Full Sail Donates 300+ Laptops to Aeras Foundation
The university provided the foundation with hundreds of gently used MacBook Pros, which will be rehabbed and distributed to underserved individuals.
In an effort to serve the greater Orlando community, Full Sail recently partnered with the Aeras Foundation, an Orlando-area nonprofit that provides underserved individuals with gently used digital devices. The university donated more than 300 MacBook Pros to the foundation, making it the largest corporate donation the Aeras Foundation has received to date.
The Aeras Foundation takes donated digital devices, like laptops, desktop computers, cell phones, and tablets, and distributes them to underserved individuals in the local community. The devices are erased, refreshed or repaired, and distributed to individuals or organizations in need.
These donated devices can help bridge the digital divide, which is the gap between individuals who have access to reliable internet and devices and those who do not. This gap can make it more difficult for people without access to finish school, develop digital literacy, and find and keep a job. Closing the divide can create a more equitable world for underserved individuals.
“[For example], we serve single mothers who work remotely and cannot afford daycare, seniors who want to stay connected to the world, telehealth for critical medical or mental health needs, [and more],” says Michelle Leeper, the Chief Development Officer for the Aeras Foundation.
“We need enterprise companies to follow the lead of the Full Sail leadership team,” Michelle continues. "Repurposing their technology can create a more sustainable world and ensure barriers are broken to change cycles of poverty and ensure the playing field is level.”