2002 Technology Innovation Award

At Digital Ball® 2002, TechBridge announced the winner of the 2002 Advancing Community Through Technology (ACTT) Award:

The Atlanta Community Food Bank

As the recipient of this award, the Atlanta Community Food Bank receives $25,000 worth of TechBridge technology consulting services and $25,000 worth of Microsoft software. Bill Bolling, Executive Director of the Food Bank, accepted the award in front of the Digital Ball® audience of over 900 attendees.

56 candidates who applied for the award were assessed by a panel of judges from both the nonprofit and for-profit business communities, and were judged on their creative and effective use of technology to reach community targets, expand strategic goals and increase the quality of client service. The three finalists for this award included Consumer Credit Counseling Service and Parent to Parent of Georgia as well as the Food Bank. The remaining finalists each receive $10,000 in Microsoft software.

2002 marks the first year for the ACTT Award, which will remain an annual event to coincide with the Digital Ball®, now in its second year. With the success of this first year, TechBridge plans to expand the ACTT Award in the future to include new categories and enhanced benefits.

Congratulations to the Atlanta Community Food Bank

The Atlanta Community Food Bank has been a pioneer in integrating technology for food distribution to nonprofits.

Since the early 90s, the Food Bank network has grown significantly and, with software application, network integration and specialized tracking packages, can now log 16 million pounds of food per year vs. 2 million that could be logged by hand, serve 700 member agencies instead of 50, and manage a growing budget and volunteer base that supports its efforts.

This year, Armchair Media created a world-class Website for the Food Bank which facilitates on-line donations, recruits volunteers and raises awareness. Visit the new site at www.acfb.org

Congratulations also to the ACTT Award finalists!

All three finalists are diverse in their services to the community, but share a common standard of excellence and leadership in implementing technology solutions to support their missions. While the work submitted by all 56 applicants was impressive, the efforts of these three organizations were truly exceptional and we couldn’t be happier to acknowledge their good work.

Parent to Parent of Georgia

Parent to Parent’s application of technology has also had a tremendous impact on their ability to provide more services to more people.

By matching parents of children with disabilities with a volunteer supporting parent, Parent to Parent’s services provide education, advice and help to relieve the stress and feelings of uncertainty placed on a family.

After developing their databases in 1991, the number of families receiving information and referral grew from 210 to 3,213 in 2001 and the number of parent matches grew from 166 to 710.

Visit Parent to Parent of Georgia at www.parenttoparentofga.org

Consumer Credit Counseling Service
For 38 years, Consumer Credit Counseling Service has provided practical solutions to individuals and families in financial crisis.

Technology has been essential to the growth and service strategy for CCCS and has provided opportunities for more than 107,000 consumers from a broad socio-economic spectrum to receive debt counseling not only in-person (as was only available in 1998), but via the telephone and Internet, making service faster, more convenient and available to those in need.

Visit Consumer Credit Counseling Service at www.cccsatl.org

2002 Judges
– Christopher Allers, Vice President, 211 United Way of Metro Atlanta
– Rebecca Blalock, Vice President Community & Economic Development GA Power
– Ann Cramer, Director, Corporate Community Relations IBM
– Ellyn Foltz, General Manager, Enterprises Services Southern Region Microsoft
– Alicia Philipp, President Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta

Thanks to all the ACTT Award applicants
Actors Express Theatre Co.
AID Atlanta
American Junior Golf Association
American Kidney Fund
American Parkinson’s Disease Association Atlanta
The ALS Association of Georgia, Inc.
The Atlanta Community Tool Bank, Inc.
Bellevue Concerned Citizens Organization
Bethesda Home for Boys
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Atlanta
Brain Injury Association of Georgia
Camp Fire USA
Centennial Place Family YMCA
Center for Pan Asian Services, Inc.
Center for the Visually Impaired
Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta
Cobb Microenterprise Council, Inc.
Cool Girls, Inc.
Creative Community Services, Inc.
Dad’s Garage Theatre Company
Fayette Youth Protection Home, Inc.
Flint Circuit Council on Family Violence, Inc.
The Frazer Center, Inc.
Future America Basic Research Institute
Georgia Court Appointed Special Advocates, Inc.
Georgia Nurses Foundation/Association
Georgia Justice Project , Inc.
Georgia Urban Forest Council
Goodwill Industries of Middle Georgia
Hands On Atlanta
Junior Achievement of Georgia, Inc.
Latin American Association
Literacy Volunteers of America-Metropolitan Atlanta
Metropolitan Atlanta Coalition of 100 Black Women
Metro Atlanta Task Force for the Homeless, Inc.
Orchestra Atlanta, Inc.
Park Pride
Planned Parenthood of Georgia, Inc.
Project Open Hand Atlanta
Project Read
Quality Care for Children
SciTrek’s Intel Computer Clubhouse
Senior Connections
Sheltering Arms
Special Olympics Georgia, Inc.
St. Joseph’s Mercy Care Services, Inc.
St. Jude’s Recovery Center, Inc.
Starlight Children’s Foundation of Atlanta
Tech Corps Georgia
Visiting Nurse Health System
The Wholistic Stress Control Institute, Inc.
Young Audiences of Atlanta, Inc.
Youth Channel