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Published on October 18, 2013

Five Cedar Rapids Non–Profits Receive New Websites from Geonetric

Group photo of Geonetric's Operation Overnight volunteer team

Cedar Rapids Science Center, Jane Boyd Community House, Oak Hill Cemetery Association, Wheelchair Ramp Accessibility Program and YouthPort all received new websites at the conclusion of Geonetric’s second annual Operation Overnight event.

Cedar Rapids, IA – October 18, 2013 – This morning five Cedar Rapids non–profits gathered together to see their organizations’ brand new websites. Cedar Rapids Science Center, Jane Boyd Community House, Oak Hill Cemetery Association, Wheelchair Ramp Accessibility Program and YouthPort and all proud owners of new websites, thanks to the generosity of local software company, Geonetric.

"What an incredible gift to be chosen for this event," says Norah Hammond, executive director, Cedar Rapids Science Center. "The talents of the Geonetric team along with the incredible generosity of the company has made this a memorable experience. We could not feel more blessed or more excited to launch our new website."

The sites were built as part Geonetric’s second annual Operation Overnight, an event where Geonetric partners with select Linn County non–profits and gifts services such a new website. The event began on October 17, 2013 at 8:00 a.m. and concluded October 18, 2013 at 8:00 a.m.

During the 24–hour time frame, Geonetric developers, designers and marketing strategists worked around the clock to deliver new websites to the non–profits selected without cost. Representatives from each of the non–profits also received training on how to maintain the site and how to set up and use social media.

“It’s an honor to share our talents with our community in such a meaningful way. Although our day–to–day business operations are for healthcare clients across the country, we are passionate about our home,” says Eric Engelmann, president and CEO of Geonetric. “We were so happy with the reception in the community and the impact Operation Overnight made on the four non–profits last year, we decided to make it an annual event. This year we had even more employees’ volunteer — which means we could help five organizations. I’m so proud of our team and their commitment to our community.”

In addition to websites, certain non–profits received additional services. The group formerly known as the Child Family Community Collaboration asked for help branding the complex non–profit to help raise awareness. Geonetric’s team developed a new name, YouthPort, as well as a new logo.

For a second year in a row, GoDaddy has pledged their support of Operation Overnight. The Hiawatha, IA–based Internet domain registrar company is providing hosting services to the five non-profits for the next three years.

"Operation Overnight does a great job helping non–profit organizations looking to create an awesome digital identity,” said GoDaddy Regional Manager Mendel Kurland. “GoDaddy wants to make a difference in the world and giving back to the community in which we live and work is a big part of it."

In addition to Go Daddy, other sponsors include: BimmRidder Sportswear, Huk Printing, ProVideo, Zins, Schlotterback Photographics, Wylie Creative Communications, Brickside Café, Massage Therapy Professionals, Java Creek Café, Sykora Bakery, Kathy’s Pies, Allen’s Orchard, Compass Commercial Services, MediaQuest Outdoor, Fisheye Photography, Baby Cakes, Fusion Architects, and Office Express.

The five non–profit organizations were selected from a pool of applications. 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 training would help them accomplish their organization’s mission to improve the local community. 

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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