Imperial Oil Hears Non-Profits Plea for Laptops During COVID-19

The Electronic Recycling Association and Imperial Oil join forces to support the community by providing laptops to kids in need

During the COVID-19 pandemic, the Electronic Recycling Association (ERA) has seen a surge for laptop and computer requests from families in need across Canada. With the new generated demand, ERA has introduced a program called “Lending a Lifeline by Lending a Laptop”. This program is built to help families and organizations access technology from home. ERA reached out to businesses for help as within a few days of this program being active their list of applications went from hundreds to thousands.

“A lack of access to computers and the Internet can limit opportunities for children. These donations will act as an anchor so that they can complete their homework through these unprecedented times,” said Bojan Paduh, Founder and CEO of the Electronic Recycling Association. “We are pleased to invite Imperial Oil on board to assist in helping kids gain access to technology and look forward to this partnership.”

Recently, Imperial Oil donated 500 laptops that will support online learning and help meet the high demand for technology devices while classrooms remain closed. This donation will not only support students attending schools run by the Calgary Board of Education but organizations and other school districts in need at this time.

Even though ERA is thrilled to receive this donation, it will only cover 10% of their overall need for laptops and computers. ERA is still looking for more businesses to follow in Imperial Oils footsteps to create a better environment by reducing the negative impact e-waste generates by reusing technology.

About the Electronic Recycling Association

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.

About Imperial Oil

Imperial Oil is a Canadian petroleum company. It is Canada’s second-biggest integrated oil company. Exxon Mobil Corp. has a 69.6 percent ownership stake in the company. It is a significant producer of crude oil, diluted bitumen and natural gas, Canada’s major petroleum refiner, a key petrochemical producer and a national marketer with coast-to-coast supply and retail networks. Its retail operations include Esso-brand service stations and On the Run/Marché Express and Tiger Express-brand convenience stores.