The Electronic Recycling Association (ERA) was happy to donate 2 cellphones to clients of the North East Family Connections (NEFC). A father and son were unable to afford them and desperate for devices to contact their employer, school, and each other.
The NEFC provides FREE programs and services for families in the Calgary North East Communities of Castleridge, City Scape, Coral Springs, Falconridge, Martindale, Monterey Park, Pineridge, Red Stone, Rundle, Saddle Ridge, Savannah, Skyview Ranch, Taradale, Temple, and Whitehorn. The programs build knowledge and skills and align with the 1:1 support they receive from them. What makes NEFC’s focus unique is its small group size and ability to attract and build a community of neighbors and peers with a shared experience. This, in turn, builds positive community relationships. Where a community can grow and learn together, which strengthens individual and family capacity to thrive.
The North East Family Connections believes in transferring the accountability and responsibility back into the family unit, combining community-based supports with contracted support services to help families flourish. They believe each family needs different physical, mental, emotional, and economic levels of support. They know that client’s diverse cultural richness means providing services as unique as the needs of their communities.
NEFC believes that to develop resilience in their community they must:
Be embedded in the areas where our families live, work and gather
Foster change and influence by working with community leaders
Be agile, perceptive, and responsive to the changing needs of a complex community
To learn more about the North East Connections (NEFC) please visit their website here.
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.
We believe that reuse before recycling is critical in managing the waste created by computer hardware, and by offering industry-leading data destruction for all equipment we receive, we have securely repurposed hundreds of tons of equipment. Because not everything ERA receives can be reasonably repurposed, we have partnered with certified recycling organizations to process equipment that has reached the end of its productive life.