Dec 10 21

Medical Careers Readiness

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HTI donated laptops to Medical Careers Readiness of North Carolina (MCR), a medical training center that serves the focused areas of Vance, Warren, Franklinton, and Granville county regions. Donated Chromebooks from HTI helped students to continue their studies and preparation to take National Exams. The impact has been both immediate and profound. Since HTI donated the devices students demonstrated a 30 percent score boosting success rates to 97 percent. MCR expressed strong appreciation for the opportunity to partner with HTI and hopes to receive additional Chromebooks to utilize for the students. MCR provides use of the devices for students that do not have technology resources available to them. As shown in the picture below, needs surpassed current supply. One student even had to rely on her mobile device to take her exam before the donation.

MCR strives to have devices available to help students achieve their goals and become successful. They expressed sincere gratitude for the work HTI does in the community and the impact that it has on small businesses and students’
success. At HTI, we count these successes as victories in the battle to build community resilience. The counties in which we serve have been designated by the government as socially and economically disadvantaged. According to the US Census Bureau, approximately 28 percent of Vance County residents lived below the federal poverty level and 60 percent higher than other NC counties. Based on the statistics, MCR understood the need to promote self-sufficiency to all people including low- and moderate-income families through specialized training programs that offer career development and sustainability.

Thankfully, HTI has been able to help in the past and will continue to support MCR in the future

Sep 29 21

Juniper Level: Refurbishing an Old School For New Opportunities

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A century ago, two men with a shared dream of increasing educational opportunities for Black people came together. The results of their efforts are felt in and around Raleigh and throughout the nation. Their stories could not have involved more different origins. Still, they fused a common purpose in building Panther Branch, also called Juniper Level, and almost 20 other schools throughout the Raleigh area.

In his work Up From Slavery, renowned civil rights leader and educational pioneer Booker T. Washington described the first instance he heard of a school for Black people. He shared, “one day at the coal mine, I happened to overhear two miners talking about a great school for coloured people somewhere in Virginia.” As he strained to hear, Washington said he heard about “opportunities . . . provided by which poor, but worthy students” could work to pay for tuition, board, and supplies.”

“As they went on describing the school, it seemed to me to be the greatest place on earth, and not even Heaven presented more attractions to me at that time than the Hampton Normal and Agricultural Institute in Virginia,” Washington recalled.

To build the school system he dreamed of, Washington partnered with Julius Rosenwald. Rosenwald was a Jewish entrepreneur and investor born during the most violent period of the Civil War in Springfield, Illinois. Raised by the owner of a small clothing store, Rosenwald developed what some called “a genius for retail.” His natural talent led him to invest in the innovative Sears and Roebuck company, becoming its president at 33.

Rosenwald’s instincts for philanthropy matched those of his entrepreneurial prowess. His generous nature coupled well with the idea that money donated should never be money wasted. Rosenwald once mused, “I can testify that it is nearly always easier to make $1,000,000 honestly than to dispose of it wisely.”

Rosenwald’s commitment to humanity stemmed from his devotion to his Reform Judaism faith. Uneasy with the great wealth that accompanied success and responsibility, he turned to his rabbi. Alongside teachings from his rabbi, Rosenwald studied Moses Maimonidies’ ideas on the eight degrees of charity. As a result, he became determined to share his wealth and wanted to do it in the most effective manner possible.

At the opening of the 20th century, education for many people of color meant more than pursuing career opportunities. For example, Jim Crow laws made participation in voting contingent on one’s ability to read and write. In addition, testing standards intentionally imposed disadvantages on people of color, requiring them to understand complicated text while white counterparts had to comprehend child-level literature.

Rosenwald approached Washington after reading his landmark autobiography. Coming from a historically oppressed community himself, Rosenwald reached out to Washington to work together to solve the mass undereducation of black youth in America.

Washington and Rosenwald resolved to help young black youths break down barriers through education. Together, they would build more than 5,300 “Rosenwald schools” throughout the rural South. Rosenwald believed in only making large donations when other partners had substantial “skin in the game.” An equal division of finances from himself, local government, and community combined to fund the schools.  

Rosenwald schools targeted middle school-aged children, providing vital education when obligations to household work started to demand their time. Washington and Rosenwald’s work provided an essential service in preparing young men and women to desire more for their lives than working manual labor jobs.

By the time Juniper Level opened in 1926, Rosenwald schools had sprouted across the nation. North Carolina boasted the most of any state with several built-in and around the Wake County area. 

As Shaw University alum Ella Perry recently told Walter Magazine, the community constructed the school. She explained, “I listened to my dad talk about how the men in the community built the school.” Timber for the building came from her uncle’s farm. Many pitched in to contribute to making the school a local centerpiece. Across the country, similar efforts made Rosenwald schools the pride of local communities almost everywhere they were found. 

The mission of the Rosenwald schools ended in 1956 when Chief Justice Earl Warren led the United States Supreme Court to strike down segregated schools. As children integrated across the country, school systems built for black students disintegrated as they joined their fellow students at established white schools. 

Many students like Ms. Perry kept fond memories of their time in schools like Juniper Level even as the nation made the right decision to strike down school segregation, one of the more odious aspects of Jim Crow laws.

Today, the building may no longer serve as an active educational facility, but it has lost none of the love and admiration from the community. Just as when built nearly a century ago, the local community has come together to raise money, donate supplies, and a lot of elbow grease to restore the building to its original splendor.

HTI is proud to support the efforts of Juniper Level Missionary Baptist Church as it leads the way in restoring this community’s crown jewel. Just as we refurbish old laptops for new uses, this building can help the church expand its mission to help young men and women achieve their goals. We proudly make a Google Chromebook donation to assist in these efforts.

Together we can make what was old and possibly forgotten a new pillar of hope and success. 

May 3 21

Special Thanks to Our Earth Day Partners

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To celebrate the beauty of the earth and preservation of resources, this Earth Day for two weeks in April HTI encouraged people to donate their unused, unwanted, or just plain old laptops to our facilities for us to refurbish and convert into Google Chromebooks to donate to those without proper access to technology 

HTI would like to extend a huge thank you to all participants who allowed us to place donation bins at their establishment. The inaugural laptop drive was a huge success as we collected over 50 laptops. Aside from our own office, organizations in Henderson and Raleigh came together to support our mission in being a better option to dispose of technology and obtaining resources to donate to those who don’t have proper access. 

A huge thank you to Perry Library, Restoring Bodies and Minds, Freedom Life Church, Veterans Life Center, Southwest Raleigh Learning Center, StepUp Ministry, Mordecai Beverage Company and  Church Street Park for your support. As well as the Vance County Chamber of Commerce, Freedom House, and Christian Faith Center for promoting our efforts. 

View our recap video on our YouTube channel.

Mar 22 21

Providing New Opportunity in the Homeless Community

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Last year, the globe was faced with hardship when COVID-19 struck and forced many out of work and home. Part of HTI’s mission is to provide technology to those who are underemployed or unemployed looking to restart their career. 

On February 10, HTI made a donation to Oak City Cares in order to help facilitate their initiative creating educational life and employment opportunities for those who are near or currently homeless.

OCC told HTI this donation would aid them in providing on-site life assistance classes to those they serve, which will include educational and employment skills taught by outside professionals. 

Oak City Cares  was created as a hub for at risk and current homeless individuals and families, providing service professionals, as well as medical providers to help create a stable and secure path to success for those who are involved. When classes are able to begin, HTI is excited to see how these new classes create opportunities for the individuals served.

If you would like to become part of the journey to success for a current or at risk homeless individual or family, please consider donating to HUBZone Technology Initiative. Visit the donation section of our website for more information on how to donate monetary or technology resources to aid our mission.

Mar 16 21

Helping Women Regain Strength and Pursue their Dreams

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“There is nothing stronger than a broken woman who has rebuilt herself.” – Hannah Gadsby

This quote is the epitome of strength, perseverance, and determination for a woman who has decided to conquer any barrier that’s risen up against her. There is truly nothing more powerful than when we are able to take life’s circumstances and conquer them. At HTI, we value all of the organizations we have the opportunity to serve but one of the nonprofits that truly hits home for us is the Women’s Center. 

In January, HTI joyfully provided fourGoogle Chromebooks to the Women’s Center. According to the organization’s Operations Manager Briony Voorhees, the laptops will provide their ladies with opportunities to search for jobs and land housing.  

The Women’s Center of Wake County (WCWC) is a multi-service crisis intervention and assessment center located in Raleigh, NC. For over 40 years their mission has been to break the cycle of trauma, abuse and homelessness for women. They provide a safe and low barrier environment where women can commence the stabilization and healing process. The Women’s Center provides safe day shelter as well as critical, life-saving services such as meals, job and housing support, clothing, hygiene items, transportation assistance and more. 

After providing these Chromebooks, we at HTI are thrilled to see how they will impact the lives of each woman. 

If you’d like to support HTI in contributing more Chromebooks to nonprofit organizations such as the Women’s Center, please visit the donation section of our website.

Mar 9 21

The Salvation Army: Increasing Employment Opportunity

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At HTI, our lives are always positively impacted when we are able to support and give relief to others. An organization with a similar mission is The Salvation Army. 

The Salvation Army is a Christian church and an international charitable movement dedicated to meeting human need. The organization currently has a worldwide membership of over 1.7 million, consisting of soldiers, officers and adherents collectively known as Salvationists. Founded in 1865, TSA has provided food pantries, summer camps, job training, veteran services, drug rehab and more to communities around the globe.  

.In January, HTI provided five Google Chromebooks to the Salvation Army in Raleigh, NCafter Emergency Shelter Case Manager Frank Baldiga reached out for support. 

