Electronics Recycle Day- Dec 2

Clean out those electronics-filled closets and help a worthy cause! The Way Inc. is asking for your old computers, monitors, printers, cables, and other electronics. They will refurbish usable items for sale at their store (The Saving Way) and they will take the remainder to a technology  recycling facility in Madison. They have specifically asked for the following items:
·         Windows 2000/XP class machines
·         Network Cards
·         Sound Cards
·         Power Cables
·         Network Cables (CAT5)
·         Power supplies & other internal components
Basically they will take any electronics you no longer use.

Please bring your items to our corporate location on Chris Drive during business hours on Thursday, December 2. Box up small items to make them easy to transport. We will store them in the old reception area that is just across from the receptionist on the first floor. The Way will pick up the items after 5pm that day. They will also provide receipts that allow you to itemize and assess the value of your donations for tax purposes.

If you donate a computer, please be conscientious of what may be stored on the hard disk. Erase the disk with a program that makes data recovery impossible or simply pull the drive out before you donate the machine.

The Way Inc. was our Torch Helps quarterly grant recipient in the Spring of this year and this is a great way to continue to support their mission. 

2012 Electronics Recycle Day

Electronic Items:

Box up small items to make them easy to transport. If you donate a computer, please be conscientious of what may be stored on the hard disk. Erase the disk with a program that makes data recovery impossible, or simply pull the drive out before you donate the machine.

· Windows class machines

· Monitors

· Network Cards

· Sound Cards

· Power Cables

· Network Cables (CAT5)

· Power supplies & other internal components

Additional Items Needed for their second location:

· Clothes

· Furniture

· Books

· Kitchen Items

· Linens

· Sporting Goods

· Jewelry

· Toys

· Tools

The Way Inc. is a past recipient of our Torch Helps quarterly grant, and this is a great way to continue to support their mission.

2011 American Diabetes Association Walk

In coordination with Torch Technologies, here is the link for the Torch Walk Team.  Join the team and come out to support the Diabetes walk again this year.  Last year, we were at the Botanical Garden but this year, we’ll walk around Bridge Street Town Centre. Set your calendars to remind you….22 October!!!  Clip on those walk meters to count your steps and support this great cause.I’ll see you then!!!

Wear your Torch Shirts for a group photo!!

Triana Library

On Saturday, September 18, 2010, a group of Torch employees, and spouses, volunteered at the 2010 Lowe’s Heroes project behind the Town Hall in Triana.  The Triana Public Library was destroyed by a fire Sept 20, 2009 and  all of the library’s books and computers were a total loss.  The community depended on the library for learning, career development, and computer access. Each year the Lowe’s Heroes volunteer program helps to improve the communities where Lowe’s employees work and live.  The Triana Public Library project was chosen for the Lowe’s Heroes Project by all four local stores at Hampton Cove, Madison and north and south Huntsville.  Torch employees joined the north Huntsville store early in the day to help fix up the reading nook area by spreading mulch and planting shrubs.  When the morning project was complete, the team moved inside to the makeshift library and helped sort the donated library items and assembled shelving units.

AMBUCS Event/Volunteer Opportunity

Earlier in the week, Torch Helps presented AMBUCS with our $10K Fall Grant Their president, Cindy Perkins invited all Torch employees to attend one of their large events coming up this Saturday where they will present AMTRYKES to several of their clients. This is an excellent opportunity to see how your donations are being used and the impact we can have in our community.

To volunteer or attend, please let them know by filling out a volunteer signup form. Volunteers will assist as they adjust the TRYKES to fit each client (you may have to request access to this form).

The details for Saturday are as follows:

Time: Noon to 7:00 PM on Saturday, September 25, 2010

Location: Alabama Department of Rehabilitation Community Room, 3000 Johnson Road, Huntsville, AL

They can also use volunteers to help assemble TRYKES tomorrow (Friday). If you are available or know someone who is mechanically inclined, you can contact Cindy Perkins at 256.509.2370 or visit their website at www.huntsvilleambucs.org

Recycling Day Success

Thanks to all who brought in their old computers and electronics for The Way Inc. Between the employee contributions and the old equipment we had at the main building we loaded down their big cargo van. They had two young guys come over early and help Julia move all the big heavy monitors down from the 4th floor. 

If you forgot about Recycling Day, do not fear. The Way will pick up your items at your house, you can donate at their store,  or you can wait a few months until we do this again. You can call them for pickup at (256) 503-4404 or visit their web site for more information: 
http://www.hiswayinc.org/thriftstoreoverview.html

If you donated and need a receipt, please contact Sara and we will make sure to get one to you within the next week.

Thanks again!

Jim Schwaiger
President, Torch Helps, Inc. 501(c)(3)

AMTRYKE Open House / Fundraiser

AMBUCS is holding their 2010 open house and fund raiser on Saturday,  July 24, 2010. They have several creative fund raisers planned including their Penny Challenge and Ink Cartridge Recycling. This is a great way to continue to support AMBUCS and their AMTRYKE program. Torch Helps previously awarded a $500 small grant to help with the AMTRYKE program and Torch employees have volunteered at the last two events. 

Details:

What: HSV TN Valley AMBUCS SUMMER 2010 AMTRYKE OPEN HOUSE/FUN(D) RAISER 
When: SATURDAY, JULY 24, 2010
Time: 1:00-6:00 PM (Therapist Training 1:00 – 2:00, Tryke Fitting 2:00 – 6:00 PM 
Where: ALABAMA DEPT OF REHABILITATION COMMUNITY ROOM
3000 Johnson Road Southwest 
Huntsville, AL 35805-5847 
For more Information: Call Cindy @ 256.509.2370

Thank you!

Jim Schwaiger 
President, Torch Helps, Inc. 501(c)(3)

2010 ALS Walk

Torch has committed to participate in the Walk to Defeat ALS event at Joe Davis Stadium on Saturday, August 28, 2010. Registration begins at 10:00am and the walk will begin at 11:00am. Please plan to be there before 10:30am so you can check in and find our walk team before the walk begins. Torch Technologies committed $1000 to the Alabama Chapter this year, so we are primarily asking our employees to show up and walk to show support for those affected by ALS in our community. This is a family oriented event, so everyone is welcome to participate.  A lunch will be served after the walk and live entertainment will follow. Torch had a great turnout last year and we look forward to an even better showing this time around. It’s a small thing to give an hour or two of your time, but it means a lot to those who are affected by this debilitating disease and those who have given up so much to support them.I appreciate your support and hope to see you at the walk.

Huntsville AMBUCS AmTryke Riders and Volunteers Needed

In November Torch Helps awarded a $500 small grant to the Huntsville Tennessee Valley AMBUCS organization.  

AMBUCS is a non-profit service organization that is dedicated to creating mobility and independence for people with disabilities.  With matching funds, AMBUCS purchased four AmTrykes for children who have disabilities that prevented them from experiencing the fun and freedom of riding a bike.  AMBUCS needs volunteers who are willing to work with their clients at the Safe Kids Rodeo on Saturday, May 8, from 10am to 1pm. If you are interested in helping with this event, even for an hour, please visit the link below for additional details and fill out the form to become a volunteer.

The Huntsville Bike Club and the Huntsville PD Bike patrol will also be there to teach the kids bike safety and practice safety on a track. 

Jeans for Justice Day

“Jeans for Justice” Originated in 1999 when a judge overturned a rape conviction because the victim was wearing jeans at the time of the assault.  The judge said it was common knowledge that jeans can’t be forcibly removed. We are asking employees to pay $1.00 to wear jeans on April 29, 2010. 

The dollars will be sent to HELP Line Rape Response to help provide services for rape victims.