Reflections on 2020: Striving to Strengthen the Communities We Serve
Every year, LocknCharge partners with nonprofits and donates resources while promoting volunteer time off for our employees. While those partnerships and volunteer opportunities looked a little different this year, they were no less meaningful. Here are just a few of the ways we were able to work together with our community in 2020 through innovative programs that strengthen the communities that have supported us.
From Lightning Cables to Unicorn Post-Its, Clearing Lists across the U.S.
When it’s time to go back-to-school, the majority of teachers find themselves scrambling for much-needed school supplies, often spending their own money. In 2020, educators still looked for help to fulfill their school wish lists, regardless of whether students were learning face-to-face, remotely or a hybrid of the two.
Understanding what a challenging year it was on educators, students and schools, LocknCharge launched a #ClearTheList drawing in September to make a tough situation just a little bit better. We donated $500 to two lucky schools, but the giving didn’t stop there. From lightning cables to unicorn post-its, LocknCharge is proud to have also helped #CleartheList of more than 20 educators in schools all over the country.
As always, we were overwhelmed by the response, especially when we received this heartfelt message from Ms. Garrett, a 4th-grade teacher at Newton County Schools in Covington, Georgia.
“I received my box of goodies today—it was like Christmas! The pencils are my favorite, and the headphones are much needed. My students just started an independent research project, so we will be using those first thing tomorrow morning! Seriously, thank you so much!”
Virtually Running for Her
The Aruna Project, which works tirelessly to fight for enslaved women’s freedom and dignity, made the difficult choice to go virtual in 2020. Thankfully, after several years of sponsoring the in-person Madison Aruna Run, LocknCharge still had the privilege of supporting this noble cause. Sponsoring the Aruna Virtual Run helped continue the project’s mission of freeing, employing, and empowering sexually enslaved women in India.
Helping Healthcare Heroes
Early on in the pandemic, when we learned of the need to get personal protective equipment into the hands of medical staff, 10k surgical masks and 300 goggles were donated to our local LocknCharge communities in the U.S., U.K. and Australia.
Speaking of healthcare heroes, our entire LocknCharge Europe, the Middle East and Africa team went the distance to support the National Health Service (NHS) in the U.K. They ran 5km, donated £5 and nominated five partners to join the challenge. All donations went to NHS Charities Together, with proceeds to help buy wellbeing packs for staff and volunteers, as well as things like travel, parking, accommodation and food costs.
You Better Watch Out!
After making a list and checking it twice, Santa came early to five lucky schools this year. Santa’s elf and Customer Success Manager Courtney White generously donated LocknCharge products and delivered them to educators in Florida and Georgia. Pictured below in her sparkly green cap is Courtney, along with the recipients from Crooms Academy for Technology, Forsyth County Schools, Gwinnett County Public Schools, Lee County Pre K, Newton County Schools.
One school was so excited, they had their Joey Cart cabled, loaded with devices, and moved into the pre-K classroom before Santa’s elf even left the building! The I.T. tech said it was, “The easiest cart I’ve ever wired.”
As we reflect upon 2020 and embark upon 2021, we want to thank our entire LocknCharge family for your continued support. We truly couldn’t have gotten through the year without you!