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

Apr 27 21

Supporting and Empowering Fostered Youth

Tranelle Maner

There is an age-old saying that children are our future. At HubZone Technology Initiative, we believe this is true and do all we can to help uplift and encourage the educational endeavors of youth. An organization with a similar mission is the Hope Center at Pullen.

At the beginning of April, the Director of Youth Programs Delana Epps-Avery asked HTI for help through a donation of Chromebooks. HTI donated five Chromebooks to the organization to aid the transient youths who don’t own laptops and increase support around schooling and future employment success.

The Hope Center at Pullen connects youth aging out of foster care in Wake County with resources and support as they transition into adulthood. Hope Center provides various programs to help these young people in challenges they may face in their life including; tutoring, mentoring, life classes, and internships.

HTI is excited by the opportunity to help young students succeed and have successful journeys into adulthood. If you’d like to learn more or donate your unused or unwanted laptop to HTI to support our efforts, visit our donation or contact us pages.

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.

Feb 23 21

Garner Road Community Center: Helping Develop Young Minds

Tranelle Maner

In keeping with the mission of aiding and facilitating access to technology, HUBZone Technology Initiative recently made a donation to the Garner Road Community Center for the second year in a row. 

Garner Road Community Center Director Mo Johnson asked for three Chromebooks to help students academically, as they continue their educational endeavors through virtual learning, which has been implemented throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Garner Road began serving the Raleigh, North Carolina area about 65 years ago with the objective to provide opportunities and programs for youth, families, and adults to develop a strong character base and practice Christian standards by promoting spiritual, physical, and mental uplifting. 

Similar to HTI, Garner Road Community Center is dedicated to making sure that during these difficult times, as well as afterward, all students regardless of background or economic status, have equal access to technology to further their education and later professional pursuits. 

If you would like to help this mission, please consider donating to HTI. We accept both monetary donations, as well as the donations of unused working laptops. For more information on the criteria for the laptops that are accepted in donations, please visit the donation section of our website.

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.