Apr 20 21

HTI Celebrating and Preserving the Planet

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Every April 22 marks the anniversary of the the modern environmental movement from 1970, Earth Day. 

Leading up to its establishment, Americans found themselves adjusting to poor air quality due to an increase in factory production and the booming automobile industry. However, concern for the state of the planet and availability of natural resources grew overtime. 

In the 21st century, Earth Day is used to celebrate and continue to bring awareness to the many efforts to combat environmental concerns, especially the threat of global warming and renewable energy sources. 

HTI is doing our part to protect the planet by being a resource for proper recycling and reusing of old laptops.

This year to honor Earth Day, HTI will be hosting a two week-long laptop drive in the Henderson and Raleigh area. During this drive individuals can visit one of our many drop-off locations and give away their own working laptop(s).

Donating unused technology can and should be a year-round effort. Cleaning out your closet or emptying your drawers can help cleans the environment, support the local community and benefits the economy.

Nov 10 20

Serving the Needs of our Veterans During a Global Pandemic

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Veterans Life Center

At such a challenging time in history, it is no surprise the needs of many in our communities continue to grow. There are those who devote their lives to serving us as a nation. But what happens when those who have given so much are in need, and how do we give back to them? Here is how HTI met the needs of a small group of veterans, because saying ‘thank you’ never feels quite like enough.

The Veterans Life Center in Butner, NC is a residential facility designed to help at risk 21st Century male and female service members. The goal of the center is to provide each resident with the prospect of a positive, constructive and satisfying role in civil society. VLC guides residents to career opportunities and community reintegration with programs designed to rebuild residents in need of mental and physical health support and improve life skills by providing vocational and other training. Thus avoiding crises such as homelessness, incarceration, suicide and premature/preventative death.

The concept to build such a facility was formed by a small group of young veterans with no experience or funding. They earned the respect and support of local, state and federal leaders by relentlessly pushing through the many roadblocks and closed doors they encountered. Determination paid off as the group celebrated the grand opening of the center on Aug. 1.

The Butner facility has over 100 beds; mostly in double rooms, with showers and bathroom facilities in each of the four wing, full commercial kitchen, dining room, a large multi-purpose room, two day rooms, library, computer lab, conference room, physical fitness room, store, dispensary, nurse/first aid, two laundry rooms along with office space for the staff of 30 plus make this location not only functional but quite impressive.

On Sept. 10, HTI was overjoyed to add to the success of VLC by donating five Google Chromebooks to help equip the residents with the ability to create resumes, apply for jobs, keep in touch with family and friends, and feel like a valued member of society by gaining access to all information available on the worldwide web. We consider it an honor to play even a small part in the future of each resident who will use a Chromebook to take the next step in building a successful future. HTI looks forward to receiving testimonials on how the donations are benefiting the Veterans and look forward to a continued relationship with the VLC.

Apr 22 20

HTI – Making a Difference for the Earth and Your Community

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“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.” – Margaret Mead

April 22, 2020 marks the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day! Join us to help save the earth. You can make a difference, more than you know. Donating laptops to HUBZone Technology Initiative (HTI), not only reduces the amount of e-waste going to landfills, but you will make a difference in the lives of people within your own community.

HTI receives donated laptops and converts them into Google Chromebooks to distribute to educational institutions and community organizations in historically underutilized business (HUBZone) areas. The recent outbreak of COVID-19 has closed schools and brought to light the lack of access to computers for some students. HTI is working in partnership with community organizations, to get laptops into the hands of students in need as quickly as possible.

Laptops are also donated to unemployed and underemployed people in HUBZone communities. Having access to up-to-date technology provides limitless educational and career opportunities for those utilizing these technology resources. To further contribute to the economic growth in HUBZone communities, HTI also hires a percentage of employees from each of the local areas served. 

According to the Environmental Protection Agency’s website, “Recycling one million laptops saves the energy equivalent to the electricity used by more than 3,500 US homes in a year.” Energy is also saved by reusing laptops, so materials used to make laptops are not having to be mined to create new products. 

Donating laptops is a simple way for you to help save the earth and help people in your community. You can donate any laptop, as long as the screen and keyboard are in complete functioning order, and the laptop has the ability to power on and off. Before laptops are donated, a technician will wipe the laptop’s memory clean and install software to convert it into a useful Google Chromebook. This will ensure that absolutely no private information is stored or shared.

To date, HTI has donated over 150 laptops to organizations across North Carolina and it is our goal to make a huge impact during the COVID-19 pandemic. Reusing laptops makes a difference in the lives of individuals and saves the earth by keeping laptops out of landfills. Together we can all make a difference this earth day and every day!

