Newark Aids Resource Foundation For Children In Newark Receives Donation of $15,000 in Computer Equipment

Tuesday, 28 October 2014 22:06 Local Talk News Editor



Northstar New Jersey announced the opening of the third Northstar NJ After School Advantage Computer Lab today at the AIDS Resource Foundation for Children on Academy Street in Newark.

Northstar New Jersey, an affiliate of GTECH Corporation, is the management services company which, through a Growth Services Agreement with the State of NJ and Department of Treasury, provides sales and marketing support to the New Jersey Lottery.

A significant pillar of Northstar NJ's success is its commitment to the community and corporate social responsibility. Northstar NJ and the AIDS Resource Foundation for Children hosted a special dedication ceremony to celebrate the lab's official opening Tuesday afternoon the Academy Street Firehouse location.

Northstar New Jersey executives and local dignitaries, including New Jersey Lottery Executive Director Carole Hedinger, New Jersey Lottery Deputy Director John Custodio, NSNJ General Manager Russ Knapp, Freeholder Rolando Bobadilla, Representatives from Senator Cory Booker's office, ARFC Executive Director Kevin Zealand and Jim Leonard, Senior Vice President of Community Investment for the Devils, joined community members to celebrate the newly installed lab.

As part of Northstar New Jersey's commitment to community and investment in Corporate Social Responsibility, the After School Advantage program provides computer labs to non-profit organizations throughout New Jersey that demonstrate a need for the computers and dedication to promoting technology education.

"Today's computer lab launch at the AIDS Resource Foundation for Children at the Academy Street Firehouse is exciting for Northstar New Jersey," said Northstar New Jersey's General Manager, Russ Knapp. "It is the third lab we've installed in New Jersey and testament to our dedication to the education and development of our youth in the State."

Knapp said Northstar New Jersey appreciates the help and cooperation the company received from local officials, State Legislators, business people and community leaders who share the common goal of bringing computer technology to students in the areas of the state that need it the most.

"We look forward to continuing our philanthropic efforts in New Jersey for many years," Knapp said.

Northstar New Jersey donated $15,000 of advanced computer technology and other equipment to the AIDS Resource Foundation for Children, which includes 8 Dell flat-panel computers, headsets, educational software, chairs, workstations, and an all-in-one printer. The donation also included a complete room renovation which incorporated new electrical wiring, freshly painted walls and room décor.

Northstar New Jersey employees volunteered their time to help with the renovation by assembling desks and chairs, painting and installing the computers and software.

"This computer lab adds a special and invaluable component to our unique programs. We are very grateful for the support of Northstar New Jersey in making the Academy Street Firehouse a safe place for our children to learn and grow," stated Kevin Zealand, Co-Executive Director of the AIDS Resource Foundation for Children.

The AIDS Resource Foundation for Children is dedicated to serving HIV/AIDS affected youth; its' Academy Street Firehouse location is the first single location in New Jersey to address the specific educational, social, and medical needs of children and adolescents who are dealing with the loss of a parent due to AIDS.

After school programming is offered every afternoon at the Firehouse to enhance the lives of youth participants by aiding them in receiving a high school diploma, preparing them for life after high school (be it in college or the work force), educating them to engage in healthy lifestyles, exposing them to the arts, and providing them with necessary mental health services.

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