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 December 2005


In this issue:

We Want to Help

MedAssist Helps with Prescriptions

Buckeye Baskets

VAP Holiday Baskets

PC Tip

Register for Upcoming Classes

Training Schedule 






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What Can We Do For You?

How's your website?

How efficient is your staff ?

Looking for new ideas to communicate with donors, volunteers, and clients?

Project Connect assists non-profit organizations in upgrading their technology capabilities and utilizing their resources more effectively. We focus on long-term benefits that result in stronger organizations which can serve more people with more services. Our staff are experienced in nonprofit administration and can offer solutions to your organization's unique needs.

Contact Jacquie at 330-315-1335 or to schedule a time when we can visit your organization, learn about what you do, and identify how we can partner to make your organization stronger and more efficient.


MedAssist Can Help Your Clients Get Access to Prescription Medications

MedAssist can help uninsured people who live or work in Summit County to access prescription medications. We can:

  • Pay for an emergency supply of medications that treat critically life-threatening illnesses or for antibiotics. We can help with up to $100 worth of critical medications per person during a 12-month period.

  • Help clients to apply for free or low-cost medications for any drug available through the drug companies. MedAssist can help complete the necessary applications and obtain the required information from the individual’s doctor.

In order to be eligible for MedAssist, clients must:

  • Live or work in Summit County

  • Have no prescription coverage of any kind

  • Not currently receiving public assistance

  • Have income below 230% of FPL

Clients call 330-762-0609 to apply over the phone. For more information, visit or email .


Buckeye Baskets

United Disability Services (UDS) proudly announces our Buckeye BasketsTM for the 2005 Holidays - the perfect solution for your personal and business gift-giving needs. We offer 9 great choices ranging in price from $11.95 - $49.95. You're sure to find the ideal gift for friends, family, neighbors, co-workers and business associates. Buckeye BasketsTM provides creative employment for people with disabilities and features products and specialty foods made in Ohio. This holiday give the gift that gives again and again.

Shipping is available. For more information call 330-379-3341 or email . Order online at The deadline for shipping holiday orders is Friday, December 16, or while supplies last.


Holiday Baskets for Crime Victims

The Victim Assistance Program will be providing and delivery Holiday food and gift baskets to victims of crime and trauma in Summit County. The program began over 10 years with the aid of donations from individuals and churches as well as support from local law enforcement agencies. The annual program will commence on Friday December 23, 2005. Baskets are provided to crime victims as a way of letting them know that the harm caused by crime is not forgotten at this special time of the year.

We are requesting in-kind support or a monetary donation to assist us in the cost of purchasing food items and gifts for the basket recipients. The following items are requested:


  • Bread

  • 2% Milk ½ gal

  • Apple Sauce

  • Whole kernel corn

  • Sweet Peas

  • Green Beans

  • Canned Cranberries

  • Canned Gravy Mix

  • Butter

  • Onions 3lb bag

  • 1/2lb Turkeys

  • 12-14lb Turkeys

  • 5lb Roasting Chickens

  • Coffee Candy

  • Canes

  • Brown sugar

  • Stuffing Mix

  • Sweet/Regular Potatoes 10 lb

  • Flour 5lb bag

  • Sugar 5 lb bag

For additional information please contact: Mary G. Wilson, Resource Administrator at 330-376-0040 ext 225 or e-mail at .


Jacquie's PC TIP:
Deleting AutoComplete Names from Outlook

Ever send an important, sensitive email to someone ... and then realize you sent it to the wrong person because of Outlook's AutoComplete feature? Avoid embarrassment (and job insecurity) by doing this:

  • Create a new email.

  • In the [To] box, start typing the person's name that you want to eliminate.

  • When Outlook gives you a drop-down list of names, use the arrow keys on your keyboard to select the name you want to delete.

  • Press the [Delete] key.

  • Check it by typing in the start of the name again ... if you did it right, it won't show up. If it does show up, try deleting it again. If it still shows up, log into our LIVE HELP! at We'll figure out what's going on with your computer.


Amy's PC TIP:
Covering Your Tracks: Turning off Word's Track Changes... for good!

Along with the enhanced document sharing features in Microsoft Word, the Track Changes feature became more prominent.  Tools > Track Changes records everything you delete, add and change while working on the document. Often when you open a document that has been touched by several users, you will find markup notations in the margins. This can be helpful when you're working on a document with a group, and need to see what others have changed.  However, when you send the finished product to someone, you don't want them to see all the variations you've gone through trying to get the wording just right or figure out you first asked for $500 instead of $15,000!!!

