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Article posted on November 15, 2016

The Lorrnel Group tech donation helps Alberta non-profits

In 2016, The Lorrnel Group donated 22 gently-used tablet PCs to eight youth-serving agencies across Alberta.
In 2016, The Lorrnel Group donated 22 gently-used tablet PCs to eight youth-serving agencies across Alberta.

Sometimes it’s the small ideas that yield big impacts.

When Martin Baker, Land & Environment Manager with The Lorrnel Group, learned his company no longer had a use for 22 gently-used tablet PCs, he wondered how the technology could benefit others. Having heard of Alberta’s Promise and its connection to local non-profits, Baker reached out to see what might be possible. One coffee meeting and a few emails later, plans were well-underway to donate Lorrnel’s devices to deserving Alberta’s Promise agency partners.

The Lorrnel Group, a recent Alberta’s Promise partner, is a Calgary-based liaison between the natural resources development industry and stakeholders. Only too eager to launch the community involvement initiative, the company prepped the devices and turned to Alberta’s Promise to issue a call for non-profit applications. Eight youth-serving agencies from across Alberta were selected to receive tablets: The Children’s Wish Foundation, Interfaith Food Bank Society of Lethbridge, Lethbridge Detachment Victim Assistance Society, Literacy for Life Foundation, Redcliff Action Society for Youth, Stardale Women’s Group Inc., Sport Medicine Council of Alberta, and Comrie’s Sports Equipment Bank.

The agencies are grateful for the donations and will be using the tablets to further their work. From attracting donors at events, to teaching youth literacy, to helping with children’s homework assignments, the tablets are a versatile tool for the local non-profits and the clients they serve.

For the Lethbridge Detachment Victim Assistance Society, the gift of five tablets will benefit youth clients who have been victimized by crime or sudden death. The devices will help youth experience a courtroom virtually before seeing it in person to “enhance their comfort level in a very uncomfortable time,” says Secretary Treasurer Allan Friesen. The tablets will also be used to share resources with clients while breaking down technological barriers. Adonus Arlett, Victim Service Unit Program Manager with the RCMP, thanks Lorrnel for “providing the opportunity to bridge gaps and be creative in providing services to our communities.”

For many businesses, Lorrnel’s story may ignite new opportunities to give back. Lorrnel’s simple software upgrade resulted in a donation benefitting eight youth-serving agencies across the province. Conduct your own giving inventory using the free community involvement toolkit from Alberta’s Promise, and think outside the box when it comes to what your business may have to offer. It may be more than you think.

Last Updated: Tuesday, November 15, 2016

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