Congratulations to all our finalists!
On Friday, December 18, we announced the winners of our Serious Good contest. Thank you to everyone who participated! The contest received an overwhelming show of support, with nearly130,000 votes cast!
Through Redemtech’s Serious Good™ Contest on Twitter, dozens of nonprofit organizations were nominated to receive top-brand business-grade Microsoft Authorized Refurbished desktop computers to help them modernize and help more people – to multiply the good. We were pleased to receive a wide range of nominations and be introduced to so many organizations committed to serving the community.
The 10 Finalists were selected based on their potential to use the donated equipment to help more people as described in the nominating tweet. Learn more about these organizations below.
The five Finalists that received the most votes were awarded five Red Rabbitt™ refurbished computer packages, complete with genuine Windows XP Professional and Microsoft Office 2003 software, to help them modernize operations. The remaining organizations were awarded two Red Rabbitt refurbished computer packages. Thank you to everyone who voted!
New York, New York
AmericaSCORES works to empower students in urban communities using soccer, creative expression, and service-learning. Through the years AmericaSCORES has expanded and brought this program to more than 4,500 youth in 550 urban public schools serving 14 cities, including: Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Cleveland, Dallas, Denver, Los Angeles, Milwaukee, New York, Oakland, San Francisco, Seattle, St. Louis and Washington, DC.
Computers would be used for fundraising, curriculum development and evaluation of programs and research.
Boston Learning Center
Since 1981, the Boston Learning Center has been committed to promoting academic excellence for urban students based on the belief that our youth are an invaluable asset for social change and community empowerment, particularly within low-income urban neighborhoods.
The organization needs computers to help 500 to 1,000 at-risk youth “go from F's to A's,” according to the nomination. The organization is planning to expand in 2010 and would use the computers at its new facilities.
Columbus Ronald McDonald House
The Ronald McDonald House of Central Ohio provides a home-away-from-home for families with seriously ill children staying and receiving treatment at nearby hospitals. The Ronald McDonald House Charities creates, finds and supports programs that directly improve the health and well-being of children.
New computers will help them to better provide a home-away-from-home for families with hospitalized children.
Dane County Humane Society
Dane County Humane Society is Helping People Help Animals. According to the nomination, the Dane County Humane Society provides an “awesome shelter and rehabilitation facility for ethical treatment and home-finding for animals.”
The Humane Society currently uses outdated computers. New computers would allow them to more effectively facilitate approximately 7,000 adoptions per year.
Since 1999, KINfolk has been lending laptop computers and Internet access to children whose lives have been disrupted by disease and injury. Many KINfolk kids have been able to graduate on time because they had the use of a KINfolk computer.
Computers would be given to the recipients of their program.
Lydia's House works in faith to end domestic violence, by being a place of healing and a voice of hope for abused women and their children. Lydia's House fulfills this mission by: providing safe, affordable transitional housing in a confidential location for a maximum of two years; assisting women and their children to create and implement long-term individual life-goal plans which include education, training, employment, and safe housing; and more.
Computers would be used by the homeless women in the Lydia House to look for jobs and update their resumes.
Make-A-Wish Foundation of Central & Western North Carolina
Charlotte, North Carolina
The Make-A-Wish Foundation® of Central & Western North Carolina's mission is to grant the wishes of children with life-threatening illnesses to enrich the human experience with hope, strength, and joy.
The chapter needs computers to better utilize their interns and volunteers. They would use the computers for wish-granting logistics, fundraising and other administrative tasks.
The Rose Agency is committed to assisting seniors in ways that are important in their everyday living. One of their goals is to ensure that all seniors who seek their services are treated with dignity and the highest level of integrity.
Computers would be used in a new senior center to help seniors with learning and memory retention. The Rose Agency expects that approximately 30 seniors will use the computers each day. The agency is also looking at establishing a summer camp at the same location so local children would also use the computers.
South Dakota Head Start Association
Pierre, South Dakota
The South Dakota Head Start Association coordinates and conducts activities designed to enhance awareness of Head Start in South Dakota. SDHSA programs serve low-income families in the poorest counties in the nation, including a number of Native American reservations.
The organization would donate the computers to needy families in their program which promotes early childhood development.
The Gathering Inn
The Gathering Inn offers homeless people in the community the basic necessities of life, a sense of dignity and a spirit of hope for the future by providing the guests with social, health and case management services that will help them become active participants in the community to the best of their ability. The Gathering Inn provides more than 17,000 warm and safe nights of service per year to more than 500 homeless people.
The homeless at the Gathering Inn would use the computers to find jobs, update resumes and keep in touch with family and friends.