Throughout the month of January, The Saturday Club ran a community-wide Used Technology Drive in support of the Philadelphia Children’s Foundation. PCF’s mission is to help arm every child with an equal opportunity to learn in the digital age.
Dozens of used laptops, web cameras, tablets, printers and accompanying accessories were collected and delivered to PCF — where their technology refurbishment volunteers could immediately prepare the tech to be put into the hands of local students and faculty throughout Philadelphia and its Western Suburbs.
Mid-way through our collection month, VP for Communications Alyssa Brown, VP for Community Outreach Lindsay Green and Event Chair Lauren Fixter were interviewed by local Radnor television station Main Line Network (MLTV) to speak about our collaboration and the importance of the drive, especially given the current global pandemic.
We were joined by PCF’s Executive Director and Board Member Jan Deruiter, who shared that the students and teachers they serve would not have access to these devices without their foundation’s work. He emphasized the extra importance of this drive this year, when so many schools have been forced to send students and teachers home to learn in a virtual environment.
We loved having the opportunity to lead a non-traditional collection drive. The used tech we collected benefits local children by supplementing their educational needs and, as PCF has found first hand, has become an essential way for them to learn in the current climate.