Cedar Rapids Non-Profits Receive New Websites from Geonetric

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 received new websites during Geonetric’s annual Operation Overnight event.

Cedar Rapids, IOWA, October 23, 2015 – This morning eight Cedar Rapids non-profits gathered together to see their organizations’ brand new websites. Tanager Place, Save CR Heritage, Families Helping Families of Iowa,Olivet Neighborhood Mission, Future City Competition, Linn County Sleep Out, Millhiser Smith Foundation and Parent Education Consortium are all proud owners of new websites, thanks to the generosity of local marketing agency and technology company, Geonetric.Geonetric's Operation Overnight Team

“This has been an amazing experience,” says Morgan Boniface, facilitator, Parent Education Consortium. “Operation Overnight has given us the best gift – to inform our community who we are, what we do, and why we believe in our cause.”

The sites were built as part Geonetric’s fourth annual Operation Overnight, an event where Geonetric partners with select Cedar Rapids non-profits and gifts services such a new website. The event began on October 22, 2015 at 8:00 a.m. and concluded October 23, 2015 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 training on how to maintain their sites and how to set up and use social media.

“It is so exciting to be helping a record-breaking eight local non-profits this year,” says Anne Ohrt, Operation Overnight committee chair and employee at Geonetric. “Every year the event gets bigger and better. We’re truly doing something special here. It’s so nice to be able to use our unique talents in a way that makes a real impact in our local community.”

This unique event wouldn’t be possible without the help of other local partners and sponsors. Creative partners include Wylie Creative Communications, Caitlin & John Studios, Sculpt, and McNary Marketing & Design. Other sponsors include BimmRidder Sportswear, Massage Therapy Professionals, Java Creek Café, Catering by LJ’s, Chick-fil-A, Cedar Rapids Bank & Trust, Farmers State Bank, Hy-Vee, Office Express, Great American Popcorn Co., Hills Bank and Trust Company, Koch & Smith Insurance, U.S. Bank, F&M Bank, University of Iowa Community Credit Union, and Allen’s Orchard.

The eight non-profit organizations were selected from a pool of applications. Qualified non-profits had to be a 501(c) organization based in Cedar Rapids, 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.

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: http://www.tanagerplace.org/

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 www.savecrheritage.org

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: http://www.familieshelpingfamiliesofiowa.org/

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: http://www.olivetmission.org

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: http://www.futurecityiowa.org/

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: https://sleepoutforhomeless.org/

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: http://www.beapebble.org/

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: http://www.extension.iastate.edu/linn/content/parenting-classes

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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