January 2023 Branch Stories
Stories of the 2022 Winning Branches
1) 2022 Branch of Year - Lynbrook Branch and President Caroline Wang
Congratulations to Caroline Wang, the Lynbrook Branch President, for winning the 2022 Branch of the Year award! This award recognizes the branch leader who has received the most Branch of the Month awards throughout 2022. As the branch president and the Assistant Director of the TAE International Outreach Committee, Caroline presented at many events, such as the San Francisco Sharks & Mermaids Parade, Beach Cleanup Event, and Cupertino's annual Earth Day Festival to spread awareness of the issue of e-waste and TAE's initiatives. She also established strong relationships with 5 senior apartments in Downtown San Jose—making battery recycling more accessible to the senior residents—and made great contributions to our 1MB drives with Google at its Mountain View and Sunnyvale sites. In total, Caroline was able to collect over 70,000 batteries throughout the year. We thank Caroline for her unwavering commitment and dedication to TAE's mission and values and enthusiastically congratulate her for recently getting admitted to her dream school, NYU. We wish her the very best in her future endeavors!
2) 2022 Branch of Collaboration - Troy High Branch and President Jacqueline Zhou
Collaboration has been the key to the success of the global TAE organization, and the Troy High Branch and its president, Jacqueline Zhou, in particular shined in this aspect. In addition to quickly growing to over 50 members, the branch has also recruited 7 other branches to join TAE. Through joint team efforts and collaboration, the branch organized multiple battery and electronic waste collection events in school and neighborhood communities and recycled 5,600 batteries and 1,900 pounds of electronic waste. Jacqueline, serving as the Director of the TAE International Operations Committee, also contributed tremendous efforts by hosting in-depth training sessions and coaching our team leaders with tools and information needed to host successful events. Congratulations to Jacqueline and the Troy High Branch for their collaboration efforts and a successful 2022!
3) 2022 Branch of Dedication - Carmel Valley Branch and President Bryan Huang
The TAE Carmel Valley Branch and its president, Bryan Huang, have won the 2022 Branch of Dedication award for their efforts in battery/e-waste recycling and community service. The branch held multiple successful collection events in three schools, collecting over 7,000 batteries. Despite facing rejection from a local collection center for their used batteries, they did not give up, but instead reached out to many local government officers to advocate for the implementation of more accessible and convenient battery recycling in their county. Additionally, they have volunteered at an organization called Computers 2 Kids twice a month to refurbish over 11,000 pounds of used electronics for underprivileged communities. Bryan, who also serves as the Assistant Director of the TAE International Communications Committee, has demonstrated his persistent effort and dedication towards a better future. Congratulations to Bryan and the Carmel Valley Branch!
4) 2022 Branch of Outreach - Bellarmine Branch and President Kevin Li
The Bellarmine Branch and its president, Kevin Li, have been awarded the 2022 Branch of Outreach for their exceptional outreach efforts to organizations, companies, and neighborhoods to promote battery collection. They went out their way to reach out in person, exchange emails, and have online zoom meetings to discuss the collaboration possibilities. The branch successfully helped a neighborhood association and a Silicon Valley IT company form official partnerships with Teens Against E-waste, resulting in ongoing monthly collections in 4 collection sites, including a senior center, a senior apartment, and a community center. Kevin also serves as the Assistant Director of the TAE International Outreach Committee and leads his branch to collect 15,000 batteries in 2022 alone. Congratulations to Kevin and the Bellarmine Branch for being a true example of how effective outreach and collaboration can lead to positive change and environmental protection.
Branch of the Month Stories
5) Story from Suren Sanjay - University Heights Branch
At the University Heights Branch, my brother and I embarked on a mission to collect as many batteries as possible. We kicked off our journey by posting flyers in our neighborhood, describing our mission. After three weeks, we tore out flyers and collected the batteries on mailboxes. We went door-to-door to ensure we collected all, adding even more batteries to our collection. Next, we partnered with a local business, Elks Lodge #1993, to set up a monthly battery collection box. Throughout January, with the support of our neighbors and local businesses, we collected an impressive 1,280 batteries. Our goal is to establish partnerships with as many businesses as possible and promote battery recycling throughout our community.
6) Story from Timothy Bang - Yorba Linda High Branch
“We had to pay for this.” That’s what Tino, a general manager of a senior apartment said. Tino regularly uses batteries for hearing aids, smoke detectors, and other electronics. However, he has no place to throw away his used batteries and has to pay others to take his batteries. We heard about this and contacted him to help him recycle his batteries, and he was very happy. Through this, I realized my impact on my community. This inspired me to set up other battery locations to where I have expanded to my church, another senior shelter, and am planning to have one in our public library. Due to these efforts, I have been able to collect over 4,000 batteries! But most importantly, I was able to make the lives of other people easier while also protecting our environment.
7) Story from Joshua Lou - Oxford Academy Branch
The Oxford Academy Branch co-hosted an E-waste Collection Event with two school clubs in celebration of Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service. Over 40 student volunteers collected 8,000 batteries and 7,500 pounds of e-waste in three hours on a busy Saturday morning. The branch collaborated with three high school and college districts to raise e-waste awareness among tens of thousands of families while promoting the event. The Oxford Academy Branch is proud to have contributed to such a successful and impactful event and is committed to continuing its efforts to promote sustainability and environmental protection.
Stories from multiple branches.
Formatted by the Communications Committee.
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