Bojan Paduh says while requests for computers from nonprofits have been consistent, incoming donations have not been as steady.
Bojan Paduh, founder and president of the Electronic Recycling Association (ERA), a Vancouver, British Columbia-based nonprofit focused on recycling and refurbishing obsolete electronics, has released a statement asking the public for its unwanted computer equipment.
Paduh is asking the public to consider donating unwanted or retiring computer equipment to ERA, which will then refurbish and donate the equipment to numerous Canadian charities in need of computers. He says while requests for computers from nonprofits have been consistent, incoming donations have not been as steady.
“It has been a unique several months,” says Paduh. “Requests for computer donations are coming in as usual but we aren’t receiving the same amount of retiring corporate equipment, so we can’t keep up.”
Therefore, ERA is reaching out to the public for help. “Most people have old equipment stored somewhere. Even if it isn’t working, our techs can often fix it or use parts to build operational computers. It doesn’t cost anything [and] it frees up valuable storage space. We always ensure data security as our top priority and many times we can even come pick up equipment for free.”
For low-income individuals who cannot afford computers or laptops, they can volunteer their time at ERA’s warehouses across Canada to earn a computer or laptop. ERA donates computer equipment to Canadian charities and nonprofits for free. ERA also has an e-waste fundraising program, which allows participants to raise money for charitable causes by collecting e-waste.
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