Feb 5 20

HTI Celebrates February’s Black History Month – we ALL make a difference!

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“Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?’”. Martin Luther King, Jr.  

As we look ahead to our aggressive Google Chromebook donation goals for giving in 2020, it always is of benefit to look back at what, not only HTI has done, but what you have done as a Supporter. By way of your donations, donated laptops and spreading the word about HTI, we are able to continue helping those in need in North Carolina. The month of February and its history is very important and reminds us to think even deeper about the underserved in our communities, how the list of those in need grows every-single-day and how we can do even MORE for others. 

Let’s take a look back…

How did Black History Month come about and why is that important to HTI? BHM is an annual celebration of achievements by African Americans and a time for recognizing the central role of blacks in U.S. history. The month started as ‘Negro History Week’ by historian Carter G. Woodson and other prominent African Americans with a purpose of taking the time to see what those before them have contributed, the forward movement made on all levels by many and to contemplate the life lessons that could make the lives of all better. This is important to HTI, since the majority of HUB Zones (historically under-utilized business zones) are occupied by African-Americans who are often underserved and overlooked when it comes to technology needs. It is our aim to bring laptops to community gathering places to help bridge the gaps that exist between the lower income population and the opportunities that will make a long-term difference in their lives!

“The time is always right to do what is right” Martin Luther King, Jr.  

HTI could not agree more with that quote from MLK! As we continue to search out more organizations with technology needs, here are some of the ways in which HTI is making a difference in underserved communities right now…

HTI has donated to the Freedom House which is a recovery house for men trying to re-enter society. With the Chromebook laptop donations, these men are now able to look for jobs, create a resume and take online courses. In addition, they are able to stream their AA and NA 12 step programs online. This has proved to be a tremendous stabilizing force in the lives of men who are working hard to become citizens able to contribute positively to society.

Late December, HTI donated to West Care Home for women and Alliance Rehabilitation Care (ARC) which are both recovery houses. This will give both entities the needed boost to get the women on their way to employment and furthering their education. 

On January 3, 2020, HTI made a second donation of 5 Google Chromebooks to Step Up Ministry.  Virginia Tally presented these Google Chromebooks to Angela Coleman, Director of Adult Programs, and Nancy Bromhal, Director of Development.  Mrs. Ella Perry, Chaplain for the Wendell Chapter of the Top Ladies of Distinction assisted Virginia Tally with this donation.  

StepUp Ministry is a non-profit organization in Wake County whose mission is boosting employment in neighborhoods where 23% of the residents are unemployed.  StepUp services many children and adults living in a HUBZone. HTI looks forward to a continued relationship with this hardworking group.

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How can you help HTI? You can help spread the word about who we are and what we do, donate working laptops, make a monetary donation at our website www.hubzonetech.org > Donate Laptops or Donate Funds. You can also share a business and contact name for us to reach about receiving a small or large donation of working laptops on our website under Contact Us

We thank the community, we thank the individuals, the businesses and for those in need. Please continue to help HTI with your donations and working laptops so we can continue serving the communities in need. Remember, together we can ALL make a difference. 

Happy Black History Month, February 2020!

Jan 1 20

Let’s Keep The Momentum Train Going

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Let’s keep the momentum train going… HTI is the conductor but does no good without passengers on board! Thank you for all the support in 2019!

Jan 1 20

HTI Highlights 2019: Who We Are and What We Care About

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“There is no power for change greater than a community discovering what it cares about.” Margaret J. Wheatley

As this year comes to a rapid close, we want to say a heartfelt ‘THANK YOU’ to all our Supporters, Sponsors and Donors. Without you, 2019 would not have been the amazing year it was for HUBZone Technology Initiative – HTI. As a Team, we know who and what we care about. Knowing these two completely and unequivocally, keeps us focused on the goal – identifying those living and/or operating within HUBZone communities and to provide technology to these organizations, schools and community centers helping our children with in-school and afterschool programs and helping adults further their education and get back to work. Our children are our future and the generous support from our donors, sponsors and partners make it possible for HTI to invest technology in their lives!

We take pride in partnering with businesses and schools who furnish the equipment which in turn helps us make the largest impact. These partnerships give us the opportunity to keep giving and ensuring technology is in the hands of those who need it the most. In this beautiful cycle of giving, those wanting and needing assistance in order to receive educational assistance and integrate into the workforce successfully results in our society flourishing. To date, HTI has donated over 100 Google Chromebooks to multiple organizations including, Torchlight Academy, Raleigh Rescue Mission, Wake, Vance, Durham, Orange & Granville Counties Boys and Girls Clubs, Project Access and Christian Faith Center Academy – just to name a few.

