Changes to Our Donation Process due to COVID-19
We are currently accepting donations for computers and laptops in a revised manner to ensure we can follow health and safety procedures to protect our warehouse staff and technicians. The change includes asking donors to box or pallet their donation up, including their completed donor form and wait a week before bringing it over at an appointed time. Please contact Jim at 604-294-6886 ext 3 or DonorRelations@reusetechbc.ca to arrange an appointment for donations. This will reduce the number of touch points for staff and give time for any viruses or germs to die.
Other Workplace Changes
We have made several changes to our workshop procedures to create a safe working environment for our technicians. Some changes we have made include:
COVID-19 Policy for Staff
BC Technology for Learning has the opportunity to provide needed support to many families by providing refurbished tech. The current pandemic has, unfortunately, highlighted how important and necessary our work is to equalizing the playing field for those who have access to technology at home, compared to those who do not.
Our work is providing an essential service.
The purpose of this document is to best protect the continued health and safety of yourself, and your fellow team mates in the workplace. Each of us must follow the instructions.
Entering the workplace
1)Staff will enter the work place one person at a time, giving space to put personal effects in the locker and sign in. Then the next person can come in. Keep 2 metres apart from each other while waiting to come in.
2)After you have signed in, you will immediately wash your hands.
3)Begin work – Rob will assign work
Use of the kitchen
Use of the bathroom
If someone tests positive for COVID-19
Common Touch points to be wiped down at noon and before leaving include:
Kitchen - recycling / garbage lids, cupboard handles, sink faucet, coffee pot/ kettle/ toaster/ fridge /microwave handles. Wipe down counters.
Bathroom – toilet flusher, seat lid and ring, sink faucets, door handles, soap dispenser, all sides of the paper towel dispenser.
Workshop – time station, dollies, carts, ram cupboard doors/handles, desks, keyboards, mice, KVM switches, printer touch pad.
Warehouse – all (11?) dolly handles, pump jacks, cleaning stations, air compressor nozzle, monitor test station including keyboard, mice, cable ends), light switches, door handles, handrails to mezzanine, and loading bay door chain.
Alongside other changes to our usual working routine, we hope that these can help us create a safe working environment so we can continue to provide an essential service. The digital divide has been highlighted as a real issue over the past few weeks with schools turning to online education. Keeping our workplace open allows us to continue helping students and others in the community who otherwise do not have access to technology at home. Your donations matter now more than ever.
Thank you for your support for our work, and helping to keep our staff safe.
Every month we do an update on our activities to let our donors and clients know the impacts of our work delivering the CFS+ program.
March can be no different, even though everything about March was “different”.
BC Tech listened to the words of Dr. Henry and closed our office on March 20th. This was not an easy decision to make because the week prior saw a big influx of applications from families and non profit organizations as they prepared for what a “stay at home” order means for many without access to technology. Our work has not been deemed an essential service by government, and yet we know how essential it is to many people.
We heard Minister Fleming say that ~7% of students don’t have access to technology at home. We’re looking for partnership opportunities to assist school districts and organizations support their families in need. It’s easier for us to get one order of 30 computers out the door than it is to get 30 orders of one and time is better spent refurbishing, rather than packing.
In the short time we had in early March, we are grateful to have been able to:
Provide 503 computers/laptops to families and organizations like Mount Pleasant Neighbourhood House, Lookout Aid Society, TELUS health care workers, and Handy Circle Resources Society.
March was totally different and has marked the start of a new way for society to live and virtually interact, and still we must find gratitude for all the good things we have:
Stay safe and healthy. Find gratitude. Stay at home.