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.
Are you an IT professional looking for an opportunity to oversee a project with abundant social benefits?
Are you a great coach? Think on your feet? Like people? Celebrate differences? We want to hear from you -
please read the job description and send you resume with cover letter to:
Hiring Committee at Info@peachyouth.org
The deadline is, June 15, 2016 – 11:59pm
We're looking forward to hearing from you!
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