By Brent Hayes
On April 19 through 21, 2017, reBOOT Canada returned to 191 The West Mall for another successful eco-event.
In donating their unused electronics to reBOOT Canada, the eco-conscious citizenry of the 185/191/195 The West Mall community provide direct support to our highly popular reSTART, reSOURCE, and reLAY programs.
While the weather was not as sunny as hoped, fresh Timbits and warm smiles from our friends (both old, and new) helped to beat away the chill.
Thank you to everyone who braved the wet-and-windy conditions to support reBOOT Canada’s ongoing efforts. We look forward to see you again, at our next opportunity.
If you would like reBOOT Canada to facilitate e-waste collection at your next corporate event, please email email@example.com for more information.
By Brent Hayes
reBOOT Canada is pleased to announce the launch a new Twitter account – @reBOOTCanada – with a mind to reach a greater audience.
Follow us at https://twitter.com/reBOOTCanada as we communicate our continuing efforts to bridge the digital divide for underserviced Canadians.
As always, we encourage (and appreciate) your in-kind donations of new and used computer equipment. We simply cannot do what we do, without your continued support!
By Brent Hayes
Happy New Year, reBOOT community! We hope you are all well-rested, having enjoyed the holidays, because now it's back to (charitable) business.
As we begin 2017, our collection drive for the reSTART program continues, so we felt a timely limerick might be in order;
You unwrapped a PC on Yule
Now your old one's not used (but works cool)
Show scruples acute
Donate to reBOOT
Give old gear new life through renewal
We need 200 computer donations (before January 31, 2017) to meet the growing demand of our highly-successful reSTART program.
Help us reach our goal. Donate today!
Wishing you and yours all the best this holiday season!
Since 2014, reBOOT Canada's reSTART program has been providing qualified individuals with access to subsidized technologies.
The program continues to earn accolades from across the country but, as the year draws to a close, we find ourselves to be victims of our own success.
Owing to a very basic economic principle - supply and demand - we are unable to fulfill every reSTART request we receive. Call us greedy, but we want to help more reSTART applicants than ever before.
We hope you do too, because we need to ask you for a favour.
As you gather over the holidays, please introduce any family and friends unfamiliar with reBOOT Canada, to the work that we do. Take a moment to share your personal experiences, and express why we are a charity deserving of their support (screening our new video for them may help, too). Lastly, please communicate our specific need for 200 donated computers by January 31st, 2017, to support our current reSTART program.
As your family and friends replace old/obsolete equipment with shiny-new devices over the season, we hope your endorsement of reBOOT Canada will help leverage their consideration in helping us to reach our goal.
On behalf of our 200+ reSTART applicants, thank you for your assistance and continued support.
Situated in the heart of Toronto's picturesque Don Valley, reBOOT Canada is marking its first month at the Evergreen Brick Works. This world-renowned community environmental centre provides visitors with comprehensive lessons in sustainability from the confines of a truly unique city park.
In the interest of continued sustainability, you are encouraged to visit reBOOT Canada Brick Works with your unused computers and electronics, then explore the sprawling Brick Works facility. As always, your donations are eligible for tax-deductible receipts, upon request.
reBOOT Canada Brick Works accepts donations from Monday to Friday, 9am until 5pm. Donors may take advantage of our free 15-minute donor parking, located in the West Parking Lot.
For more information about our Brick Works location, please click here.
Over October 19-20, members of Dream Leasing's 185/191/195 The West Mall office community brought to work their unused electronics, for donation to charity. For the second year in a row, reBOOT CANADA was pleased to set up in the parking lot to receive items, and explain our cause (all the while distributing Timbits).
Donors appreciate that redeployed technology helps under-serviced Canadians acquire low-cost technology to support skills-development, job searching, and community engagement. They may be confident that their electronics waste will be recycled responsibly and that, if requested, they will receive a tax-deductible receipt for the fair-market value of their donated items.
Thank you to everyone at at Jonview Canada, Transat, SNC-Lavalin, GoodLife Fitness, and many others, for supporting reBOOT CANADA’s ongoing efforts. We look forward to our next opportunity.
If you would like reBOOT CANADA to facilitate e-waste collection at your next corporate event, please email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
July has seen the start of a new project involving reBOOT Canada, run under the supervision of PEACH Youth in Toronto. PEACH Youth is located in the Jane Finch community and focuses on at-risk youth through various programs. The new program is part of PEACH’s Innovation Hub and will allow 10 participants all specially selected by PEACH to cut their teeth at computer repairs, computer refurbishment and selling computers. We expect great things of this project and will provide regular updates about it on our website and in the upcoming newsletters this fall.
Last fall, we launched a search for a community organization, social enterprise or small business with street level storefront access in order to provide free internet wi fi to visitors and travellers in the vicinity.
We're very happy to be working with Parkdale Activity-Recreation Centre and Parkdale Community Legal Services to move on to the implementation stage.
In the coming weeks, reBOOT Canada (www.rebootcanada.ca), PARC (www.parc.on.ca) and PCLS (www.parkdalelegal.org) will be launching the first reBOOT reLAY Neighbourhood Network hotspot from the PARC and PCLS facilities at 1499 Queen St. West and 1266 Queen St. West respectively.
The goal is to have free wi fi coverage along Queen Street West between Sorauren and the Dufferin area, for use by the public, in order to see what if any impact free access to the internet has on members of the community and assess opportunities for expansion and replication. Discussions are ongoing with other Parkdale organizations and more information on those developments will be shared once available.
The hot-spots are expected to be live by the end of June, 2016.
We sincerely appreciate the cooperation and support of PARC and PCLS and their commitment to this pilot . We also look forward to fine tuning and expanding the network and hopefully growing it to serve more of the community.