Calgary Agencies Receive Recycled Computers Donation.



    CALGARY, Jan. 27 /CNW/ - In the current economic environment,
organizations, especially not-for-profits, cannot afford to let any resources
go to waste. For many, it is simply not feasible to set-up their organization
with the latest state-of-the-art equipment, regardless of how much it is
needed. Thankfully there are organizations like Electronic Recycling
Association (ERA) that are able to step up and help acquire the necessary
resources to operate.
    Today, the ERA plans to distribute a total of 57 refurbished desktops and
17 laptop computers to several of Alberta's Promise Partners in Calgary. The
largest donation will be 22 desktops and 2 laptops given specifically for
Habitat for Humanity Calgary. As Alberta's Promise Partners, each agency
receiving the computers has a focus on helping children and youth. The ERA is
an Alberta's Promise Builder that ensures these organizations have the
necessary resources to operate and this is the third donation they have made
to Calgary Promise Partners.
    "In 2009, the ERA plans to donate even more laptops and computers to
various charities in Alberta," says Bojan Paduh, ERA Director. "During these
difficult financial times, charities and other non-profit organizations often
find it impossible to be able to afford computers."
    "Alberta's Promise is proud to have partners like the ERA committed to
helping local children and youth organizations," says Tyra Henschel, Executive
Director of Alberta's Promise. "ERA has proven to be a dedicated Promise
Partner, having recently renewed their Alberta's Promise Partnership to make
sure they do their part to give children and youth the resources they need to
grow into healthy productive adults."
    Habitat for Humanity Calgary will use their computers to outfit the homes
they provide to the families that they serve. Each donation provided by ERA is
created from formerly unwanted computers and related equipment. The ERA will
erase previously stored information, refurbish the equipment and create a
computer system that will fit the needs of the receiving organizations. As a
result, the ERA relies on the donation of generous organizations to provide
them with their old equipment instead of throwing it out.
    "With the Holidays now over, we are trying to encourage everyone who got
a new computer or laptop to donate their old systems to the ERA," says Paduh.
"Literally thousands of tonnes of electronic equipment are being dumped or
smelted by recycling facilities, while there are hundreds of organizations
waiting for computers to be donated to them. We are proudly donating these
systems at no charge. As a non-profit ourselves; we know how difficult it can
be without the much needed support of local businesses and the community."

    The Electronic Recycling Association is a non-profit organization
dedicated to reducing electronic waste through the reuse and donation of
unwanted computers and related equipment. First attempting to reuse the
equipment before recycling it, The ERA will sort through all equipment and
refurbish any items that can be salvaged. In turn, the ERA donates the
equipment to various charities and non-profit groups.

    Alberta's Promise has helped foster an ever-growing partnership base of
over 1,164 that has invested more than $250 million to benefit the children
and youth of Alberta. The success of the Alberta's Promise program reflects
the collective responsibility all Promise Partners share to foster the next
generation of Albertans.

    Habitat for Humanity Calgary is a leader in providing housing to
low-income families. They work in partnership with families and the community
to build hope through the construction of simple, decent and affordable homes
for Calgary's families in need. Their goal is to help families break the cycle
of poverty for their children.





For further information:

For further information: Will Tigley, Marketing Communications Manager,
Alberta's Promise, Office: (403) 297-7457, Cell: (403) 660-5064; Joanna
Trebon, Accounts and Operations Manager, Electronic Recycling Organization,
Office: 1-877-939-2783 ext. 0

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