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In this issue:

May 20, 2002

Where to Turn Now Available

Low-Cost Hardware

Copier for Sale

AARP Volunteer Awards

Six Area Nonprofits Receive Tech Grants

Reaching the Next Level

Community Days

Verizon Wants You to Apply for Free Training! 

Register for Upcoming Classes

Spring 2002 Schedule 






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Where to Turn: Order Your Directory of Area Health & Human Services

Info Line, Inc. is proud to present the 2002 edition of its Where to Turn directory, the directory of health and human services for Akron, Summit County, and the surrounding region.

The directory contains critical information regarding how to find and use hundreds of essential community services and resources.

Proven to be valuable to a wide variety of people experiencing a wide range of needs and concerns.
Each entry includes the name, address, phone number(s) and a brief description of the organization and its services.
Included are a service index to find agencies that provide the services you need and a site index to find a location that is part of a parent organization.
Info Line does not rate, recommend or endorse any organization or service listed in this directory or in its database. This information is provided simply as a public service.

Technology has allowed us to lower our prices! These directories, formerly sold for $45.00, are now only $25.00* each! 

Plus $4.00 shipping and handling or pick up your order & save the S&H charges. 
Plus $1.44 Ohio sales tax or proof of tax exempt status

Order forms available on website at https://infolineinc.org/directory.htm or by calling 330-762-5627 and asking for Tracy Williams.


CTF Awards $777,000 to 37 Ohio Organizations 
Six area groups share more than $120,000 to provide technology and training.

The Ohio Community Technology Fund (CTF), through funding by AT&T, delivered $777,453 in grant funding to 37 organizations statewide to help provide technology and training to underserved communities. 

Locally, the six organizations in Akron and Ravenna sharing $120,919 in CTF grants demonstrated a commitment to providing low-income or rural communities with access to advanced telecommunications technologies and opportunities to develop essential skills to keep pace with today's rapidly changing technology environment. Grant recipients in the Akron and Ravenna area include: 

East Akron Community House will use its $49,658 grant to develop a community technology center with Internet access to provide low-income, neighborhood residents and court-directed troubled youth with access to computer technology and in-depth training. 
Akron Community Service Center & Urban League will purchase ten laptop computers with its $9,990 grant to provide offsite, mobile training to seniors, battered and homeless shelter residents, residents in subsidized housing developments, and to other low-income, hard to reach persons who would otherwise be severely limited in their ability to obtain this training. 
Children's Hospital Medical Center of Akron's Family Resource Center will establish with its $9,971 grant a health and education community outreach project that will foster access through computer technology to Internet-based health information primarily for residents of the low-income urban communities of Akron and Barberton. 
Community Support Services received $31,300 to assist young adults with mental illness to actively participate in designing and implementing their treatment plans, and empower all mental health consumers by providing computer and Internet access through a computer learning center operated by behavioral health consumers. 
Skeels Improvement Corporation received $10,000 to provide community education classes that will introduce a new form of enhanced rehabilitation to former drug dealers and addicts by teaching basic computer operations, word-processing, desktop publishing and the Internet. Other low-income senior citizens and adults seeking job skills training will also benefit from free computer training classes.
Boys & Girls Clubs of Portage County will use it's $10,000 grant to establish a computer/Internet lab designed to provide youth and adults of disadvantaged backgrounds access to computer technology. 

"The organizations receiving these awards provide an important community service, bringing technology and education to disadvantaged communities in Ohio," said AT&T Ohio President James C. Smith. "We commend the program's grant recipients for their leadership, vision and innovation in achieving this goal." 

The CTF has awarded more than $1.5 million in grants since its founding in 1999 as part of the AT&T merger agreement with the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio. The remaining grant funds will be awarded later this year by the CTF board, a five-member body comprised of representatives from AT&T, the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio, Edgemont Neighborhood Coalition, Ohio Consumers' Counsel, and Parkview Areawide Seniors Inc. 

CTF grants are funded by AT&T and are open to non-profit corporations and associations and publicly funded entities, such as schools and libraries, in AT&T Ohio's service territory. Coalitions and consortiums of such organizations are also eligible. Additional information, application forms and the complete list of organizations receiving grants in past rounds of funding can be downloaded at www.ctfohio.org or obtained by calling 614-501-1697.


Potential Resource for Low-Cost Hardware

The TechAdvantage Program donates computer systems to non-profit organizations. In addition, they help non-profits purchase low cost refurbished computers to meet their technology objectives. For more information, visit http://www.charityadvantage.com/techadvantage.htm

Remember: Project Connect does not endorse any agency. We simply provide information as a public service.


Volunteer Service Awards for AARP Members

Do you know a volunteer who is making a significant difference in your community or in the lives of others? If that person is an AARP member, you have the opportunity to honor their dedication, commitment and creativity by nominating them for the AARP Andrus Award for Community Service, AARP's most prestigious volunteer award.

The purpose of the AARP Andrus Award for Community Service is to recognize outstanding AARP members in every state who are making a powerful difference in their communities and for people 50 and over through their volunteer activities. AARP members will be honored for inspiring others to service and for volunteer commitment that is consistent with AARP's mission, vision, and strategic direction.

Please take a few minutes to visit the AARP website www.aarp.org/serviceawards to review the eligibility guidelines, selection criteria and nomination information. Nominations must be received by June 30, 2002.

AARP Ohio looks forward to receiving your nominations and the opportunity to honor the volunteers who are enhancing our members' lives and improving their communities through service.

