Thank You, For Supporting Our Youth!
COVID-19 is no match for Kendall Cares. Kendall Auto Idaho team members have been working diligently to not only serve the patrons of the auto industry with Unrivaled Customer Service but also to help Idaho students continue learning online after schools were closed due to the Coronavirus pandemic.
Community Relations Manager, Alishia Jonas chaired the Treasure Valley Community Activation Project team made up of leaders from large organizations to collect thousands of devices needed for students to finish the 2019-2020 academic school year. “Kendall never ceases to amaze me when it comes to putting community and family first, no matter the situation,” said Jonas. Kendall and the CAP team have collected over 750 computers and have delivered over 500 devices to school districts in the Treasure Valley. However, the process is not as simple as it may seem. All devices have to be physically cleaned and internally cleaned of the existing data before uploading new HP-Refresh software. Unfortunately, some devices were too old to use, but anything else. We were able to use pieces (drives, batteries, cords, etc.) from older devices to upgrade others. “It took a massive collaboration of skilled volunteers and was a team effort,” Jonas noted.
Each device that was delivered makes a difference, and Idaho Business for Education VP of School and Community Outreach, Robert Sanchez stated that he imagines a boy or girl receiving one of these devices, smiling, and finishing a school project.
The Treasure Valley CAP team a pioneer leading this effort across Idaho, and we can’t thank all the team members for all of their help, whether it be carrying, cleaning, and donating devices, working with patrons who come in and caring for our community.
As the school year draws to an end, the Idaho Business for Education Community Activation Project enters phase two, Close the Divide. Collecting devices was just part of the challenge. We do not know what the future holds, and there are still thousands without connectivity and devices, so our journey continues so that we can be proactive instead of reactive moving forward.
Thanks to all that helped make a difference and your continued support. We can not do this without you. Let’s Start Something Great!
Volunteers and Treasure Valley Team Members:
Kendall Auto Group
Blue Cross of Idaho
Nampa Chamber of Commerce
Caldwell Chamber of Commerce
Boise Chamber of Commerce
ICON Credit Union
International Minute Press
School Districts who needed and received devices:
Caldwell School District
Weiser School District
Payette School District
Parma School District
Fruitland School District
Organizations that have donated devices:
HP- 60 New Chromebooks
Simplot -115 Microsoft Surface laptops
Boise Cascade -20 laptops
Skip Oppenheimer – 7 laptops
Albertson’s – 125 laptops
ICON Credit Union – 11 laptops
CBH – 10 Chromebooks (10 more to come)
Reuseum – 11 full desktops
Public Knowledge LLC / Veritage Accounting – 12 laptops and 1 full desktop
Jackson’s – 5-10 laptops and cords
Redbuilt – 50 Laptops/50 desktops
St Luke’s – 50-100 full desktops
Micron – 25 (new) laptops
CapEd – 30 Acer Chromebooks