Charlotte, NC – September 7, 2018:  Our Towns Habitat for Humanity will now provide refurbished laptops for all of its new homeowners with school-aged children, thanks to a partnership with E2D – Eliminate the Digital Divide.

“Developing a partnership with E2D was a natural fit,” said Our Towns Habitat for Humanity CEO Chris Ahearn. “We are both mission-driven organizations and we share many of the same clients.”

Founded in 2013, E2D relies on donations of decommissioned laptops from corporations such as Lowe’s, Electrolux, Harris Teeter and Atrium Health. After receiving the technology, the organization repurposes and distributes it to local families in need to ensure that students have affordable access to at-home technology.

“Home-based access to digital technology has become a necessity in schools and in the workplace,” said E2D Co-Founder Pat Millen. “Just having access to a computer at home opens so many doors. Without it, students cannot do their work and struggle to apply to colleges and find job opportunities.  We are delighted to be a part of this powerful collaboration.”

Our Towns Habitat for Humanity distributed its first laptop from E2D this summer, to new homeowners Juan Olvera and Telma Maldonado, whose four school-age children will now have it as resource for their studies.

“We have seen firsthand how affordable housing can change a family’s life and provide more opportunities, particularly for children growing up in a stable home,” said Ahearn. “Now, with E2D providing laptops for many of our homeowners, we are confident that those opportunities will continue to increase.”

To date, E2D has partnered with 140 schools in the Charlotte-Mecklenburg school (CMS) system and provided laptops for 6,500 for CMS students. The estimated number of people in Charlotte using E2D computers daily is 20,790.

About Our Towns Habitat for Humanity

Our Towns Habitat for Humanity is a 501(c)(3) organization bringing people together to build homes, communities and hope in North Mecklenburg and Iredell Counties. Habitat homeowners build their own homes alongside volunteers and pay an affordable mortgage. In addition to new home construction, Our Towns performs critical home repair services to alleviate serious health, life and safety issues.  To learn more, visit ourtownshabitat.orgYou can also follow Our Towns Habitat on Facebook and Twitter.

About E2D, Inc. (Eliminate the Digital Divide)

Since 2013 E2D has helped provide over 6,500 digital solutions for low-income families in the Charlotte Region.  E2D obtains laptop donations from generous corporations and refurbishes them to distribute to students.  E2D also helps source low-cost access to broadband solutions as well as provides digital literacy training for its families.

E2D is committed to providing exposure to workforce development opportunities and IT skill training for CMS youth through its Re-Image CLT initiative.  E2D hires, trains and employs some of Charlotte’s most at-risk youth as computer lab technicians to refurbish laptops that will in turn be distributed to their fellow CMS peers. Re-Image CLT labs are located on the campus of Garinger, South Mecklenburg, and West Charlotte High Schools.

E2D has received many awards and acclaim for its work including: The Blue Diamond Award for Non-Profit Technology from IT-ology. E2D was named the Most Innovative Digital Inclusion Leader in the USA by Next Century Cities & the National League of Cities as well as it was named one of the “Top 30 Technologists, Transformers and Trailblazers” by The Center for Digital Education. Most recently, E2D’s Re-Image CLT West lab received the 2018 Blue Diamond Award for Technology Innovation from the Charlotte Area Technology Collaborative.




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