Happy New Year!
Hard to believe that January is almost over when it feels like it’s just begun!
We are so grateful to all our December donors via Giving Tuesday, our Facebook campaign and emails. It was our largest end of year donation ever!
And (drum roll), your monetary donations paid our rent, internet fees, and insurance. That means the Lab stays open for our interns, techs and volunteers. You’ve funded our essential workers! Bravo!
But, let’s remember, even with the changes in the Oval Office and vaccinations on the horizon, COVID and poverty continue to make learning, especially online, a challenge for many students in our community.
We need laptops. Our supply is very, very low.
How can you help? Look around at home - under your bed, desk drawers and closets. Ask around. Solicit your neighbors, family and friends. On your next Zoom or Slack chat, ask your coworkers, IT guys, the boss or friendly customers. You never know who may have an unneeded laptop to donate (with a webcam please!). We need them. The students need them. (And you get a tax receipt!). Click here for our latest donation guide including data security.) Found a laptop (or 20)? Contact us to coordinate a safe drop off or drop us a quick email at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you’ve got a LOT of laptops we will (super happily) pick them up! It’s that easy.
Thanks again for a most rewarding end to 2020 but do not forget to pat yourself on the back. To date, 821 students have benefited from your generosity to Laptop Upcycle! And, if you wanted to donate to our end of year campaigns but simply forgot, just click here.
Mark Zbucki, Board Member & IT Engineer
PS Do you have a student who wants to learn about computers? Our intern program in the lab has resumed in a safe, socially-distanced way. Join the Laptop Upcycle Lab Facebook group to stay up to date or grab a spot for a lab session here!