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Published on August 01, 2013

Geonetric Announces Five Non–Profits to Benefit from Operation Overnight Charity Event

Operation Overnight 2013 Group Photo

Five local non–profits will be receiving new websites thanks to Geonetric’s 24–hour Operation Overnight event.

Cedar Rapids, IA — August 1, 2013 — Building off of last year’s highly successful event, Geonetric is excited to announce the non–profits selected for the company’s 2013 Operation Overnight event. At a presentation this morning, representatives from the Child Family Community Collaboration, the Jane Boyd Community House, the Oak Hill Cemetery Association, the Cedar Rapids Science Center and the Wheelchair Ramp Accessibility Program discovered their organizations will be receiving a new website along with Web strategy training free of charge. 

“This is a true gift!” says Angela Berns, coalition president of the Wheelchair Ramp Accessibility Program. “We have had a dream for a website for several years with no resources to make it a reality. Grateful and excited doesn't even begin to cover how much it means to us to be chosen.”

“Last year was the first year for Operation Overnight. We had a lot of interest from our employees, were able to help four non–profits and the response from the community was amazing,” says Eric Engelmann, president and CEO of Geonetric. “We knew we wanted to make this an annual event and are thrilled to continue to use our skills to help local non–profits. Even more Geonetric employees are donating their time and talents this year so we’re able to help five charities.”

Geonetric’s annual Operation Overnight charity event will begin October 17, 2013 at 8:00 a.m. and last 24–hours straight. During this exciting event, Geonetric developers, designers and marketing strategists will work together to deliver new websites, supporting materials, and Web strategy training for all the non–profits selected free of charge.

The five non–profits were selected from a pool of applications received before July 1, 2013. Qualified non–profits had to be a 501(c) organization based in Linn County, IA. Applicants were asked to outline how receiving a new website and marketing materials would help them accomplish their organization’s mission to improve our community.

Last year Operation Overnight benefited four non–profits: The Catherine McAuley Center, 365ride, Mission of Hope, and Cancer Really Sucks

More details about Operation Overnight can be found at  

About the Non-Profit Organizations

About YouthPort

YouthPort, formerly known as The Child Family Community Collaboration (CFCC) — a joint collaboration between Tanager Place and Boys & Girls club and Young Parents Network — provides neighborhood–specific resources to at–risk families, utilizing the strengths and initiatives of three leading non–profits. Launched 2012 at the Polk Alternative Education Center, CFCC offers concrete services from 6:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. daily, and includes professional expertise from each partner. Psychological support and professional counseling is available from Tanager Place; before and after school programming is available through Boys & Girls Clubs; and weekly education and parenting support is offered from Young Parents Network. Families in under served, low–economic neighborhoods no longer have to go without basic needs, including two nutritious meals; tutoring help; welcoming programs that promote physical activity; prenatal and parental support classes; and most importantly, a safe and welcoming place for children.

About Oak Hill Cemetery Association

We are dedicated to the preservation of the history of Oak Hill Cemetery and the community. We are the final resting place for many of our community leaders and business pioneers. We strive to make the history and appropriate burial information available to extended family and the public. Being a cemetery that can trace its roots in the community back to 1854, we are the final resting place for approximately 12,000 individuals, many of which helped to shape the business environment we work in today.

About Wheelchair Ramp Accessibility Program

The mission of the Wheelchair Ramp Accessibility Program (WRAP) is to maintain a program that provides affordable, flexible home access on a timely basis to those in need, regardless of age or diagnosis. WRAP officially became a non–profit in 2010 and provides a one–stop resource to answer multiple questions; supplies clients with potential funding resource options; designs home access options that meet the client’s needs and expectations; recruits and trains capable, reliable and efficient volunteers for constructions; constructs solid, safe ramps with the intent of ADA compliance; offers repair service and provides design guidelines.

About Cedar Rapids Science Center

The mission of the Science Center (Station) is to be an innovative science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) based learning center providing exciting and engaging facilities and programming meant to inspire and stimulate the imagination of the children, families, school/youth groups, and the individuals we serve.

About Jane Boyd Community House

Jane Boyd Community House has a ninety year history of providing services to children and families in the Cedar Rapids, Iowa community. An affiliate of Four Oaks Family and Children’s Services since 2003, Jane Boyd is committed to providing holistic opportunities for positive, lasting change within the youth, families, and neighborhoods in Cedar Rapids. The primary program at Jane Boyd is the Achievement Academy, which is an after–school and summertime prevention program geared toward at–risk children living in neighborhoods around Jane Boyd, including Oak Hill–Jackson and Wellington Heights. The Achievement Academy provides a nurturing and safe environment for children while helping families feel supported enough to gain an understanding of what they must do to become more self–sufficient. Fees are based on a sliding scale and many families pay as little as $100 for an entire school year of Achievement Academy enrollment.

About Geonetric®

Geonetric is a 17-year-old digital agency that helps healthcare brands across the country thrive through effective marketing and distinctive websites. The Cedar Rapids-based company employs more than 70 creative and talented individuals. Named to the Inc. 5000 list for seven consecutive years and a two-time recipient of the Alfred P. Sloan award for Excellence in Workplace Effectiveness, Geonetric is continuously recognized for its exceptional work environment. In addition to the company’s efforts in advancing the healthcare technology industry, Geonetric is also focused on improving the Cedar Rapids community. Whether by supporting local entrepreneurship efforts or building websites for non-profits during the company’s annual Operation Overnight event, community involvement is built into the foundation of Geonetric’s culture. 

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Media Contact: Heather Stanley, 319.221.1667