give IT. get IT recognized as sole nonprofit certified electronics reuse and recycling service in New England

Founded in 2002, in Searsport and Belfast, as the PCs for Maine computer access and literacy program and recently renamed ‘give IT. get IT.’, the organization has continued to provide businesses, nonprofits, and schools with sustainable electronics recycling practices as the only service of its kind in New England.

give IT. get IT. is certified to the R2 International Best Practices Standard, the highest industry standard for data security, environmental impact, compliance, and health safety in electronics reuse and recycling and has been recognized as the only third-party nonprofit program with this credential throughout New England. By removing e-waste, or electronic waste, from landfills and the environment, the company concentrates its efforts and recognizes the inherent value of reusable tech for community benefit via refurbishing computers for low-income families who need computers to achieve their educational and employment goals.

“At Sappi, sustainability encompasses the three elements of social, environmental and economic responsibility. However, sustainability is not about philanthropy or saving the planet at any cost, it’s about making responsible decisions in the context of running a profitable business,” articulates give IT. get IT. Board Chair and former Sappi Paper IT Service Center Manager Marty Duggan. “give IT. get IT. helps organizations be sustainable. Companies’ e-waste supports people in the community, helps the planet with responsible reuse and recycling, and reduces disposal costs with donations of reusable equipment.”

The improper handling of e-waste can lead to environmental pollution and injurious human health effects, with some scrap components containing chemicals such as lead, barium, and mercury. Considering the environmental impact of the issue, these chemicals have the potential to contribute to site disposal degradation and can leach into permeable surfaces such as lawns and porous asphalt. By employing recycling practices within the organization’s procedures, give IT. get IT. has processed 6.6 million pounds of electronics and diverted 1.7 million pounds of electronic refuse toward community betterment, refurbishing technology for general and educational uses.

Belfast Senior College fall session begins Sept. 2020

Are you searching for something of value? There is much anticipation in the air these days with elections, school openings, vaccines, domestic and global issues. Why not consider a Zoom class to broaden your personal knowledge?

Value awaits you beginning next month at the virtual zoom classes offered by the Belfast Senior College. Literature, history, technology, wellness, language courses among others commence in September.

Look for our course descriptions and registration form at www.belfastseniorcollege.org. Several courses have class size limitations so register early.

No stress, no exams, no homework, no report cards! Connect with new ideas, practical education and experienced instruction. Add some value this Fall.

Group holds fundraisers to help purchase 230 Main St.

Courtesy of: The Ecology Learning Center

There will be a fundraising event to help the Ecology Learning Center secure a home at 230 Main Street, in Unity.

On Sunday, August 2, there will be a Moonrise Yoga Adventure and Sail, from 5 – 9 p.m., at Belfast Harbor. You can register at www.MaineYogaAdventure.com.

Donations will be accepted. If they reach 250 donors, it’s a triple match. Items may include musical instruments (piano, fiddles, guitars, etc.), books (nonfiction, fiction, classics). Contact info@ecologylearningcenter.org.

The Ecology Learning Center practices Zero Waste. They are a grassroots, nonprofit organization with no glossy brochures, and no marketing agent. All donations go to the capital campaign.

They need your help to purchase 230 Main St., in Unity.

Senior College offers three special one-day courses

Well the TRIAL is over and so is the BOWL……now what?

Be a Witness to your OWN enlightened experience, growth and enjoyment!

The Belfast Senior College is now offering three special one-day courses in February.

The Sequoia: A Guest Celebrity, Wed­nes­day, Feb­ruary 12. Relive the history of “The Floating White House,” now in Belfast Harbor undergoing rehabilitation.

Be Your Own Personal Knitting Designer, Friday, February 14. Learn to make your own knitting pattern and create your own design

The Fundamentals of Civic Discourse, Thursday, February 20. Learn how to contribute to restoring civility in our public and private discourse.

All courses will be held at the Hutchinson Center, in Belfast, from 9:30 a.m. – 3 p.m. Registration is now open via www.belfastseniorcollege.org.

”Winterim” semester program announced

Situation: It’s mid-January in central Maine. You are dealing with cold temps, snow, gray skies and repetitive media news.

Question: So what plans do you have to provide for thought provoking, educationally stimulating and fun socializing with new found neighbors and friends?

Answer: On Thursdays beginning January 16th Belfast Senior College will commence it’s 4 Week “Winterim” Session with a choice of fifteen 2 hour morning and afternoon classes.

So come join us!

Courses range from Literature, Philosophy, Fine Arts , Music, History, Language, Technology and Hobby appreciation.

Special one-day classes are also available on February 12, 14, and 20.

Look for listings and registration December 12 on our website: www.belfastseniorcollege.org. Please note: no stress, no exams, no homework, no report cards, no attendance requirements, free coffee, tea and cookies and fun.

 Classes for this session are $ 30 each and one-day courses are $20. Membership fee is $25 for the year from September 1 through August 1. Registration will open on December 12, 2019. Early registration is recommended to avoid disappointment.

You may register on line, by mail or in person at the Senior College Office (open Thursdays).

All classes are held at the Hutchinson Center, on Route 3, in Belfast. Tel: 207-338- 8033.