How would your life be different if you didn’t have access to the internet through a mobile device or computer?
You wouldn’t have the opportunity to apply for university courses or jobs that only allow online applications, so your future career would be severely limited. If you had to research a topic, such as the best pricing options on a new car or available housing in the area, you would have to find a non-digital avenue for finding the information. You also wouldn’t be able to connect to friends or family through social media or email.
This is the situation that the homeless population of the UK faces every day. Those who want to find a job, attend university, or acquire job readiness face the barrier of lacking access to the internet because they can’t afford a new laptop or mobile device. Meanwhile, many businesses and individuals find themselves with outdated computer equipment as new versions and models of digital devices are released each year.
The vast majority of these unused but still functional devices will end up in landfill, causing pollution as toxic materials leak into the ground and water, and leading to the waste of scarce resources such as gold, silver and palladium which are contained in the devices and could be recycled at the end of their life cycle.
Fortunately, the social enterprise SocialBox.biz provides laptop donation boxes to partner organizations, they can arrange to wipe the old information from computers, and then distribute the donated laptops through local homelessness charity to individuals who need them.
This week, the initiative announced they have hit their 200 donated laptops milestone working hard to hit 1,000 laptops by 2020 just for their homeless support initiative.
They need your help to bring the Laptops for Homeless initiative to your university! You can visit https://www.socialbox.biz/homeless-support for more information about the program and to set up a donation bin on your campus.
They need your help finding local businesses who would have technology to donate. You can use Twitter or email to send messages to these companies and request their support of the initiative.