His goal with the donations is to serve homeless families by providing . individuals technology access to gain employment via work from home jobs, enabling them to progress toward permanent housing of their own. 

Our mission as an organization is to aid and facilitate access to technology. Every time we are able to provide laptops to individuals, organizations and communities, we are strengthening the workforce and reducing employment rates in HUBZone areas. 

HTI is excited to hear about the future success of those who will benefit from this donation. If you would like to make a difference in the lives of charitable organizations and the people they serve, please consider donating to HTI. You can do so by visiting our webpage at www.hubzonetech.org/donate.

Mar 2 21

Bridging the Laptop Gap for Students and Families in Raleigh, NC

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After saying goodbye to such a challenging year where many families faced uncertainty, anxiety, and hardships due to the COVID-19 pandemic, HTI is grateful to welcome 2021 with hopes of shining light on the lives of many individuals. As the needs of many in our community continue to grow, so does our desire to make a difference and help those who strive to do the same. 

HTI recently provided five Chromebooks to Bridge the Gap in January, after learning how our initial donation in 2020 made such a significant impact in the lives of the kids served by the organization. 

Bridge The Gap Mission is a nonprofit organization located in Raleigh, NC. They are dedicated to improving the quality of life for low-income individuals in their community by providing for their immediate needs such as clothing. Bridge The Gap also offers educational programs, fundraising activities and has developed a virtual teaching hub for Wake County students with the mission of offering tutoring to families.

In October 2020, HTI supported Bridge The Gap by donating five Google Chromebooks to their organization. According to one of BTG’s directors, the laptops provided digital access to students without a computer at home. The donations have served as a valuable resource helping them receive the education they’ve always craved. 

Our organization is excited to receive continued testimonials on how the donations are benefiting the community and look forward to building a stronger relationship with Bridge The Gap.

Feb 2 21

What Black History Month Means to HTI

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Beginning in 1976, Black History Month called upon the public to honor the often neglected accomplishments of black Americans in every area throughout history. The basis of this celebration was to shed light on a marginalized group who, despite obstacles and adversity, made sizeable contributions to society.

HTI was created with a mission of equality to bridge the gap of access to technology and opportunity for all individuals. As an organization, HTI works to serve those who are underemployed, unemployed, or students and allow them, regardless of background, to take the steps in furthering and bettering their lives.

As it’s known, Black Americans are a largely marginalized group with limited opportunities for economic success. However, the success of many historical figures especially in STEM fields showcase the ability of those if given proper resources. We look to be a stepping stone in creating more historic contributions and inventions by providing laptops and easing stress on either finding employment or furthering education.

Dec 14 20

A first-generation student’s journey to make herself and her family proud — 5 Days of Christmas

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When the COVID-19 pandemic struck, students across the world were put in a compromising position — forced to use whatever was at their disposal to successfully get their education. During the “5 Days of Christmas” giveaway, Chowan University junior Aniya Wiggins was selected by HTI to receive a chromebook and accomplish her goal of earning a degree in criminal justice and becoming a district attorney. 

As a first generation college student, Aniya is focused on overcoming obstacles stacked against her because of her background and the pandemic. 

“I am excited about my future because I never thought I could or would be able to attend any program following high school. However, I continue to amaze myself and my perseverance because as a first time college student, I have already beaten the odds,” she explained.

Having a reliable device will allow for this college student to achieve her dreams and make her family proud. HUBZone technology initiative is dedicated to helping those in HUBZone areas struggling with access to technology to ease the strain and help facilitate their educational and career opportunities.

If you would like to support HTI’s mission please go to our website and learn how you can donate and make more donations like this possible.

Dec 14 20

Changing the scope of education one donation at a time — 5 Days of Christmas

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This year, the pandemic has dramatically shifted the way students have been educated. For many lower-income families, the transition from in-person learning to virtual classrooms has been difficult because of the financial demand of acquiring a laptop.

It hasn’t been an easy ride for many, but our team at HTI delights in putting a smile on the faces of so many families. Every story we receive is unique in its own way, including that of a household in Selma, NC. 

Mary Alvarado recently finished an online associate’s degree in health and human services, but due to the pandemic, she says it’s been hard for her to find a job. However, Mary’s faith remains strong as a mother of two with a strong determination to locate employment.

“I worked too hard in school to quit now. I have two children, a boy and a girl who are my world but unfortunately, this Christmas will not be that great for them. My son has wanted a Chromebook for a couple years now,” Mary explained to HTI.

Mary is one of HTI’s “5 Days of Christmas” recipients and says the donation of a Chromebook will be used for her son’s virtual schooling. Before the donation, he had to use her phone or visit the local library to complete his schoolwork. 

Something as simple as a laptop will radically change the education of Mary’s children and open a world of opportunity. This is what HTI stands for. We love to serve communities in HUBZone areas and make a difference one Chromebook at a time. If you’d like to be a part of this movement, please visit www.hubzonetech.org to learn more about donating to support this mission.