To all of the donors to the Niki Mock Project: Thank you for your tremendous support! We are now working hard to complete the backlog of computers made possible by over $15,000 in donations received so far, so Niki can place laptops. We will update this page from time to time with pictures of the recipients and our progress.
If you are a new donor to the Niki Mock Project, or would like to make additional donations, thank you so much for your generosity! Because we believe in Niki’s work and her passion to help disadvantaged youth, effective August 1st 2020, the WTA has transitioned to become the non-profit fiscal agent for the Niki Mock project, widening her ability to build her organization and obtain laptop computers, bicycles and other needed support for disadvantaged youth. All donations are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law, and will be used by the WTA to provide the Niki Mock Project with laptop computers as described below, or will be provided to Niki Mock for her to advance her project through other suppliers. The WTA is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization (EIN: 51-2035824) and is serving as the Niki Mock Project’s non-profit fiscal agent with no fee or cost. For donations of $250 or more, you will received a donation acknowledgement letter from the WTA by January 31st 2021.
Niki Mock is a freelance videographer who recently took on the Digital Divide in Washington DC with a vengeance starting at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic (click on the recent Bethesda Magazine Article and Washington Post Article ). Many of the computers she acquired came from the WTA. We were so inspired by Niki and her story that we want to help her more, so we created this landing page to tell her story, share her results, and raise money for this important cause.
“As most of you know, DC Public School closed in mid-March due to the Corona virus. Since March 14th there has been almost no education for students living in poverty in Wards 7 & 8. Most do not have access to the internet via technology in their homes, and libraries were closed. We now know that schools will remain closed into the fall. The ability to get an education virtually is critical! Teachers in southeast and northeast DC tell me the public has no idea how wide the education gap already is, and what a crisis we are heading toward.
My goal is to provide as many laptops as possible to Ward 7 and 8 elementary schools, one school at a time. I have enough for one school, J.C. Nalle elementary school. Please help me continue this effort. If everyone we know contributed one refurbished laptop at the low-cost of $99**, we’d truly make a difference in educating children that need our help!
Education is the only route to opportunity; without the means to a quality education, what kind of life do we sentence these kids to? If each of us believe that Black Lives Matter, now is the time to put money into real action.”
— Niki Mock
The WTA is now working ferociously to get more equipment donated to refurbish for this effort. Please contact us if you know of an organization that might be willing to donate their older equipment so we can make it ‘new’ again for student use. Just email firstname.lastname@example.org to set up a free pick-up of equipment. As a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, all donations are fully tax deductible to the extent allowed by law.
** These funds will be used by the WTA for the parts, software, labor, transportation and warehousing needed to receive, refurbish, and provide one high-quality Windows 10 laptop computer with web-cam, warranty, and delivery to Niki Mock for her mission.