Google is donating 17,000 Nexus 7 tablets to New York communities affected by Superstorm Sandy
So every bit helps, and Google is doing its part in a decidedly Google way. New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has come out with a press release, announcing that the Internet giant is donating some 17,000 Nexus 7 tablets to affected communities, in hopes that they'll help locals better recoup:
A few questions may have popped up in your head, and hopefully the following addresses them. First off, no, there's no specifics as to whether we're talking Nexus 7 2013 or not, only that the retail value of the donation is $2.7 million, though that's hardly the point. And second, Google won't be handing those out to passers-by off the back of a van. Instead, it'll be distributing those to libraries, small business development organizations, and senior and community centers. The former will all offer a range of services that are aimed at helping affected communities on the path of bouncing right back.
In any case, we're definitely glad to see companies like Google pooling their talent and resources for a good cause.
Governor Cuomo Announces Google's Tablet Donation to Sandy Impacted Communities on 1 Year Anniversary of Storm
Google Has Donated 17,000 Nexus Tablets to Libraries, Senior Centers, and Business and Community Centers in Sandy Affected Areas
Albany, NY (October 29, 2013)
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today, on the one-year anniversary of Superstorm Sandy, announced that Google has donated 17,000 Nexus 7 tablets to assist New Yorkers impacted by the storm. The tablets, which have a retail value of over $2.7 million, have been placed at central locations in communities affected by Superstorm Sandy, including libraries, senior centers, and business and community centers.
“It has been almost a year since New York went through the worst natural disaster in our history but for many of our state’s residents who are still building back the generosity of companies like Google can make a huge difference,” Governor Cuomo said. “Private donations like these are critical in aiding local communities in our ongoing recovery. We thank Google for helping New York build back better than before.”
“Google is proud to partner with Governor Cuomo and the New York State Community Action Agencies on this hardware donation,” said former New York Congresswoman Susan Molinari, Vice President for Government Relations at Google. “We believe that technology can and does play a compelling role in rebuilding communities to make them more resilient and stronger. Increasingly, more and more people are using technology and the internet to educate themselves or provide for their families. Our hope is that these tablets will be a resource to do just that.”
“I applaud Google and Governor Cuomo for coordinating a donation that focuses on strengthening our communities,” said New York Secretary of State Cesar A. Perales, who Governor Cuomo placed as Hurricane Sandy Donations Coordinator. “The New York Department of State is proud to have played a role in assisting Google in this donation.”
Google has donated the tablets to the New York State Community Action Association (NYSCAA), a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit that provides services and advocacy to improve the lives of people throughout New York. The State of New York, with the help of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, facilitated initial storage and distribution of the tablets to central locations in Sandy-affected areas. A list of locations receiving tablets is provided at the end of this release. The tablets will support a range of programs:
- Libraries will use the tablets in job training, work skills and English-for-Speakers-of-Other-Languages classes, and as e-reader loaners in the areas where libraries are not yet reopened
- Small business development organizations plan to integrate tablets into onsite business assistance and training classes. The organizations will also provide assistance to a high school entrepreneurship program run in about 30 underserved schools in New York City by New York State Small Business Development Centers.
- To help combat senior isolation, senior centers will employ tablets in teaching seniors to use video chatting and other electronic communication services as a way to keep them connected to their friends and families.
- Community centers will be able to use tablets in their programs to move young people living in poverty towards STEM and other high-skilled careers, as well as to assist their parents gain and improve technology-based job skills.
NYSCAA was created in 1987 to provide information, professional development, and technical assistance to New York State’s community action agencies. NYSCAA has a staff of six and a 21-member Board of Directors made up of the Executive Directors and key staff of member community action agencies. NYSCAA has a long history of enhancing the capacity of local organizations to serve as effective, responsive community resources.
“The community agencies serving people affected by Superstorm Sandy are grateful to Google and Governor Cuomo for this generous donation,” said Karla Digirolamo, the CEO of the NYS Community Action Agency. “Recovery and rebuilding is a long and difficult task and NYSCAA is pleased to offer this resource to the programs that are committed to this important work.”
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1. in_core (Posts: 80; Member since: 14 Sep 2012)
But what about us? We are willing to pay for the Nexus 5. Release it already!
