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Published on August 28, 2015

Geonetric Announces Record-Breaking Number of Nonprofits Selected for Annual Operation Overnight Charity Event

Tanager Place, Save CR Heritage, Families Helping Families of Iowa, Inc., Olivet Neighborhood Mission, Future City Competition, Linn County Sleep Out, Millhiser Smith Foundation and Parent Education Consortium selected to receive new websites during Geonetric’s 24-hour Operation Overnight event.

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Cedar Rapids, IOWA  August 28, 2015 Geonetric is excited to announce the nonprofits selected for the company’s 2015 Operation Overnight event. At a presentation this week, representatives from Tanager Place, Save CR Heritage, Families Helping Families of Iowa, Inc., Olivet Neighborhood Mission, Future City Competition, Linn County Sleep Out, Millhiser Smith Foundation and Parent Education Consortium learned their organizations will receive new websites, built for free by the experts at Geonetric.

"I know this is going to sound cliché, but I feel like Parent Education Consortium and Play & Learn won the lottery!” says Lisa Person, director at Parent Education Consortium. “This is an amazing opportunity to reach more Linn County families than we could ever do on our own.”

This is Geonetric’s fourth consecutive year holding Operation Overnight, and the 2015 nonprofit class is the largest in the event’s history. To date, Operation Overnight has built and launched websites for 13 area nonprofits.

“When we began Operation Overnight in 2011 it was our expectation to build one website,” says Anne Ohrt, Operation Overnight committee chair. “Every year we have more and more members of the Geonetric team that want to donate their time and skills, and we’re thrilled to be able to help eight organizations this year.”

During the selection process this year, it became apparent that some applicants would benefit from sites that are smaller in scope than the traditional sites built during the event. This allowed Operation Overnight to accept more nonprofits than in past years. At the event, some teams will build two smaller-scale sites, while others will each focus on a single larger site.

This year’s Operation Overnight will begin on October 22, 2015 at 8 a.m. and last 24 straight hours. During this exciting event, Geonetric developers, designers, strategists, writers and marketing experts will work together to deliver new websites and supporting materials for the eight selected nonprofits free of charge.

The eight non-profit organizations were selected from a pool of applications. Qualified nonprofits had to be a 501(c) organization based in Linn County, Iowa. Applicants were asked to outline how receiving a new website and digital marketing resources would help them accomplish their organization’s mission to improve the local community.

More details about Operation Overnight, including links to last year’s winning sites and a full list of sponsors, can be found at

Meet the Operation Overnight Class of 2015

About Tanager Place
Since 1879, Tanager Place has been focused on helping children and families. Today, Tanager Place provides an extensive array of programs designed to help children with behavioral or psychiatric disorders achieve success. More than 5,000 children each year find healing through Tanager Place’s outpatient mental health clinic, in-patient and community-based programs, Camp Tanager and the Expressive Arts program. For more information, visit:

About Save CR Heritage
Save Cedar Rapids Heritage is a nonprofit organization dedicated to saving historic properties by developing preservation and reuse strategies, as well as raising awareness about the value of historic buildings in strengthening our community, conserving resources, fostering economic development and enriching lives. For more information, visit

About Families Helping Families of Iowa, Inc.
Families Helping Families of Iowa, Inc. (FHF) is a unique 501(c)3 nonprofit organization offering programs and services designed to provide access to basic need items and tools to position foster care children for academic and life success. We are a resource to the foster care community on an urgent basis 24 hours/7 days a week. For more information, visit:

About Olivet Neighborhood Mission
Olivet Neighborhood Mission is a community non-profit organization that provides services and programs to people in need. Programs target individuals and families that live in poverty, homelessness, disabled, and/or single-parent households. Last year Olivet Mission touched the lives of over 55,000 people in the Cedar Rapids metro area. Programs include food pantry, clothing closet, onsite parish nurse, after-school and summer youth programs, holiday adoption programs (Thanksgiving and Christmas), Program space for Head Start Daycare, onsite community garden plots, and community events such as Coast for Kids, Back-to-School Supply Distribution and the annual NW Neighborhood Block party. For more information, visit:

About Future City Competition
Future City starts every year with an important challenge topic—how can we make the world a better place? To answer it, 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students imagine, research, design, and build cities of the future that showcase their solution that addresses worldwide sustainability issues. Students present their solutions via a virtual city design (using SimCity); a 1,500-word city description; a scale model; a project plan, and a presentation to judges at the Regional Competition in January. The Regional winning team receives an all-expense paid trip to the National Finals in Washington, DC in February. All teams, whether they win not, take away many crucial skills not available in a traditional curriculum: time management, setting priorities, teamwork, division of tasks, how to meet deadlines and hands-on construction. For more information, visit:

About Linn County Sleep Out 
The Linn County Sleep Out for the Homeless is a yearly event during National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness week. It is hosted by the Linn County Veteran Affairs Office and Community Circle of Care and coordinated by volunteer representatives from local shelter programs. Participants construct makeshift shelters using cardboard or personal tents and spend the night outside while learning about homelessness and what our community is doing to help those in need. All funds raised from this event benefit local shelter agencies serving those in our community. For more information, visit:

About Millhiser Smith Foundation
The Millhiser Smith Foundation was established in January 2007 as a direct way for the owners and employees of the Millhiser Smith Agency to give back to the communities in which they live and work. The Foundation's goal is to assist nonprofit organizations based on direct need and their ability to make a difference in the community. It is important to the Millhiser Smith Foundation to be an active, supporting presence of growth and caring in the eastern Iowa area. Our motto for the Foundation is “Be a pebble. Join the Ripple.” It is based upon the premise that any one person can change the world if they start with what’s right in front of them! For more information, visit:

About Parent Education Consortium
The Parent Education Consortium (PEC) provides parenting workshops and resources to any parent of a young child (0-5 years old) as well as group presentations. Topics are related to positive parenting practices and healthy child development. For more information, visit:

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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