As a small non-profit, it is sometimes challenging to gather the amount of laptops needed to fulfill the number of requests received and to spread the word about what we do. One way in which we generate funds and get our name and purpose out is by fundraising. 

How can you help HTI? You can help spread the word about who we are and what we do, donate working laptops, make a monetary donation at our website www.hubzonetech.org > Donate Laptops or Donate Funds. You can also share a business and contact name for us to reach about receiving a large donation of working laptops on our website under Contact Us

We thank the community, we thank the individuals, businesses and for those in need. Without you we would not have this opportunity to serve you or discover who and what we truly care about. Have a wonderful and fulfilling 2020!

Dec 20 19

Finishing 2019 off Strong

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Donations!!!! Finishing 2019 off strong and giving others the resources to make obtainable goals in 2020
Dec 2 19

HTI Highlights: The Meaning of FUNdraising

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As a small 501C3 non-profit organization, it is often challenging to gather the amount of laptops needed to fulfill the amount of requests received and to spread the word about what we do. One way in which we generate funds and tell the community about HTI is by fundraising. HTI highlights the meaning of ‘FUN’ in its FUNdraising!

On October 5th 2019, HTI sponsored its first fundraiser at Shuckers Oyster Bar in Wake Forest. The support was astonishing both from a business sponsorship perspective and potential donors who attended the event. Local businesses were able to donate $100 in and have their business name and logo presented on a banner gracing the event. Sponsors also received advertisement on our company website and social media posts. It’s what HTI is all about…giving! 

A fun afternoon of music, amazing food and performances enjoyed by all. And of course our guests did not leave empty-handed, as all participated in a 50/50 raffle. The sweet voice of President and CEO’s Matt Raydo’s daughter Sloane, graced the guests with her heartfelt rendition of Annie’s ‘Tomorrow’. Video testimonials of first-hand accounts of the many community members from Boys and Girls Clubs, Raleigh Day School and other entities being helped by HTI was shared. Laptop recipients spoke about their needs for technology that were long unmet until donations from HTI arrived. These Google Chromebooks, they stated, have had many benefits; the ability to reach short term goals, setting attainable long term goals of increasing educational worth and job placement. As you can imagine, these testimonials touched everyone’s hearts. Our goal is to continue fundraising in 2020 to keep moving forward in helping the underserved in our North Carolina communities!

How can you help HTI? You can help spread the word about who we are and what we do, donate working laptops and make monetary donations at our website www.hubzonetech.org > Donate Laptops or Donate Funds. All donations are tax-deductible. You can also share an organization and contact name for us to reach about receiving a large donation of working laptops on our website under Contact Us. Please stay tuned for future FUNdraising events and dates so you can participate.

We thank the community, we thank the individuals, businesses and for those in need. Without you we would not have this marvelous opportunity to serve you and that’s our sole motivation!

Aug 20 19

Laptops for Reading Lessons

Hayley Raydo

HTI Delivers Laptop Donations to Garner Road Community Center

HTI is proud to partner with Garner Road Community Center in Raleigh, NC. Garner Road offers numerous programs through social, cultural, educational, and sports activities, that work toward developing character and leadership skills in young people.

This time, our laptops have been used for reading lessons after school and for academic games.

Garner Road says, “Thank you again for the laptops, we have truly enjoyed them… I am so thankful and I hope you will continue to reach out to us in the future.  We will be using this in our academic learning loss report for this summer and its all because of your donation. Thank You Again.”

We cannot wait to see how else laptops will make a difference! And you can be a part! Your old laptops sitting around, whether at your company or at home, can be used to make new opportunities. Check out our FAQ page to find answers to questions you may have like, “is there some kind of security protocol for all of my personal data on my laptop?” The answer is yes! And you can find answer to questions like that on this page https://www.hubzonetech.org/Home/FAQs

You can also head here to make a donation https://www.hubzonetech.org/Home/donate_laptops

Old laptops create new opportunities!

-Haley

Aug 16 19

A Short Video Testimonial

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Project Access Shares About HTI and the Importance About Technology Access

Shelby Rothstein from Project Access shares in the video above about the importance of laptops and what HTI’s contribution will mean for their program.

This is what your support and collaboration can provide to so many people! If you would like to get involved, check out our FAQ page https://hubzonetech.org/faqs.html  for any answers to questions you may have, and go to our donation page to reach out https://hubzonetech.org/donate_laptops.html 

Old laptops create new opportunities!

-Haley