ALLIANCE, Ohio — The University of Mount Union’s student-run organization, Enactus, is kicking off its fall semester with a service project titled, “2nd Life Laptops.” Each academic year, students within this organization identify a need in the Alliance area and determine how they can best use their resources to give back to the community.
“2nd Life Laptops” is a solely student-driven project that will collect old laptops donated by members of the Alliance and campus communities, completely clean them of all personal data at the time of donation and provide them to soon-to-graduate Alliance High School seniors in need of a laptop for their future, but do not have the resources to acquire them.
The Enactus laptop donation event will be held Monday, October 18 from 3-7 p.m. in the Papa Gyros restaurant at 320 W State Street in Alliance.
In the year 2020, sales of laptop and desktop computers exceeded $302 million, which is a 13% increase since 2014. Throughout this course of societal change and adjustment, one crucial tool that continues to grow in necessity is access to laptop computers. While these numbers continue to rise, many struggle to afford this type of resource.
Enactus is an international organization focused on challenging entrepreneurial minds through leadership. By being a part of this organization, students increase their professional network, campus community outreach, and create effective programs for the betterment of others.
“This project is a great way to give back to our Alliance community,” Grace Bjordahl, current president of Enactus stated. “Our goal is to help 50 individuals in the community, but we hope to have as many laptops donated as possible! I know as a student myself that having a laptop is a crucial tool in my education. By donating your laptop, you can help their future.”
Mount Union’s Enactus chapter wishes to thank the Mount Union Information Technology team for assisting with repurposing these laptops as well as Papa Gyros for hosting this collection event.