Here's Francine - she organized a great Earth Day event for employees at the offices of Jonview last Friday April 22, 2016. Over 200 employees were invited to bring their unwanted electronics to work and donate them to reBOOT Canada. Besides a tax receipt and free breakfast, they were given the confidence that their electronic waste was being recycled responsibly and helping Canadians get low cost technology to support skills development, job search and community engagement.
We even got some new signs for the occasion. Great job Brent!
Join these awesome folks in improving people's lives by making a small cash donation. Most laptops we receive are completely reusable with replacement battery - your $25 cash donation can bring one more person online and equipped with the tools to move their lives forward. Here's the link.
The reBOOT team hopes everyone had a safe and fun holiday - and you're as excited as we are about helping more folks across the country get connected, learn new skills and move forward with their lives.
We didn't get everything done that we wanted to last year - we'll need a little more help through donations of quality computers from our excellent donors this year but we have a good team on the ground that seems to be growing and can accomplish a lot.
Last fall we sent out a survey to over 1,000 donors and a third of you provided some great feedback that we'll use to drive our strategy. Your told us that you were concerned with Aboriginal and First Nations issues, poverty and health - and we want to make sure your donations are going to work to support those causes. Stay tuned for updates on that.
More recently, we appreciate the positive feedback on the pick up fees - and sincerely appreciate the concerns as well. The pick up fees were designed to allow us to continue to offer the pick up service in a sustainable way that also offers significant value when compared to a similar service. If we can share the costs, we can help more people - and we can do it with your help.
Operating hours this week:
Scarborough location: phones/inquiries 9am to 5pm, drop offs 930am to 430pm Monday to Friday.
Peterborough location: Mon-Wed 9am -5pm, Thu 9am 6pm, Fri is 9am-5pm and Sat 10am - 2pm.
The reBOOT Canada team
2015 is winding up and we'll be closed down at the Scarborough warehouse from noon December 24th 2015 to 9:00 am Monday January 4 2016 for so much needed recovery. Our Peterborough offices will be closed from Noon December 24 to Monday December 28th, then again from noon December 31st to January 4 2016.
2015 was a good year for reBOOT Canada. We helped many individuals and organizations get connected through our reSTART and reSOURCE program and diverted 100,000 kgs of electronic waste from landfill. We reached out to over 1,000 recent donors and got valuable feedback on how we're processing donations and the issues that we should be focusing on. To all those who responded, thanks for the excellent feedback, we're excited to act on it and look forward to having some updates early in the new year.
We joined forces with reBOOT Peterborough this year, and the addition of Lars, Krijn and Scott - and Simon too - to the team has made an enormous contribution to our capacity to service our clients.
We also grew along with our recycling and logistics partner Electronic Recycling Services and would especially like to thank Paul, Tony, Christine, Keith for your dedication to making the partnership work and Sam for his generous support, both financial and through encouraging us to set high targets.
In 2016, we'll use the previous year as a platform to continue to help people across the country - long-time residents and new comers alike - get access to the tools and connections they need to improve their economic opportunities and stay connected with their community.
On behalf of the reBOOT Canada team - thank you and we wish you a happy and safe holiday,
Your support of reBOOT Canada in the form of donations of used electronics helps members of our community develop skills, increase their economic opportunities and stay connected to family and friends. Since 1995, your donations have helped us dispense over 2,000 laptops and desktops to individuals and important organizations such as Thrive Child and Youth Trauma Services, Weston Frontlines and Rise Asset Development.
In order to build on our charitable activity - and reach even more people in need - effective December 1, 2015, we will require a $50 fee (plus HST) for residential pick ups and $100 fee (plus HST) for small business and corporate donation pick-ups. Also please note disposal fees may also apply for items included in pick ups not suitable for refurbishment or donation. Some examples include non-functioning UPS, batteries, CRT monitors, medical equipment and light bulbs.
You may continue to drop off donations Monday to Friday from 930 am to 4 00 pm at our warehouse at 2450 Lawrence Avenue East Unit 1 (between Kennedy and Midland) at no charge. We may be adding drop off locations in the future, please check our website for updates in that regard.
As a prior donor and in recognition of your generosity, these fees will be waived for you until January 1 2016. You are invited to take advantage of the free* pick up service until then, subject to restrictions.
You can schedule your free* pick up before December 31, 2015 by completing this form or by contacting certified reBOOT Canada agent Keith at 416 534 6017 extension 1.
Appreciate your understanding and ongoing support,
*Some restrictions apply. Charges may apply for corporate pick-ups, please contact us. We will not accept CRT (Cathode Ray Tube) televisions for donation. however we can arrange for removal subject to a flat fee for service as low as $75.
It's been a tough couple of days as we digest the news from Paris and experiences in our own communities.
The team at reBOOT Canada express our concern of the actions leading to the intentional fire and destruction at the Masjid Al-Salaam (Mosque of Peace). Here's a link to the story
Meet Brent Hayes - our reBOOT Canada operations and warehouse manager in Scarborough and a Blue Jays fan since 1977 - before he could form sentences!
Brent's responsibilities include managing donation processing, refurbishing and quality control - and he's the helpful and pleasant guy greeting you as you're dropping off your donation.
On behalf of the reBOOT Canada team we wish Canada's Team the Jays a successful Game 6 in KC!
Over the past week, we've reached out to hundreds of donors from the past three years to find out how reBOOT Canada is managing our donation process. The response has been great and are still coming in - check in to the website in the coming weeks to see the results.
We also recently got some very well-written feedback from one of our reSTART clients in Peterborough - and it was such a good read we're posting the whole thing here:
Last Friday, the Economic Development Committee for the City of Toronto deftly chaired by Cllr. Michael Thompson met to cover off 17 items on a packed agenda. reBOOT Canada was there to learn about the future of internet access and technology in the City – which was addressed in agenda items 6.14 and 6.15 – anchored by Councillor Josh Matlow’s championing of free public internet access in support of an innovative and inviting city. The city is considering a Connectivity Advisory Group, and we think any steps to building a city-wide connectivity
strategy, engaging prime stake holders and opening a discussion about the appropriate allocation of resources in this regard is a positive one. We really hope people see public internet as something that supports economic opportunities, skills development and higher civic engagement, in addition to tourism and positioning the city as an innovation centre. Read Councillor Matlow’s motion here and stay tuned for developments.
So what’s the connection with the picture? Another agenda item at the EDC meeting was recognition of the Maple Leaf Forever Guitar Foundation - founded by Toronto musician Colin Cripps (with Cllrs. Fragadakis and Fletcher and Mayor Tory in the picture) - who led an initiative to reBOOT wood salvaged from the silver maple that inspired the song Maple Leaf Forever by Alexander Muir. reBOOT Canada loves helping people with computers and tech and loves great ideas about getting meaning and value from things that might otherwise be ignored and abandoned. reBOOT Canada also loves cool guitars. A lot. So congratulations to Mr. Cripps and the team behind the Maple Leaf Forever guitars and congratulations to the city for supporting really great ideas!