ERA and Immigrant Services Calgary team up to donate over 50 laptops on World Refugee Day
Clients from Immigrant Services Calgary will receive a refurbished computer to help them successfully integrate into the Calgary community.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CALGARY, AB – JUNE 18, 2020 – With World Refugee Day approaching, The Electronic Recycling Association (ERA) and Immigrant Services Calgary (ISC) have partnered together to #StepWithRefugees.
The Electronic Recycling Association is excited to announce that it will be holding a donation event on World Refugee Day to provide 55 laptops to the clients of Immigrant Services Calgary, a non-profit charitable organization that provides a wide range of settlement services to immigrants and refugees looking to begin their lives in Canada. The ERA is thrilled to be a part of supporting newcomers with the means to achieve successful integration through a laptop they can use to take online English classes, complete schoolwork, and also to keep in touch with family overseas.
From March to May, Government Assisted Refugees made up 15% of the immigrant population accessing support at Immigrant Services Calgary, and the organization’s Settlement and Community Centre averagely supports over 1500 refugees arriving in the city each year.
Bojan Paduh, the Founder of the Electronic Recycling Association said, “In today’s world reuse should always come before recycle. A lot of times we upgrade our tech to the newer, faster version, even though our old devices usually still have plenty of life left in them. A lack of access to computers and the internet can limit opportunities for individuals so instead of recycling perfectly usable equipment, at ERA we donate these computers to those in need. We are happy to support the clients of Immigrant Services Calgary on World Refugee Day.”
“Canada is a world leader in unleashing the economic, social, and civic potential of immigrants” said Hyder Hassan, CEO of Immigrant Services Calgary. “Refugees make up one of the important populations that we serve, and together with ERA we are providing a platform to communicate with their families back home, engage with the Canadian job market, and make new connections in the community.
Internet access and digital devices are an integral part of the immigration process, and recent studies have shown that new Canadians are more active online than those who are Canadian-born. These activities include making online purchases, messaging, banking, and video calls.
The Electronic Recycling Association (ERA) is a non-profit organization founded in 2004 to address the growing problem of e-waste and the increasing ‘digital divide’. For over fifteen years, ERA has offered simple solutions to help individuals and organizations prevent operational equipment from premature destruction. With a focus on recovery, refurbishment and reuse, ERA continuously supplies charitable groups with donated IT equipment while securely managing the retiring IT assets of organizations and individuals across Canada.
Immigrant Services Calgary (ISC) is non-profit charitable organization in Calgary, AB. Founded in 1977, it provides a wide range of settlement services to immigrants and refugees to help them begin a new chapter of their lives in Canada. Its services foster social integration and economic success.