We were thrilled to attend the InspirAct 2016 Volunteer Fair for the third consecutive year this week! The event is hosted by Calgary Christian School and the purpose of the event is to give students the opportunity to meet and interact with various community and volunteer-based organizations.
Throughout the day, students from seven Calgary schools (a total of nearly one thousand students!) are given time to speak with the organizations they may have interest in about potential volunteer opportunities. At the beginning of each session, several students got up and presented their own great experiences with volunteerism to compel other students to do the same.
The Electronic Recycling Association has been providing Grow Calgary with computer equipment to help them ensure smooth operations since the organization's inception in 2013.
Grow Calgary operates an 11-acre urban agricultural farm, and produce grown there is given to the Calgary Interfaith Food Bank. This program ensures all Calgarians have access to healthy, local food, and it is entirely run by over 4000 volunteers. Donated equipment supports Grow Calgary’s volunteer programs and help its president, Paul Hughes, manage the organization.
January 29 2016
Non-Profit Player in Manitoba E-Cycling Offers Free Community Cleanup Support
The Electronic Recycling Association offers Winnipeg and area community associations free e-waste collection and removal for community cleanup initiatives
Winnipeg, MB — The Electronic Recycling Association (ERA) has been active in Winnipeg and area since early 2015. They have recently expanded their community cleanup services and are now offering Manitoba community cleanup assistance. Community Associations hosting annual cleanups can book ERA to attend their cleanups and collect residents’ e-waste for secure and environmentally responsible processing. Unwanted items such as phones, laptops, computers, printers, tablets, mp3 players, gaming devices and computer parts are all accepted by ERA.
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ERA 2015 Looking Back
Here we are already half way through January! The New Year is off to a busy start, but before we get too far ahead we want to take some time to look back at some of the great things that happened in 2015. We also wanted to take this opportunity to thank all of our incredible donors for their continued support, and our charitable partners for all of the amazing work they do in our communities.
Good News for High-Needs Elementary School The ERA originally met St. Peter School's Principal Bruce Campbell when he came to pick up a laptop that had been donated to the school by ERA behalf of an anonymous donor. While speaking with him, it became evident that students at the school were in need of much more than one laptop. Knowing this, the ERA decided we needed to round up more computers for students at St. Peter's to provide them with the technology necessary to excel at their schoolwork and be given the same opportunities as their peers. On June 17, ERA presented an assembly of children (between the ages of 5 and 11) at St. Peter School with laptops for 20 students to take home and share with their families. But we knew these kids deserved something extra special, so we called up The Calgary Flames mascot, the one and only Harvey the Hound, and asked him if he would come out and present the laptops with us. And, in exchange for just one three pound Milkbone, he did! We had to keep him hidden though, to ensure complete surprise. There is very little you can hide a six and a half foot bipedal dog-human behind, but we managed, and somehow not a single student spotted him prior to the big reveal.For the kids, It started off as just a regular assembly, and from my vantage point at the back of the gymnasium I could see more than a few distracted faces among the group (sorry Mr. Campbell....) Principal Campbell spoke to students about the importance of recycling and reuse, especially in regard to electronic equipment, and told the students that some of them would be receiving their very own laptops in just a few moments. Then, as the wheeled cage containing the computers for students slowly entered the gym through a side door, I started to see some heads turn and heard a whispered... "Harvey!" This realization spread quickly throughout the gymnasium and turned into a full blown frenzy as the famous mascot pushed a cart full of technology in... Please click the image to view the video on YouTube.
October 27 2015
Tsuut’ina Nation Schools to Receive 225 Computers from Local Non-Profit
The Electronic Recycling Association and several of their corporate partners to provide a much-needed donation to benefit high-needs students
CALGARY, AB — On November 3, The Electronic Recycling Association (ERA) will deliver a truckload of computers to the Tsuut’ina Board of Education that will be distributed to Chiila Elementary School, Tsuut-ina Middle School and Tsuut’ina High School. ERA has partnered with a number of corporate donors to facilitate the computer donation, which will allow the schools to upgrade aging and slow equipment. A number of computers will be placed in each classroom to give students access to reliable hardware and the internet, tools the majority of students do not have access to at home. In addition, Calgary Flames mascot Harvey the Hound will attend the donation to interact with students.
Electronic Recycling Association and the Kwantlen Student Association offer responsible disposal of e-waste
Surrey, BC – In recognition of the start of a new school year, the Kwantlen Student Association (KSA) has partnered with the Electronic Recycling Association (ERA) to host an electronics collection and data destruction event for students, residents and businesses of Surrey, BC. Individuals are invited to bring in unwanted electronic equipment (e-waste) to be confidentially recycled. ERA will have an AmeriShred hard drive shredder onsite to physically destroy hard drives. The KSA’s REBOOT computer repair service will on-site offering advice for repairable computers.