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CTL Donates J5’s to help with hurricane relief efforts

CTL Donates J5’s to help with hurricane relief efforts

Laura Helms

Laura Helms

Content Manager at CTL
Laura Helms holds a BA in Applied Linguistics and has been working in content and social media management for 4+ years. Native to the Pacific Northwest when she isn't in front of a computer screen you can find her teaching yoga or creating large scale mosaic murals.
Laura Helms

Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria have spent the past few weeks devastating the coasts in Puerto Rico, Florida, and United States Virgin Islands.The damage from these storms have left millions without power, and many without housing or access to food or potable water. As relief agencies flock to the worst hit areas, , the task of helping people find loved ones and obtain access to food, water, and shelter has become an overwhelming priority. However, due to the damaged infrastructure lack of communications and  power, organizing these relief efforts has presented a unique challenge.

CTL has partnered with the Google Crisis Access Response Team (GoCART)  to get much needed help to those in the hurricane’s destructive path, making a donation of 20 J5 Chromebook units to GoCART to be distributed to the United States Virgin Islands. GoCART teams are highly trained volunteer technology professionals who work diligently with state and local agencies to provide connectivity (phones, Internet, WiFi) and other technology resources to communities in times of large scale crisis, aiding in the recovery process.

CTL president, Erik Stromquist said of the efforts,

“We’re concerned and heartbroken for the families affected by these disasters. It is critical that those affected by the storms are able to access resources to help them provide for themselves and their families, many of which require online access. We hope that the donation of the J5 Chromebooks will aid volunteers in helping those in need.”

The CTL Chromebooks  will be put to the task of helping those needing to access emergency supplemental food and cash programs like D-SNAP, Disaster Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, which aids low-income households with food loss or damage caused by natural disasters. The donated J5’s will be used for their registration tables, facilitating access to those needing to sign-up for the program.

CTL Supports All Hands Raised With Funds and Runs on Hood to Coast Team

CTL Supports All Hands Raised With Funds and Runs on Hood to Coast Team

Laura Helms

Laura Helms

Content Manager at CTL
Laura Helms holds a BA in Applied Linguistics and has been working in content and social media management for 4+ years. Native to the Pacific Northwest when she isn't in front of a computer screen you can find her teaching yoga or creating large scale mosaic murals.
Laura Helms

CTL Hits the Road Again for Annual Hood to Coast Relay

CTL loves  giving back to our community. This year, we’re continuing our tradition of taking part in the Hood to Coast Relay, a tradition in Oregon. The 36th annual Hood to Coast Relay is one of the largest and longest-running relay races in the world.  And, CTL is participating to support All Hands Raised, an organization that brings together government, education, nonprofit and business leaders to promote change.

Joining with Gerding Edlen, CTL put together a team of runners for this year’s event. As a result of the efforts of both parties, All Hands Raised will receive $6,000. The team, ‘Principles of Pace’, will compete in the relay.

About the Race

The Hood to Coast relay is on many people’s “bucket list.” For the last 26 years,  Hood To Coast reached its maximum number of teams participating. For 19 years, the relay has reached its limit on “Opening Day” of team registrations. The course runs approximately 320 km, (200 miles), with course length changes by 1 to 5 km each year due to small changes made by race organizers. The relay begins at Timberline Lodge on Mount Hood, the tallest peak in Oregon. It continues through Portland and over the Oregon Coast Range. The finish line is at Seaside Beach on the Oregon Coast.

The CTL – Gerding Edlen team is one of 1,050 12-person teams participating in the 2017 Hood to Coast race. Every year, organizers choose teams by lottery from the entries postmarked on the opening day of registration. This year’s teams were picked in October of 2016.

About All Hands Raised

With an acute focus on racial equity, All Hands Raised brings together practitioners and leaders from education, business, government and non-profits to ensure the success of every child
in Multnomah County, from cradle to career. To do this, All Hands Raised provides the framework, coaching and tools that empower schools and organizations to improve educational outcomes for more than 220,000 children and youth, ages 0–24.

As the backbone organization for the local Cradle to Career effort, All Hands Raised serves the six urban school districts in Portland and Multnomah County: Centennial, David Douglas, Gresham-Barlow, Parkrose, Portland Public Schools, and Reynolds.

Their unique history, grounded in a commitment to equity, strong governance structure and dedicated staff, ensures that they continue to make progress in our mission to help all children, youth and young adults in Multnomah County achieve their full potential.

Sprinter All the Way to the Finish Line!

The CTL Sprinter van is the newest addition to the CTL fleet. The van took a break from hauling CTL products around town to our customers and resellers, and took to the Hood to Coast to haul the CTL team from Timberline Lodge to Seaside. Our HTC sprinters enjoyed the spacious Sprinter which featured a great new van wrap designed by our in-house graphic designer, Emily! The Principles of Pace, the CTL Hood to Coast team, came in 95th place! That’s pretty impressive! Way to go team!