For your own purposes, you can turn off the markup by going to the View menu and toggling off Markup This doesn't remove the markup from the document, however - it stays with it, and the next person to open it can just turn the markup back on and see all of your changes.  This can be potentially disastrous with legal documents or other sensitive material!

The first step is to turn on the safety mechanism built into Word: Go to Tools > Options > Security and check Warn before printing, saving or sending a file that contains tracked changes or comments.  This will alert you to the presence of tracked changes before you send it off.

Once you've been warned, you still need to get rid of that information.  To strip out the "secret" information from a file, you can go to File > Save As... and save a copy of the file as a PDF (Portable Document Format) or RTF (Rich Text Format), which drops all information except formatting.  Be advised, we haven't tested the RTF method under every type of tracked changes, so you might want to test it with your document by sending it to yourself and trying to turn the markup back on.

Microsoft also provides a Hidden Data Tool, which removes comments, reviewing marks (just as if you'd used Accept all Changes on the Reviewing toolbar), deleted text, routing slips, document ID numbers (used for merging changes back to an original document), and various other pieces of personal information.  For complete information on how to activate this tool and what it does, visit;en-us;834427.  The add-in can be downloaded from , the link for which is also included in the first page.   Can't click on these links?  Go to and type Hidden Data Tool in the search box.

Now you can track your changes and del-"eat" them too!  Happy revising!


Register for Upcoming Classess

Project Connect now offers classes "on demand": just call or e-mail to have your name added to the list, and as soon as we have enough folks registered, we'll schedule the class. This way, we can run whatever classes you need, when you need them!

Excel and QuickBooks, in time for year-end reporting!

Microsoft Excel will be offered Wednesdays starting December 14, from 9am to noon. (Please note: This date has changed!) Excel 1 covers the basics - getting to know the spreadsheet tools, navigating around the workbook, and basic formulas. Excel 2 covers formulas, and Excel 3 covers advanced tools. If you're interested in pivot tables and interactive charts (and if you're not, you should be!!), Excel 4 is for you!! Complete descriptions of each course are on our website,

  • Excel 1: Spreadsheet Basics
    12/14/05 - 9:00 AM - 12:00 Noon

  • Excel 2: Formulas
    12/21/05 - 9:00 AM - 12:00 Noon

  • Excel 3: Advanced Tools
    12/28/05 - 9:00 AM - 12:00 Noon 

  • Excel 4: Data Analysis Tools
    1/4/06 - 9:00 AM - 12:00 Noon

QuickBooks is the accounting program preferred by non-profits for ease of use and reasonable cost.  If you've just purchased it, come join us and get your database set up and ready to go for 2006.  If you're already using it, come and find out how to do more than just balance your checkbook.  QuickBooks will be offered Tuesdays in December, starting Dec. 6.  Complete course descriptions are available on our website,

  • QuickBooks 1: Setting Up Your Company
    12/6/05 - 9:00 AM - 12:00 Noon

  • QuickBooks 2: Statements and Reports
    12/13/05 - 9:00 AM - 12:00 Noon

  • QuickBooks 3: Managing Donors and Grants
    12/20/05 - 9:00 AM - 12:00 Noon

The Database Developers' Series (MS Access) is starting again in January

Missed it the last time around?  The Microsoft Access waiting list is filling up, and will be scheduled again in late January 2006. The first session will focus on identifying what needs to be included in a nonprofit-related database and how to structure it so that the database will be easy to use and easy to retrieve useful information.  Over the next 3 sessions, we build our databases, using forms, queries and reports to aid data entry and data extraction. Access 5 covers troubleshooting and database maintenance.  We recommend you sign up for the entire series, as each class builds directly on the previous one.  Complete descriptions of each course are on our website,

If you have always wanted to learn more about the database you're currently using, or think that creating one will improve how you handle information, please sign up! Send an email to and let us know you're interested.

FrontPage and Word Coming Soon!

Get on the list for MS Word and FrontPage for early 2006!  FrontPage is offered in three sessions, or sign up for the whole Web Developers' Series and get PhotoShop for the Web to create your own graphics and touch up those photos for Internet use.  Word is offered in five sessions, from beginning documents to advanced desktop publishing.  Complete descriptions of each course are on our website,


Don't forget - we also offer custom sessions. Just get a minimum of 8 people together, and we'll do a special session just for you.  You don't all need to be from the same organization, so tell your friends!

Reserve your seat now - call 330-315-1335 or e-mail .


Are you getting the best deals for your technology dollar?

Don't buy anything technology-related until you've visited these three websites first!! They offer significant discounts for nonprofits with Microsoft, Dell, CDW, Adobe, and more!


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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