As you may be aware, the COVID-19 pandemic has hit older adult members of the community exceptionally hard. In addition to being the demographic most vulnerable to infection, many have faced extended periods of isolation, in part due to a lack of access to technology to communicate with family members.
In an effort to address this serious problem and help bridge the technology gap, a group of students in Ontario Tech University’s Faculty of Business and Information Technology (FBIT) are working with the local community to collect second-hand laptops and tablets. The COVID-19 Relief Tech Drive is in partnership with the Bowmanville Older Adult Association (BOAA). The project will help create access to technology for its recipients and support mental health.
HOW YOU CAN HELP:
- Donations of second-hand laptops and tablets would be greatly appreciated.
- Cash donations will be put toward the purchase of laptops and tablets.
- If you are not able to support the drive financially at this time, you can still support this cause by sharing this drive with your community members through social media, by sharing the posts which can be found on Instagram, Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook.
We are currently accepting laptops or tablets, device requirements are as follows:
- In working condition and come with the device charger
- Have a working built-in camera and microphone
- Run with Windows 7 or higher
HOW TO DONATE:
- We are currently offering drop-off dates every Friday from February 12 to February 26, 2021.
- If you have items to donate, visit the COVID-19 Tech Relief sign-up page and select a drop-off date and time that works best for you.
- If you would like to make a cash donation, please contact Amanda McEachern-Gaudet.
LISTEN TO THE ONTARIO TECH FBIT STUDENTS ON CKDO: