The holiday season is about more than just glittering lights, hectic gift shopping, and snowman sugar cookies. It’s also about bringing joy to your community.
And to an underprivileged child, a laptop is more than some could ever imagine. It isn’t just a way to browse social media—it’s also a way to keep up with homework, stay in touch with distant family members, and maintain some degree of normalcy under changing circumstances. For disadvantaged teens, a laptop makes it easier to apply for jobs and search for scholarships. But as one may imagine, donated laptops are difficult to come by.
That’s why this season, the Monroe Building in downtown Phoenix is helping host a holiday laptop drive. The building owners, along with some of their tech tenants, are teaming up with House of Refuge to collect used laptops needed by underprivileged children in the crisis system. House of Refuge, a faith-based non-profit in Mesa, provides transitional housing and supportive services to homeless families and victims of domestic violence.
“Kids in our program desperately need laptops for school,” said Nancy Marion, Executive Director for House of Refuge, in a press release. “We are incredibly grateful for the Monroe Building and its amazing tenants for hosting a drive that will impact our families in an immeasurable way this holiday season.”
From December 13 to January 13, locals are invited to drop off laptops cleared of personal information in a secured bin. All laptop brands and types are welcome, but if possible, the organizations request that basic software (like Microsoft Office and an Internet browser) are left on the computers. Donors can stop by the Monroe Building on Friday, December 16 from 9 AM to 12 PM to have their laptops professionally cleared of all files by certified IT experts.
All donations are tax-deductible, and tax donation forms will be provided.
“With support from our local business partners, and resident tech and software companies, including Integrate, Galvanize, Allbound, Gainsight and more, we hope to put at least 100 laptops to work for deserving children,” said Tim O’Neil, a partner with the Monroe Building. “As members of the downtown Phoenix business community, we see the benefits of our tech counterparts’ investments every day. They help lead education, entrepreneurship, and social connectivity—three priorities shared by just about everyone. Our team is excited to align with House of Refuge.”
If you’re interested in volunteering with House of Refuge during the holiday season or beyond, visit their website for more information.