You can open doors for kids with a donation of your used laptop

 

Giving a child a laptop can mean the world to them and their family.  It can mean the family no longer has to walk or take a bus to the library for the child to complete his or her online homework and it can mean the child is able to learn computer skills that are required to succeed in today’s world.  Beyond the child, a laptop can help parents search for work or resources or help them gain knowledge.  The entire family benefits.

EBC wants to help kids receive everything they need to be able to thrive and laptops is just one piece of that.  Learn how your laptop gives the world to a child.

One of our providers shared this story with us regarding how important a laptop is to a family she is helping, “A good student from a struggling single parent family.  Mom works from 6:00 am with long hours.  He has no bike and walks home daily with his siblings.  He works so hard and tries to catch up.  The teacher recommended him for a new laptop and he hopes this can even encourage him to do more and do better.”

EBC is partnering with Friendly Earth in honor of Earth Month in April to collect and redistribute used laptops.  Friendly Earth’s mission is to keep electronics out of the landfill and they will refurbish as many of the laptops as possible and recycle the rest.  Friendly Earth will wipe the hard drive using Department of Defense wiping technology and refurbish as many laptops as possible.

EBC will work with agency partners to give the refurbished laptops to local school children in need.

Laptop donations can be taken to EBC at 1510 NW Maple Street in Issaquah.  If you have any questions or need additional information, please contact Madeline Fish at madelinef@babycorner.org or at 425.372.7527. 

 

Meet Our Founder – Karen Ridlon

Twenty-five years ago, Karen Ridlon founded Eastside Baby Corner (EBC).   A certified Pediatric Nurse Practitioner (University of California, San Francisco, 1972), Karen worked as a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner in California and Washington, working in well child care, newborn care and newborn ICU support for a number of medical groups and doctors. In 1990, Karen founded Eastside Baby Corner to fill an unmet need of parents of newborns who lacked basic supplies for their children.

She is Executive Director Emeritus and a lifetime member of the EBC Board of Directors. Karen has been recognized for her efforts with many volunteer awards, including receiving the Leadership Eastside LENi Community Choice Leadership Award in 2013, Distinguished Member Award for the Washington State Chapter of NAPNAP (National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners) in 2013, Issaquah Schools Foundation Golden Apple Award (2009), and chosen as a UCSF Distinguished Alumni. Karen was a key player in the development of the Issaquah Community Center and has been a tireless contributor to many volunteer efforts over the years including scouting, the public schools, and her church. Karen is the mother of three children and a proud resident of Issaquah, where she lives with her husband. 

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