Great to see Jon on Good Morning America today helping to spread the news on organizations working to close the digital divide that affects so many in NJ and across the US. Back in 2018, we met Jon and the team at Laptop Upcycle and have partnered to support several other non-profits including 3 programs run by Rising Tide Capital in Jersey City and Newark, a Newark Kids Code program and a digital literacy S.T.E.A.M program run by Sister to Sister in Montclair. Over 100 laptops were distributed along with 15+ desktops, monitors, keyboards and mice. We look forward to continued collaborations with our National Cristina Foundation and AFTRR partner. .
Timeline PhotosThe children who lack internet and computers now also lack access to education. If you have access to computers or laptops, let us know. We can distribute them at this crucial time. #donatetechnology #donatetech #covid-19 #coronavirus bit.ly/3gU0iV4... See MoreSee Less
Electronic Access Foundation volunteers Greg Campbell from Thomas Murphy & Associates and Ryan McFadden from Verizon Wireless were on hand donating 25 laptop computers to students of East Orange’s new Virtual S.W.E.P. (Summer Work Experience Program), a dynamic virtual learning experience held in collaboration with the City of East Orange, V.I.P Online Academy, and Seton Hall University.
The computers were distributed to eligible students in order to ensure their ability to fully participate in the city’s remote learning experience thanks to EAF, a non-profit established for the purposed of donating surplus electronic equipment to people in need, and Grades for Life, a nonprofit organization that provides incentives for students to achieve in academics and the trades. Electronic Access Foundation and Grades for Life are long time partners of the National Cristina Foundation.
Students who are enrolled in the personal care cohort will also be receiving 60 hair and makeup kits courtesy of Janet Collection and KISS USA.
The distribution took place in front of 44 City Hall Plaza in East Orange on Friday, July 24 at 11am.
“As more services, programs and activities have shifted to virtual platforms during the pandemic, the digital divide has become more evident than ever, especially among our school-age population,” said Mayor Green. “I am extremely grateful to acknowledge the generosity of the Electronic Access Foundation, which has helped us bridge the gap for our young people trying to learn. I also thank Janet Collection and KISS USA for providing our students with hands-on tools to amplify their training.” ... See MoreSee Less
As a 100% volunteer organization, it's great to hear and see the impact of our efforts. During the last 4 years, we've enjoyed watching the technology we've provided to Homeless Solutions Inc help young adults move on to college, parents get online training and certifications for better jobs, families transitioning faster into permanent housing and children learning and participating in a fall robotics program. Seeing the success that HSI has with refurbished technology reminds us every day to keep soliciting businesses for computers, laptops and tablets that they no longer use.
"Since 2016, Homeless Solutions Inc. (HSI) has been the beneficiary of Electronic Access Foundation’s (EAF) technological generosity. Greg Campbell of EAF has connected HSI with thousands upon thousands of dollars of in-kind gifts of desktop computers, laptops, monitors and other electronic equipment for our residents and staff. These gifts have enabled our residents to access online resources to better their lives. In this time of global pandemic, these gifts are even more valuable as our residents must cope with sheltering in place, some working from home while their children attend school remotely. EAF also put HSI in contact with The Cristina Foundation which matches our technology needs with local donors who are in their national database. HSI is extremely grateful to Greg and EAF for their continuing support in helping HSI give a hand up to the most vulnerable members of our community."
Great to see the State of New Jersey joining the effort and that State Senator Teresa Ruiz played a big part in making this first step. We hope the Senator and her team will meet with us to hear about all of our efforts in the last 5+ years to close the digital divide by working with other non-profits supporting low income, veteran and disabled populations and distributing over 4000 pieces of refurbished equipment in the last 3 years that had been donated to EAF. There are already boots on the ground in many communities working towards this goal and hopefully the state will support those of us working with limited or no funding first.Today is a great step for educational equity. Closing the digital divide is part of a comprehensive solution to ensure every child has the opportunity to succeed. When you speak truth to power the possibilities to create a public agenda for everyone are endless. Thank you Governor Phil Murphy, Senate President Steve Sweeney and New Jersey Department Of Education Commissioner Lamont Repollet. #NoMoreLearningLoss #Equity #NJ #DigitalDivide #Power #Poder #Igualdad #Education #EducationforAll ... See MoreSee Less
Timeline PhotosThe children who lack internet and computers now also lack access to education. Nationwide call-to-action for Businesses to donate used computers to help bridge this GAP #donatetechnology #donatetech #covid-19 #coronavirus bit.ly/37Eiui2... See MoreSee Less
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A big THANK YOU to Pam and American Water Military Services for their donation of Dell 22" monitors this week which were taken directly to Homeless Solutions (Morristown,NJ) to help upgrade smaller monitors being used at their Shelter, Transitional Housing Facility and their office. The need for working desktops, laptops, tablets and larger monitors is greater than ever. If you have equipment at your business that you no longer use, please consider donating that equipment to Electronic Access Foundation so that we can continue to support Homeless Solutions and other organizations like them. Thanks again American Water Military Services!! ... See MoreSee Less
Timeline PhotosFifty-four percent of all teachers said their students had adequate internet access at school, but only 18% said their students had adequate access at home. Nationwide call-to-action for Businesses to donate used computers to help bridge this GAP #donatetech, #donatetechnology #digitalinclusion #digitaldivide #donatetechnology #donatetech #covid-19 #coronavirus bit.ly/2Xo2Brg... See MoreSee Less
Timeline PhotosTelehealth is a critical tool in the fight against COVID-19. It’s a vital lifeline for overloaded care providers, but lack of computing devices impacts both patients and providers. You can help at bit.ly/3d1rjEi #donatetechnology #telehealth #covid-19 #coronavirus ... See MoreSee Less