MetLife Foundation Empowers Students through Donation for Refurbished Computers

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – MetLife Foundation has donated $25,000 to Kramden Institute, an organization in the U.S. making computers available to disadvantaged students at no cost. The donation will help refurbish computers for schools in low-income communities in North Carolina. This is part of MetLife’s continued efforts to support education initiatives and promote the mission of refurbishing computers for local schools and students in need.

MetLife has traditionally been committed to encouraging employee participation in volunteer events that further the well being of the community. The Foundation first came to know about Kramden from one of their own employees, Don Rowe, who has volunteered regularly for five years at the Institute. Rowe has, in fact, recruited an entire MetLife “army” who volunteer to refurbish computers.

The MetLife Foundation was established in 1976 to make a difference to people’s lives. The Foundation aims to donate $200 million over the next five years globally to support communities. Their involvement with Kramden will continue for the long-term in order to help disadvantaged youth have access to affordable computer and Internet technologies in under-served communities.

Kramden helps bridge the “digital divide” between communities by empowering those who do not have access to computers and the Internet. The Institute not only provides students in the age group of 6 to 18 with computers, but also trains them how to use them safely. Every computer comes pre-installed with an open-source operating system called Ubermix, which are pre-loaded with 60 free programs. The users are trained on how to access the software and use the programs, and can even download more free software.

MetLife has also contributed funds and volunteer services to local groups such as the USO of North Carolina, Junior Achievement, Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and Society of St. Andrew’s food bank program.

Source: 3BL Media

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