Chase Gue plans to put more electronic devices into the hands of people who need them and fewer electronic devices into landfills. His creative idea earned the February $500 Mudita Gift from Extended Grace, a local social justice/human rights agency. The gift was sponsored by Meghan Heritage, broker-owner of BlueWest Properties.
Through his new program E-Quip, Gue will provide electronic devices and support to low-income families and individuals who may otherwise not have access to such equipment. He will also provide free repair. A computer professional with a desire to make a difference in the community, Gue figured E-Quip would be the best way to accomplish his goal.
“I know some struggling families that could benefit from having technology they otherwise could not afford,” he explains. “Whether it’s a laptop for kids to do schoolwork or a Smartphone/tablet to access e-mail or to do job searches, I want to help.”
Gue will work with local agencies to identify individuals and families who could benefit from E-Quip gifts. Long term, Gue says he’d like to help charitable organizations as well as entire schools struggling with technology.
While the Mudita Gift means Gue will be able to purchase electronic supplies, he will also accept donations of used equipment he can repair, refurbish, or recycle, which is the second part of his plan. “I’m tired of watching people throw away devices that could be repaired. If I can repair and use them, I will. If not, I’ll see that they’re properly recycled.”
Heritage shares Gue’s passion for helping community. “This community has given so much to my family and BlueWest Properties that we feel a strong desire to reach out and help meet the needs of people like Barbara Lee when they ask for help in growing an organization as valuable as Extended Grace. We are so thankful for the opportunity to make a difference in a community that has blessed us so much, and we are honored to offer the first of what we hope to be many gifts.”
Donors can drop off electronic equipment – monitors, cords, speakers, and cell phones, for example – at Extended Grace Inspire! events the first Sunday of each month at 1 p.m. at Barber School, 102 W. Exchange St., Spring Lake.
Mudita is a Sanskrit word that means “I rejoice in your good fortune.” Barbara Lee, Extended Grace experi-mentor and executive director, says, “It’s a reminder that what any one person receives is a gift for all and that we need to live in an atmosphere of abundance and generosity rather than one of scarcity, competition, and fear.”
Mudita Gifts are available only to individuals. The short application is available HERE!