Since 2013, e-End and the Scott Key Center have been involved in a beneficial partnership, and recently e-End welcomed two of the Center's clients for an opportunity to see the importance of their work in the process of recycling old computers. In the year-plus partnership, the Center has disassembled hundreds of computers for e-End, which has provided both excellent work opportunities for the Center's clients and income since e-End pays for the work completed.
During the tour of e-End's headquarters, Scott Key Center clients Mark Heim and Rita Vincent were joined by Shawn Dennison, the Center's Job Development Specialist, for a chance to see what happens to items that they are responsible for disassembling and sorting for e-End.
e-End has regularly delivered 200 computers to Scott Key Center, where after arriving, Mark will work three to four hours a day disassembling the units down to their individual components. A nineteen-year Scott Key Center client, and former participant in the County's Career and Tech Center's Small Engine Program, Mark will remove power supplies, mother boards and other parts. This allows for quicker handling once back at e-End, where components are sent to processors to become new raw materials. Rita, who has been with the Scott Key Center for over twenty years will then sort the components and box them up. e-End picks up the boxes during the next drop-off. "I like doing my job. We are a good team and work well together." said Rita.
Steve Chafitz, President of e-End, says that, "The assistance that Scott Key Center provides us is a great help. Having Mark and Rita assist in the recycling process allows us to increase our productivity, and provides work opportunities for both of them."
The mission of the Scott Key Center, located in Frederick, MD, is to provide fulfilling employment for area adults with developmental disabilities. The center performs a variety of tasks for local businesses, including printing and product assembly. According to Shawn, "By working with companies such as e-End we are able to give our clients, including Rita and Mark, good sources of employment. In fact, Mark's wages are covered simply by the material he is responsible for handling. I have never seen Mark and Rita so happy. They look forward to their work with the old computers."
After getting a chance to see what happens to the computer components he handles, Mark said, "I enjoy being able to get my work done. I've never been happier with my job."
To learn more about the Scott Key Center, visit their website atwww.scottkeycenter.orgor call (301) 600-1600