Our Newest Client: ReEstablish Richmond

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Meet our newest client: ReEstablish Richmond!

This amazing nonprofit was started by Patrick Braford after he noticed the issues facing refugees who were new to Richmond. ReEstablish Richmond’s mission is to help refugees establish roots, build community, and find self-sufficiency.

ReEstablish Richmond (ReR) provides programs that help newcomers to the River City adjust and become a part of the community. Public transit training, learner’s permit classes, and monthly community luncheons are just a few ways that ReR connects refugees to life-building tools and resources, helping their transition to be a positive and empowering experience.

IT4Causes connected ReR with a Flashpoint Fund, and then worked with Kate Ayers, ReR’s Executive Director, to develop a grant proposal. With just a $2000 grant, we’re looking forward to leveraging our volunteer network to help do a full assessment of all their data needs and capabilities, improve their email/calendars/contacts, increase security, set up a donor management system, and help implement their recent rebranding in their online presence.

To learn more or support ReEstablish Richmond, go to their website reestablishrichmond.org.

Meet Our New Intern

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My name is Ben Simpson and I am a Washington D.C. native going into my senior year at the University of Richmond. I am very excited to be interning with IT4Causes this summer, helping to improve the processes for the business development pipeline. Bringing expertise in leadership studies and Latin American/Iberian studies, I am keen on the leadership dynamics within workplaces and the relations of coworkers that bring about the most success in organizations across all fields. My passion of Latin American affairs and relations with the United States along with recent experience studying in South America will provide a worldlier perspective that will prove valuable to our team here at IT4Causes.

In addition, I greatly value social justice and am dedicated to giving back to the community. I have volunteered with various organizations and public schools in Richmond and only hope to expand my knowledge and impact on non-profits of the Richmond area throughout the summer. In my free time, I always enjoy to stay active. I love to play sports (particularly soccer and basketball) and explore nature, whether it be hiking, biking, or kayaking on the James River.

I am a motivated individual looking forward to making the most of this opportunity, learning a lot, and creating strong connections in the Richmond community. Don’t hesitate to reach out to me at ben.simpson@it4causes.org!

Tech4All Sponsorship

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IT4Causes is looking for sponsors and vendors for the First Annual Tech4All fair! If you are looking to get your product or service in front of a technology hungry audience a couple of weeks before Black Friday, now is your chance to lock in space at this exciting new event! Tech4All is shaping up to be a premier location for all things tech in Richmond.

If you or a retailer or a technology company you know is interested in this once a year opportunity, contact Thomas Anderson at thomas.anderson@it4causes.org. Make sure to get in touch ASAP as we would like to offer exclusivity on a first come, first serve basis.

Meet Our New Intern

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Hello Everyone! My name is Amanda Crittenden and I am the Event Management Intern for summer and fall. I am currently a VCU senior working towards my Bachelor’s in Business Management with a concentration in small business and entrepreneurship.

I have lived just outside of Richmond in New Kent my whole life. Since I started going to school at VCU, I have adopted Richmond as my second home and enjoy finding hidden gems that the city has to offer. In my free time, I love baking and relaxing at home with friends or my pets.

I look forward to learning a lot during my time with IT4Causes and hope to make lasting connections within the Richmond community. If you have any words of wisdom, questions, or possible help to offer, feel free to send me an email at Amanda.Crittenden@it4causes.org.

Planning Meeting June 8

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Please join us for the first planning meeting for the First Annual Tech4All Fair. This meeting will introduce a number of topics to be discussed and planned over the coming months in order to make this event a success.

 

Location: Impact Makers

Date: Wednesday June 8

Time: 6-7:30pm

 

Light refreshments will be provided.

 

Thank you for your interest in this exciting new endeavor and we look forward to seeing you at the meeting.

*If you cannot attend but would still like to be apart of the planning process, please send an email to either Thomas.Anderson@it4causes.org or Amanda.Crittenden@it4causes.org*

AmazonSmile for Father’s Day

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Are you shopping online for Father’s Day this year? If so, head over to AmazonSmile and do some good while you shop. Just use this link and shop for the perfect gift knowing your purchase will help out a local nonprofit.

Don’t forget, Father’s Day is June 19!

Mental Health Awareness

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As Mental Health Awareness Month comes to an end, we would like to draw attention to an article posted in USAToday showcasing the struggles of the mentally ill. Even though Mental Health Awareness Month is done, that does’t mean the conversation should stop.

 

 

What’s New at IT4Causes

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Are you looking for a chance to get involved? Well now is your chance! The introduction of a new client, Commonwealth Autism, comes the ability for growth and expansion. With all the things going on at IT4Causes right now, there is a need for new volunteers. If you would like to be involved in a great nonprofit organization who’s mission is to help other nonprofit organizations, volunteer with IT4Causes. Check out the latest opportunities and take some time to make a difference in the Richmond community.

Mental Health Awareness Month

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Since May is Mental Health Awareness Month, we would like to take this chance to recognize the great work of one of Richmond’s local nonprofit agencies. The Children’s Mental Health Resource Center has been serving the greater Richmond area since March of 2011 with the goal of making the education of children’s mental health easily accessible. They provide countless resources on various facets of children’s mental health including an on-site library.

Head to their website to learn more about this amazing organization during Mental Health Awareness Month.

http://www.mentalhealth4kids.org

Volunteer Spotlight- Dave Zaras

IT4Causes is proud of our dedicated team of hard working volunteers. Dave Zaras has been a tremendous help throughout a number of projects and we wanted to take some time to personally thank him for contributing his time and energy. IT4Causes cannot implement the great work we do without our outstanding volunteers.

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Dave Zaras is originally from Baltimore, Maryland and graduated from Towson University with a degree in Business Administration. Dave also holds a masters in information systems from Virginia Commonwealth University.

“I was in the military for 5 years so I really appreciate IT4Causes relationship with Tech for Troops.”

How did you come to volunteering  with IT4Causes?:
I work for Impact Makers, a management and IT consulting firm, located in Richmond, VA. Impact Makers is dedicated to returning 100% its net profits to the community over the life of the company. Part of our community contribution is that we provide pro bono consulting services through community partners. This is how I found out and became involved with IT4Causes.

What have you helped out with at IT4Causes?:
So far, I’ve helped a couple of IT4Causes clients with recabling portions of their local area networks in order to make those networks more reliable or to support the relocation of people within the facility. I’ve also assisted another IT4Causes client with assessments of their IT operations, looking for ways to improve on the technology foundation that’s already in place.

What type of work do you do at Impact Makers?

I’m a Consultant in the Governance, Risk and Compliance Practice. Right now, I’m leading a team of talented project managers and subject matter experts in information security with an engagement for a healthcare client who’s transforming their information security program in an effort to improve the maturity. We’re one year into a multi-year and multi-million dollar effort and are already seeing significant improvements across many of their targeted improvement areas.

Thanks again Dave! If YOU are interested in helping Richmond area nonprofits become more effective through better IT systems, please visit our website for our volunteer form.