At a time when society has been called to maintain social distancing, Victaulic is aiming to bring people closer than ever — using technology. After learning many youth and families have been isolated in apartments without any communication devices, the company donated 22 refurbished laptops to Valley Youth House (VYH) on April 6, helping individuals maintain connections to their family, friends and schools.
“I picked up the laptops and started to distribute them to our youth and families in need,” said Christina Schoemaker, senior vice president, VYH. “At a time when there is so much uncertainty, fear and anxiety, it is especially important to remain connected and to maintain good mental health. These laptops are literally life changing. We are so grateful for all Victaulic has done and continues to do to support young people and their families served by Valley Youth House.”
Since 2015, Victaulic has provided 138 laptops (valued at $17,250) to VYH, many of which are shared with The Synergy Project, a street outreach program designed to help runaway, homeless, nomadic and street youth, age 21 and under, in Bucks County, Philadelphia, Allentown, and Dauphin County.
“Victaulic aims to be a good neighbor in every community where we live and work,” said Megan Longenderfer, manager of corporate communications, Victaulic. “We are especially proud to partner with Valley Youth House to donate the gift of technology, communication and connection; as it is so vital during this time.”
The company would like to give special thanks to George Vongas, IT manager - end user computing, for cleaning, refurbishing and making the laptops usable for VYH recipients.