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Published on October 24, 2014

Four Cedar Rapids Non-Profits Receive New Websites from Geonetric

Area Substance Abuse Council, Children’s Theatre of Cedar Rapids/Playtime Poppy, Corridor Running and Feed Iowa First all received new websites at the conclusion of Geonetric’s third annual Operation Overnight event.  

Cedar Rapids, IA — October 24, 2014  This morning four Cedar Rapids non-profits gathered together to see their organizations’ brand new websites. Area Substance Abuse Council, Children’s Theatre of Cedar Rapids ‘Playtime Poppy’, Corridor Running, and Feed Iowa First are all proud owners of new websites, thanks to the generosity of local software company, Geonetric.

“We are honored to have worked with Geonetric on Operation Overnight,” says Lori Johnson, President of Children’s Theatre of Cedar Rapids ‘Playtime Poppy’. “Our new website will help us connect with our community and tell our story in new and better ways.”

The sites were built as part Geonetric’s third annual Operation Overnight which began on October 23, 2014 at 8:00 a.m. and concluded October 24, 2014 at 8:00 a.m.

During the 24-hour timeframe, 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 writing for the web, Google Analytics and social media training.

“Every year I’m impressed with both the number of applicants and the number of Geonetric volunteers,” says Anne Ohrt, Operation Overnight committee chair and employee at Geonetric. “We’re truly doing something special here. We are able to touch lives through the websites that we build for these very deserving non-profits in our community.”

For a third year in a row, GoDaddy has supported Operation Overnight as a sponsor. The Hiawatha, IA-based Internet domain registrar company provides hosting services to the four non-profits for the next three years.

In addition to GoDaddy, other sponsors include: Bimm Ridder Sportswear, Schlotterback Photographics, Wylie Creative Communications, Massage Therapy Professionals, Java Creek Café, Skogman Companies, Skogman Commercial at the Penthouse, World Class Graphics & Displays, Chick-fil-A, Milio’s Sandwiches, Cedar Rapids Bank & Trust, HyVee, Office Express, Great American Popcorn Co., and Caitlin & John Studios.

The four 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 materials would help them accomplish their organization’s mission to improve the Cedar Rapids community.

More details about Operation Overnight can be found at www.operationovernight.com.

About the Non-Profit Organizations

Area Substance Abuse Council

The Area Substance Abuse Council (ASAC) provides accessible, comprehensive substance abuse prevention and treatment services designed to enhance the quality of life for individuals, families and communities in East Central Iowa. One of the oldest drug prevention and treatment agencies in Iowa, ASAC is licensed by the Iowa Department of Public Health to provide prevention and treatment services to combat the abuse of alcohol, tobacco and other drugs. Our services follow the continuum of care beginning with prevention and intervention and moving through the various levels of treatment; assessment, outpatient, intensive outpatient, residential treatment and halfway house. Our prevention services proactively change and strengthen attitudes, actions and trends that will reduce substance abuse by educating and empowering individuals and communities. ASAC is a private, nonprofit organization governed by a volunteer board of directors. We do not turn anyone away due to their inability to pay for services. Although we serve clients from throughout Iowa, we primarily serve Linn, Benton, Jones, Jackson and Clinton counties. We have six locations in Cedar Rapids.

Children's Theatre of Cedar Rapids/Playtime Poppy

The Children's Theatre of Cedar Rapids (CTCR), widely known to our fans as “Playtime Poppy,” has worked since 1935 to present and sponsor educational and entertaining programs for children in the field of drama and the interpretive arts. In partnership with Jefferson, Kennedy, Washington, and Linn-Mar High Schools, Playtime Poppy presents four children’s theatre productions per year. CTCR also provides educational programs, awards scholarships and grants, and participates in or sponsors community events like the Cedar Rapids Public Library’s Summer Reading Program.

Corridor Running

Corridor Running (formerly the Cedar Valley Running Association) aims to promote running and fitness in Eastern Iowa. Corridor Running advocates on behalf of the running community and provides many opportunities for area runners including about 15 running events in Eastern Iowa such as the NewBo Run and the Fifth Season Race. With 700 members in the Cedar Rapids/Iowa City area and growing, club membership is open to all interested parties including walkers, joggers, competitive, and non-competitive runners regardless of age, sex or athletic ability. Corridor Running also gives back to the local community outside of running. For each Corridor Running sponsored race, the race director chooses a charity and a percentage of the entry fees are donated to that charity. Examples are the Red Cross, Waypoint and the Mercy Hospice House.

Feed Iowa First

Feed Iowa First confronts food insecurity today and tomorrow by growing food and farmers. Feed Iowa First was founded in 2011 in Cedar Rapids, IA by Sonia Kendrick on her summer break from college. What started as a half acre-sized garden owned by the Alliance Church meant to help the health and well-being of Iowa’s less fortunate has since grown to well over 12,000 pounds of food grown and donated in 2013. Food donations directly support local organizations such as Horizons Meals on Wheels and HACAP! Feed Iowa First has built 12 gardens in the past year in collaboration with Rockwell Collins, GE Capital, The Missionary Alliance Church, St. Andrews, Ascension Lutheran Church and many other as well as building a huge raised bed project on the Meals on Wheels site. Feed Iowa First also supports many local urban farms by providing seeds, transplants, equipment and advice.

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. 

Visit www.geonetric.com or twitter.com/geonetric for more information.

Media Contact: Heather Stanley, 319.221.1667