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Lenovo pledges $100,000 of tech support

The tech giant teams up with United Way in Europe to support life skills and education for young and vulnerable people

Posted by Hannah Oakman | March 27, 2015 | International

The consumer technology giant has announced a new corporate responsibility collaboration with United Way to improve lives with technology. Lenovo will provide the equivalent of £67,000 worth of resources and computer equipment to of education projects in the UK, France, Israel, and Romania. Together they will support children and vulnerable people to develop the life skills that will help them succeed.

Established more than 125 years ago, United Way are the worlds largest privately supported non profit organisation. They create opportunities for communities around the world by improving education, financial stability and health. In a technology reliant workforce, access and opportunities are critical to improving future chances.

United Way is a worldwide movement of nearly 1,800 community-based United Ways in 41 countries. It advances the common good by focusing on education, income and health.

“By teaming up with United Way as well as employers and education we hope to make technology accessible to those children, families and individuals who may not have had the chance to experience it before and ensure improved access to education for them,” said Aymar de Lencquesaing, president, Lenovo EMEA and senior vice president of Lenovo.

He added: “We are consistently working to improve not only our performance and the quality of our products, but also how we conduct our business, how we treat our people and the various communities we serve. The United Way activity is just one of the ways we are honouring our commitment to corporate citizenship and ensuring a better future for the global communities in which we live and operate.”

“United Way is proud to have Lenovo as a valued technology partner,” said Benedicte de Saint-Pierre, vice president, Europe & Middle East, United Way Worldwide. “This collaboration will foster safer, healthier communities with a skilled workforce that contributes to the local economies and a younger generation that’s educated and equipped for the opportunities of tomorrow.”

In the UK, the supported programs include providing technology for workshops aimed at children, parents and people in need that will promote literacy, boost self-esteem and confidence.

In the rest of Europe programs include helping parents and children acquire new computer skills, offering career support workshops to young people from disadvantaged backgrounds and using computers and tablets as a base for training, to help children and young people address their academic challenges.

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