10. in_core (Posts: 80; Member since: 14 Sep 2012)
i really hope so.. and after that i have to wait about 10 more days atleast to get it in my country... dying for it :'(
2. JMartin22 (Posts: 1245; Member since: 30 Apr 2013)
You won't see a rotten Apple doing that with their overpriced iPads. Good for Google and the families. I am a native New Yorker and I know how bad that storm was.
4. PapaSmurf (Posts: 8922; Member since: 14 May 2012)
Do you always have to talk bad about Apple? Seriously it gets annoying seeing articles filled with Apple comments.
13. cezarepc (Posts: 610; Member since: 23 Nov 2012)
JMartin maybe paid by a certain company.
23. DukeX (Posts: 327; Member since: 28 Aug 2013)
Does it happen to own the name of the product in your profile pic?
9. promise7 (Posts: 479; Member since: 03 Jul 2013)
Actually since you're blinded by your ignorance and hate if you knew anything you would know Apple has donated thousands if iPads to educational institutions numerous times. I'll let you go ahead and Google that so you can actually out some time and effort into some work.
22. DukeX (Posts: 327; Member since: 28 Aug 2013)
Id rather see a company donate tablets to those who were almost killed in a damn storm than an education system. You can always learn something in life but you only live once....
16. darkkjedii (Posts: 12635; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)
Check the schools colleges, and hospitals apple had donated iPads too Mr. Martin. You're constant apple bashing is getting tired dude. This article mentioned nothing about them, u really like that green attention huh?
20. xfire99 (Posts: 570; Member since: 14 Mar 2012)
Those were refurbished Ipad 1 1st gen, by Apples trade in for Ipad 2 program. Those that they cant sell as new and at full price. Either word, they dont lose money and free commercial by donating old refurbished devices. Its a win win for Apple.
Googles 2,7M/17 000 = 158US = Nexus 7 1st gen NEW prices!
Apple have never ever donate NEW devices, but since Tim Cook become CEO, they did donates 100M US to charity adviced from Bill Gates and same time Google have never donate any money to charity either.
Companys should do more like this charity, they can afford with all the moneys they earned and good commercials for them too.
21. darkkjedii (Posts: 12635; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)
I don't care what they were, they were donated.
24. xfire99 (Posts: 570; Member since: 14 Mar 2012)
Simple minded with and brainwashed is what u is, then.
28. darkkjedii (Posts: 12635; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)
That would be "you are", not "u is". The simple minded person is the one that would put "u is".
"Simple minded with and brainwashed is what u is, then." Nice sentence dude.
25. promise7 (Posts: 479; Member since: 03 Jul 2013)
Me too, these schools didn't have any in the first place. Do you really think they were going to go, no thanks this isn't the latest version.
27. rusticguy (Posts: 2828; Member since: 11 Aug 2012)
Yup much like ANF clothes were donated to victims of factory collapse in bangladesh I guess?
12. NexusPhan (Posts: 541; Member since: 11 Jul 2013)
Reminded me of the Apple "force for good in the world" article. Kinda funny how it's always Google that seems to fill that role yet doesn't feel the need to have their CEO going around advertising it to everyone. Actions speak louder than word's Cook.
5. sss_ddk (Posts: 62; Member since: 05 Mar 2013)
Microsoft should have done the same...900 000 units :)
6. nobelset (Posts: 270; Member since: 17 Oct 2012)
Every company is looking for benefits, but it's nice to see things like these once in a while. Really hope they do more of these in the future, so it's kind of a win-win situation for the needy and their brand reputation(marketing). If only all the thousands of wealthy and rich groups and companies did this, the world would be a better place...
19. rabidhunter (Posts: 90; Member since: 05 Jul 2013)
I think by this time most everyone affected has got the basic needs taken care of, I would hope so. So the items that would be most needed are comfort items not necessarily needed.
15. Nathan_ingx (Posts: 3024; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)
"I don't have a home but i have a tablet"
17. _Bone_ (Posts: 2140; Member since: 29 Oct 2012)
Remember that Sandy blew away the N4, N10 announcements. Fair play Google, Apple claims to be doing good things while Google actually does good things.
18. amats69 (Posts: 1129; Member since: 12 Nov 2012)
Nice Google! but it think it is practical if you just give Food, clothes, Medicine, Water or just Cash instead of tablets because those are what they really need now.. But i salute you for this good deeds.