We at Laptop Upcycle support a simple, yet effective model that gets technology into the hands of students who need it. Laptop Upcycle locates and collects laptop donations, refurbishes them, and then hands them out to eligible students. Our goal is to eliminate the technology gap that directly contributes to the achievement gap in our schools.
In addition to many generous local individual donors and small businesses, we have also received multiple donations from larger companies. Our new “Laptop Legends” program celebrates these corporate donors who have been critical to the success of Laptop Upcycle.
Businesses who forgo the easier option of using a corporate reseller, and who choose to donate laptops to us are making the decision to directly improve the lives of young adults in our schools. We applaud and celebrate these “Laptop Legends” who have decided to give back to our communities, and further our mission of “Give and Get.”
We can think of no better start for our “Laptop Legend” program than our generous donor, Essence.
On May 2, 2019, Laptop Upcycle received a donation of 64 high quality Dell laptops from Essence's New York office. This most recent donation follows three other donations to Laptop Upcycle from the Essence Global IT department, bringing their total donation to date to 140 laptops and chargers.
The donations from Essence have occurred at the most opportune times. The first donation by Essence and its VP of Global Information Technology, Colin McCarthy, of 28 Dell laptops in October, 2016 helped us kick- start our efforts in Montclair, and allowed Laptop Upcycle to provide our first donations, or “gets” to Montclair students at both the High School and Buzz Aldrin Middle School. Since then, we have given out over 420 laptops in our local area. And each time our stock has dipped low, the Essence team has been there with a generous donation to help support our mission.
Most recently, Laptop Upcycle has expanded to our neighboring communities who also have a desperate need for technology for their students. Greater Newark LIfecamp, contacted us this Spring with a request to equip their two classrooms with laptops to support over 500 student campers this summer. The Life Camp gives inner city students the opportunity to enjoy a fulfilling and fun experience in Pottersville, NJ. The most recent donation from Essence gave us the resources to support these kids! In this instance, we are lending laptops to this camp so they may be used during the Summer and then returned to us to be available for local kids or other organizations in need. Essence has helped make this happen. They are truly a “Laptop Legend".
Thank you Essence and Colin McCarthy. Laptop Upcycle welcomes you as our first “Laptop Legend.”
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