https://www.ourplacecommunityofhope.com/

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Ronald Macdonald Receives a Donated Laptop

Ronald McDonald House: Helping to keep families close by means of Technology

We were delighted to donate a laptop to the Ronald McDonald House. Their mission is to create, find and support programs that directly improve the health and well-being of children and their families. The Ronald McDonald House believes in core values which comprise of leading with compassion, focusing on the critical needs of the children and their families, celebrating the diversity of their people and programs, valuing their heritage and operating with accountability and transparency. At Ronald McDonald House Southern Alberta, they provide a home away from home for families travelling to Calgary for their child’s medical treatment. This house is located across the street from Alberta Children’s Hospital, their house offers a warm, welcoming and compassionate environment where families can stay close to their child receiving medical care. This laptop will be a great benefit to the house and will be taken advantage of by the whole household even the guests. Ronald McDonald House If you are looking for more information about this charitable organization, please visit https://www.rmhcsca.org/what-we-do/southern-alberta/
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YWCA Durham Receives a Donated Laptop

Investing a laptop in YWCA who Invests Time in Women

Our team in Toronto were out in full force last week donating laptops to organizations throughout Toronto. One of the organizations to receive a laptop was YWCA Durham. YWCA Durham in Ontario is a feminist organization that believes in, supports and advocates for:
  • Equity: They recognize that an investment in women, children, youth, and families builds a stronger future for everyone.
  • Diversity:  They honour and are committed to diversity and inclusion.
  • Self Determination: They respect and support the right for women and girls to make their own choices.
  • Accountability: They conduct ourselves with integrity to ensure a high level of accountability and transparency.
YWCA Durham
YWCA Durham is a trusted community leader that provides high-quality programs, services, and resources that respond to the needs of women, children, youth, and families. This laptop was needed at YWCA to act as an aid in their office. We wish them all the best with their mission and the best of luck for the year ahead. If you would like to learn more about YWCA Durham, please visit http://www.ywcadurham.org/about-us
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Recap on ERA’s Highlights of 2017

Our Recap of 2017: A Record-Breaking Year at the ERA

We wanted to take some time to look back at the great things that happened in 2017. We also wanted to take this opportunity again 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

2017 has been a record-breaking year for donations at the ERA, we quadrupled our outgoing donations compared to previous years. We are committed to providing electronic devices such as laptops and computers to individuals and charitable organizations in need throughout Canada.

In 2017, on Giving Tuesday, we made the largest donation to date providing 12 organizations and communities across Canada with a donation of 300 computers. ERA built many new and exciting relationships with organizations and companies in 2017 but one that stood out the most was our joined partnership with Shell Canada. We look forward to continuing our work with them in the coming year.

Shell Canada

On February 10th 2017, ERA teamed up with another great company called Hitachi to deliver our second largest donation in 2017 of 100 laptops to the Calgary Bridge Foundation for Youth. Most of the laptops were distributed to families accessing CBFY’s services, while some of them remained at their facility in a new onsite computer lab that is accessible to all of their clients.

cbfy

Community Cleanups

In 2017, we helped 15 community associations across Canada with their annual community cleanups. The 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 2018, if you are interested please contact us today!

New Program for the youth: Parts to PC

ERA unveiled Parts to PC, a computer assembly workshop for youth aimed at getting kids involved in creating tech early. This fantastic program took place in March 2017 and it’s offered once a month on a Saturday morning. This workshop teaches youth between the ages of 12 and 15 how to build a computer from parts. This program is volunteer run and offered at no cost to participants.

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 are given an overview of crucial parts and their operation, a demonstration of computer assembly and then are given the opportunity to build and test a computer themselves.

School Presentations – Educating the Future of Tomorrow

In June 2017, ERA decided to take to the schools of Calgary and educate the students about the importance of going green and technology.

Our presentation consists of the following:

  • Introduction to ERA
  • About our Founder
  • Our Mission and Vision
  • Reuse Vs Recycle
  • What hazard materials are in each of your technology?
  • Our Programs and Community Initiatives
  • Service Overview
  • Partnerships
  • Pop Quiz and Prizes

We combine the visual and practical aids within each of our presentations, which keep the children engaged and interested in the topic at hand. We believe that the children of today are the future of tomorrow, so why not educate them? If your school is interested in ERA presenting and educating your students, please email [email protected] for more information. 

Free Phone Service for Charitable Organizations

In April 2017, ERA started offering free VoIP phone services (1-5 phone lines per charity) as an extension of our charitable donation program. This service is no charge and offers incoming and outgoing Canada-wide calls. We look forward to helping charities out with this service in 2018.

ERA Provides Free Services for Cisco Operators in Calgary

In May 2017, ERA created a Cisco lab to assist network operators and Cisco students in training who may not have the facilities or funds to rent their own lab. This free Cisco lab is dedicated to providing educational help for students pursuing Cisco certifications like CCNA and CCNP. This service mainly benefits students who do not have the experience as this service offers physical experience working with actual routers and switches. It provides exam preps and free lab scenarios for a better understanding of the following; routing, switching, security, VOIP, and wireless.

Canada: Celebrating 150 Years of Canadian Greatness

2017 marked 150 years of Canadian history. The ERA was pleased to celebrate this with fellow Canadian-owned businesses through our Canada 150 promotion (50% off destruction). 

Annual Initiatives Stepped Up

It was a busy year for events at the ERA. Throughout the year, we engaged in a lot of new and exciting initiatives.

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 2017, 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.

  • March 18, 2017 – CrossIron Mills, Calgary, Alberta
  • March 25, 2017 – Medicine Hat, Alberta
  • March 30, 2017 - North Vancouver, BC

In April, ERA celebrated Earth Day, partnering with North Park Secondary School to collect e-waste. Also, we held our annual Earth Month Challenge throughout Canada where we offered free pickups throughout the month of April and the top 5 donors won a tree planted in their name.

On August 17th, we hosted our 7th 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 (WRW), we held a competition between October 16th and October 22nd throughout Canada. For this competition, all you needed to do was drop off your unwanted electronics to any one of our depots with the competition poster and you would have been in with a chance of winning a refurbished laptop.

We partnered with CrossIron Mills and SouthCentre Mall in Calgary to promote Waste Reduction Week and encouraged individuals to participate in our competition.

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.

If you are looking to hold an event for WRW 2018 and would like ERA to participate, please contact [email protected] and we would be happy to help.

The Twelve Donations of Christmas 

Lastly, ‘The Twelve Donations of Christmas’ a new initiative we came up with in December of 2017. We donated 12 laptops to 12 organizations that were picked by the public just in time for Christmas. This was a successful initiative and we will be continuing this for the coming years.

The ERA would like to wish you all a happy new year filled with new hope, new joy, and new beginnings!

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