WBTV’s launches ‘Collect To Connect’ campaign to help families bridge digital divide

WBTV partners with E2D for 'Collect to Connect' to collect old electronics donations for education

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (WBTV) - WBTV has launched a new campaign to help families in need of technology.

WBTV News is partnering with E2D, Eliminate the Digital Divide, and the CMS Foundation to help tackle the digital divide through our program called WBTV Collect to Connect.

How it works:

  • WBTV will be collecting used computers that will be refurbished and donations to fund WIFI for families in need.
  • E2D will collect the used technology, refurbish, and make available for families in need. One collection drive will take place in November, another technology drive will take place the first week in January.
  • If you do not have the technology to donate, you can make a monetary donation to the CMS Foundation which helps fund Wi-Fi for families in need.

WBTV and E2D will host two technology collection drives for the public to donate old computers.

The first drive will be held Tuesday, December 1, from 12-6 p.m. at the NC Music Factory at 920 Hamilton Street, Charlotte, N.C.

Directions to the Avid Lab at the NC Music Factory can be found below:

Christy Cowan with Eliminate the Digital Divide joined QC@3 to talk more about how important this program is.

Collect To Connect: Program To Help Tackle The Digital Divide

Since 2013 they have delivered over 13,000 laptops to families at CMS. Cowan says during the pandemic everything is being magnified, so the need is huge right now.

E2D will collect the used technology, refurbish, and make available for families in need. One collection drive will take place in November, another technology drive will take place the first week in January.

If you are not able to donate laptops or tablets, you can make a monetary donation to E2D or the CMS Foundation which helps fund Wi-Fi for families in need.

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