On April 24th and 25th 2015, CFCC volunteers participated in workshops at Siemens Canada HQ in Oakville, ON, preparing computers for donation to the “fly in” First Nations community of Pikangikum. In this neglected northwestern Ontario community, the PCs provided Eenchokay Birchstick School’s students with one of the 21st century’s most significant commodities – access to information – and equip them with the tools they need to make their voices heard throughout our increasingly interconnected world.
CFCC’s donation was a critical step forward for Pikangikum’s young people, who have in the past several months been covered by a number of national Canadian news media outlets in light of the challenging conditions they braved during Ontario’s bitterly cold, record-setting winter. In addition to donating 150 decommissioned corporate computers, CFCC volunteers will also be sending other much-needed goods to Pikangikum, including LED lights (to relieve the burden incandescent bulbs place on infrastructure [courtesy of Osram Sylvania]) and surge protectors (to protect the PCs from Pikangikum’s uneven power supply), all of which will be packed in winter hats, gloves, coats, scarves, and other apparel so as to maximize the impact of shipping expenses.
“Our world and its future demands connectivity,” states Philip Schaus, President and CEO of CFCC. “What CFCC does is good for both communities and corporations. Communities like Pikangikum benefit through the promotion of computer literacy, access to internet resources, and environmental benefits. Additionally, participating corporations can engage their employees in a socially responsible program which is self funded by the associated tax benefits.”
Since 2010, Corporations for Community Connections, Inc. (CFCC) volunteers have worked to turn trash into treasure by refurbishing over 1,000 decommissioned personal computers, donated by Siemens Canada Limited and Atos. To date, the registered charity’s work has benefited over 28 charitable organizations, and nearly 10,000 people across Canada.