If you would like nomination packets or need more information about the AARP Andrus Award for Community Service, please contact Tamara James at (614) 222-1526 or . 


Reaching the Next Level: Using Technology to Boost Visibility and Find Arts Funders 
Wednesday, June 12, 2002 8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Information technology continues to provide opportunities for maximizing organizational visibility and funding research strategies. During this full day session you will learn:

Essential steps for planning a website
Elements of good web design
Strategies for marketing your website
Skills for identifying funders for your projects 

This informative session is presented by Project Connect and the Foundation Center - Cleveland. 

This workshop, designed for nonprofit organizations, will be held in the Foundation Center's computer lab and will be hands-on. Don't miss this opportunity to network with colleagues while learning more about planning for a Web site and finding arts funders.

Morning Session: 9:00 am - 12:00 pm: "Web Site Development and Management" Jacquie Skrzypiec, Manager, Project Connect

Lunch: 12:00 - 1:00 pm. - Boxed Lunch: "Marketing Arts Organizations: The Grantmaker Perspective" Allan Zambie, Trustee, The John P. Murphy and Kulas Foundations

Afternoon Session:1:00 - 4:00 pm: "Using Electronic Resources for Finding Arts Funders" Paul Mitchell, Training Coordinator, The Foundation Center - Cleveland

Registration Information

Fees Per Person: Non-Members: $95 Members of the Foundation Center-Cleveland or Project Connect: $85

For more info, visit http://fdncenter.org/cleveland/feebasedprogram.html


Rolling Acres Offers Fundraising & Community Awareness Opportunities

Rolling Acres Mall is reaching out to the surrounding community with "Community Days." During one weekend in June, nonprofit organizations are invited to set up inside the common area of the mall and raise funds for their organization or cause. 

The Rolling Acres Mall Community Days event will take place during regular mall hours from Friday, June 21 through Sunday, June 23, 2002. These three days will provide all nonprofit organizations with the opportunity to have a captive audience in which to fundraise for or simply raise awareness of their organization.

The cost is only $50 for the three-day event, which includes a prime mall location, one skirted table and two chairs for your use. If your organization would like to take advantage of this great opportunity and participate in the Rolling Acres Mall Community Days, please call 330-753-5045 for a registration form. 


Copier for Sale

A Royal 2260 Copy Star is for sale at Families First of Stark County, Inc. It includes a bin sorter, a 2 and 3 hole capacity punch and a stacker. It copies 60 pages per minute, has 5 trays of paper supply, duplexes, enlarges and reduces, does cover pages and transparencies. It is very easy to operate. Families First paid $4,000 two years ago for it and will sell for $1500.

Details about the Royal 2260 can be sent upon request.

Call Dr. Barbara Hocking, Executive Director, at (330) 456-5470.


Verizon Funds Training

The Verizon Foundation—the philanthropic arm of Verizon Communications—is helping northeast Ohio nonprofits improve their use of computer technology by paying for their Project Connect training. Each eligible organization can apply for training for 3 staff members per organization; 3 classes per application; 3 applications per year. For directions on completing the application, visit infolineinc.org/connect/verizon.htm


Register for Upcoming Classes

Register for upcoming classes as soon as possible. Call 330-315-1335 or e-mail . Cost is $40 per person for staff and volunteers of member organizations;$60 per person for staff and volunteers of non-member organizations.

Intro to Computers 2: Increasing Your Efficiency
05/21/2002 - 1:00 - 4:00 PM
Microsoft Outlook
05/22/2002 - 9:00 AM - 12:00 Noon
PowerPoint 1: Slideshow Basics
06/07/2002 - 9:00 AM - 12:00 Noon 
PowerPoint 2: Animation & Graphics
06/14/2002 - 9:00 AM - 12:00 Noon 
Publisher 1: The Basics
06/19/2002 - 9:00 AM - 12:00 Noon 
Publisher 2: Newsletters
06/26/2002 - 9:00 AM - 12:00 Noon 
PageMaker 1: The Basics
06/20/2002 - 9:00 AM - 12:00 Noon 
PageMaker 2: Newsletters
06/27/2002 - 9:00 AM - 12:00 Noon 
The Database Developers Series: Access 1-5
05/16/2002 - 9:00 AM - 12:00 Noon
05/23/2002 - 9:00 AM - 12:00 Noon
05/30/2002 - 9:00 AM - 12:00 Noon
06/06/2002 - 9:00 AM - 12:00 Noon
06/13/2002 - 9:00 AM - 12:00 Noon
The Website Developers Series
Website Development & Management
05/28/2002 - 9:00 AM - 12:00 Noon
Adobe Photoshop: Graphics for the Web
06/21/2002 - 9:00 AM - 12:00 Noon
FrontPage 1: Themes & Shared Borders
06/11/2002 - 9:00 AM - 12:00 Noon
FrontPage 2: Formatting Your Pages
06/18/2002 - 9:00 AM - 12:00 Noon
FrontPage 3: Cool Tools
06/25/2002 - 9:00 AM - 12:00 Noon

Spring 2002 Schedule Changed ... Be sure to check out the latest dates!!

To view the Spring 2002 scheduled, visit infolineinc.org/connect/training.htm

If you would like us to mail you a newsletter with the most recent schedule and a list of all our services, please call us at 330-315-1335. 


As always, we are interested in hearing from you to learn how we can best meet your technology and connectivity needs. Give us a call at 330-315-1335 or e-mail us at

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