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Stories

bridging the digital divide.

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Laptops presented to those in need

Easterseals UCP

October 18, 2023

Easterseals UCP provides meaningful services so that children, adults, and families with disabilities, behavioral health challenges, and autism can live, learn, work, and play in their communities. Easterseals has been one of our prominent laptop donors, and we always present 10% of the devices they donate back to them for their clients.

"HTI is inspiring. I see people in the community gaining motivation to work because they didn't have this access before. This is especially true of those with fewer resources. With these HTI Chromebooks, we've seen clients receive college diplomas, trade school certificates, and get jobs." -Shane Hicks

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Partner stories

We are so grateful to have our partners! Organizations can fill out the application here.

StepUp Ministry Durham
velle cares foundation
Raleigh Rescue Mission
panther branch rosenwall school
StepUp Ministry Raleigh

Xavier Williams

November 2, 2023

In December of 2022, we met Xavier, a client of ATAP for Autism. His mother expressed to us their financial struggles- facing poverty, she explained that buying a laptop was beyond their means. Because of his autism, Xavier doesn’t like dress clothes, but he was so excited to get his HTI Chromebook he dressed up for the presentation! He was hopeful, saying that the laptop would help him with applied behavioral analysis therapy. 

By June of 2023, Xavier has integrated the Chromebook seamlessly into his routine. It is now his go-to for online learning, homework, tutoring, and ABA therapy. Through it, he has learned more about the internet, Microsoft Office, and email. The Chromebook has also provided him with a newfound flexibility. No longer tied to the library's hours, he can work on his own schedule with his own personal computer. Xavier has expressed that his Chromebook is helping him achieve all his goals!

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Individual stories

We love our community! Become a recipient by filling out the application here.

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Many times a family may have digital access, but they may only have 1 or 2 devices for a family of 5-6.  There is just no way a person can be as competitive for school or jobs when many families has 2-3 devices per person.  An example is Shawn Burton. Shawn is a single mother with 3 kids with one of them being special needs. She received her laptop in December of 2022 during our 12 Days of Christmas. During COVID, the # of devices in the household wasn’t as much of an issue because the kids were able to take a Chromebook home, but now they must leave them at school so any work they have is on their phones. While one Chromebook doesn’t solve all their issues it does help shrink the digital divide in that family. The laptop has helped all three of their kids to excel in the classroom and the mother has been able to learn some other computer skills that she used to not have.

-Shawn Burton

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Michael Hines
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I've struggled with addiction in my life, but now I'm back on track, and I'm a loan officer. I recently got an opportunity to work from home, so this HTI Chromebook is needed! I would also like to go back to school. Thank you so much!


-Michael Hines

Michael Hines
Doris Swan
DeAndra Jones
Octavia Jones

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Recent Chromebook Presentations

Norlina Christian School
October 12, 2023
Durham Local Reentry Council
October 12, 2023
Men and Women United for Youth & Families
September 14, 2023
StepUp Ministry Durham
August 24, 2023
StepUp Ministry Raleigh
August 24, 2023
Work in Burke
August 10, 2023
Velle Cares Foundation
July 27, 2023
St. Andrews Christian Church
June 22, 2023
In the Beginning Missionary Baptist Church
May 18, 2023
Easterseals | UCP
May 4, 2023
Southeast Raleigh Community Learning Center
May 4, 2023
ATAP 4 Autism
April 24, 2023
The Carying Place
March 2, 2023
Gethsemane Christian Academy
March 2, 2023
The South Park East Raleigh Neighborhood Association
March 2, 2023
Passage Home
February 16, 2023
The Salvation Army
February 16, 2023
NC Guardian ad Litem
January 26, 2023
Daniel Center for Math & Science
January 19, 2023
Raleigh Rescue Mission
January 19, 2023
Tarboro Road Community Center
January 19, 2023
Paradise Landing
December 22, 2022
Panther Branch Rosenwald School
December 8, 2022
Medical Careers Readiness
December 6, 2022
Veterans Life Center
November 22, 2022
ATAP 4 Autism
November 8, 2022
Easterseals | UCP
October 31, 2022
StepUp Ministry
October 6, 2022
Raleigh Dream Center
October 6, 2022
FGV Smart Start
September 27, 2022
Raleigh Rescue Mission
August 17, 2022
Step Up Ministry
August 9, 2022
Passage Home
February 20, 2022

our stories

A HUBZone is more than just a geographical area; it's a community striving for growth. We invite you to join us in creating a lasting impact. Your contribution can transform lives by providing access to technology and opportunities that empower individuals and families.

StepUp Ministry Durham

Technology and laptops are an integral part of individuals' employment and educational goals, including creating better access to apply for jobs, participating in online classes, and applying for jobs. Many of our participants can't afford laptops and don't have access to these resources. These HTI Chromebooks will allow for so many more employment and educational opportunities.


-Bill DeFulvio

velle cares foundation

HTI is charitable, and it's been a great relationship thus far. Many of the people we serve are single mothers and families with children who need this access. I often hear clients say they need computers for employment, continuing education, and for family access to information.


- LeVelle Moton

Raleigh Rescue Mission

HTI is doing a great job! A long-term impact we see is our clients increasing their technology skills. They have used the HTI Chromebooks to get GEDs, learn technology, and obtain jobs.


-John Luckett

panther branch rosenwall school

We love our partnership with HTI! We're so excited. We have kids that come from all walks; many have poverty struggles. To have laptops, or even have a place with wifi is major. We're hoping our kids who are behind can eventually be at grade level.This partnership is great! HTI is remarkable.


-Jeffery Robinson

shawn burton

Many times a family may have digital access, but they may only have 1 or 2 devices for a family of 5-6.  There is just no way a person can be as competitive for school or jobs when many families has 2-3 devices per person.  An example is Shawn Burton. Shawn is a single mother with 3 kids with one of them being special needs. She received her laptop in December of 2022 during our 12 Days of Christmas. During COVID, the # of devices in the household wasn’t as much of an issue because the kids were able to take a Chromebook home, but now they must leave them at school so any work they have is on their phones. While one Chromebook doesn’t solve all their issues it does help shrink the digital divide in that family. The laptop has helped all three of their kids to excel in the classroom and the mother has been able to learn some other computer skills that she used to not have.

-Shawn Burton