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!