Tech Networks to offer early-bird Roundtable registration for MNN members

Tech Networks of Boston runs roundtable sessions approximately twice a month, on various topics of interest to our staff, our nonprofit clients, and our friends. These sessions tend to book to capacity very quickly, sometimes within 48 hours of when registration opens.

Tech Networks of Boston is now offering access to advance registration to employees of organizations that are nonprofit members of the Massachusetts Nonprofit Network.

To find out whether the organization that employs you qualifies as a nonprofit member, take a look at the directory at http://www.massnonprofitnet.org/mnn-members/ . If your nonprofit organization is listed, then you are good to go.)

Employees of qualified nonprofits who sign up for special advance privileges will receive email invitations to TNB Roundtable sessions at least 24 hours before we open registration to the public.

To find out how to sign up, please follow this link:

http://www.massnonprofitnet.org/professional-directory/listing/tech-networks-of-boston-1

When you get to that web page, you’ll find another membership bonus: an offer of pro bono strategic technology assistance to nonprofit organizations that are members of MNN.

Enjoy!

Southie Trees: A Year in Review

2012 was a year of achievement and successful advocacy for Southie Trees.

Spring projects included mulching and planting flowers along Broadway and the planting of 11 trees through the Grow Boston Greener Grant. During the summer, a Water-A-Tree Program was implemented, a deep root feed was held on Castle Island with Jason Mraz, and a survey of the street trees on West Broadway was conducted. In the fall, we planted trees with Excel High and South Boston Catholic Academy.

Southie Trees - Tree Planting

In all, Southie Trees planted 14 trees, mulched and cared for over a hundred more, and increased community involvement in preserving trees.

In light of Hurricane Sandy and other extreme weather events, Tech Networks has decided to redirect its efforts to tackle the broader issue of climate change in 2013. Going forward, we are grateful to Donna Brown and South Boston Neighborhood Development Corporation for sustaining the Southie Trees program. For more information, email southietrees1@gmail.com.

Martin Luther King Day of Service

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. celebrates Dr. King’s instrumental role in ensuring civil rights, peace, and equality in America.

Martin Luther King Jr. once said, “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, What are you doing for others?“ On this MLK Day of Service, several members of the Tech Networks team will join millions of Americans from all walks of life to serve their neighbors and communities. We encourage you and members of your organization to join us in making an impact on your community.

Here are two wonderful events being held by our clients that you can participate in:

City Mission Society of Boston:
Martin Luther King Day of Service and Learning
Saturday, January 19, 2013

Live The Dream. Honor the legacy of Dr. King by doing service in your community. People who are incarcerated, inner city school children, homeless individuals, elders and others will benefit from your service. Join us to make a difference in your life and the lives of others.

Time: 10:00 am to 3:00 pm
Address: United Parish of Brookline, 210 Harvard Street, Brookline, MA
More Information: Call Carl McDonald at 617.742.6830 x 210

Boston Children’s Chorus:
10th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Tribute Concert 

Monday, January 21, 2013

Boston Children’s Chorus (BCC) presents Content of Character in partnership with New England Conservatory. Two shows will showcase the musical excellence of BCC in harmony with the social vision Dr. King laid out to a captive nation. A special guest will join the young singers on stage as they unify to pay tribute, and celebrate Dr. King’s memory.

Time: 2:00 pm and 7:00pm
Address: Jordan Hall, 30 Gainsborough Street, Boston, MA
More information: Call 617.778.2242 or email John Connolly (jconnolly@bostonchildrenschorus.org)

To find other service projects in your neighborhood please visit http://mlkday.gov/ 

March 24: Southie Trees Volunteering and Film

Please join Southie Trees and our neighborhood partners for a volunteer event on March 24.  Starting at 10:30, we’ll care for tree pits (the patches of soil where street trees grow) focusing on East Broadway, followed by a screening of Southie Trees’ own short film Uprooted at the South Boston Public Library.  Meet at 10:30 at the Library, 646 East Broadway, South Boston.

In the morning, we’ll renovate tree pits with mulch, garbage removal (it will be a week after the Parade), weeding and flower planting.  We will also plant shrubs and flowers in the South Boston Public Library garden.  Then we’ll see the film Uprooted, a documentary made about the work of Southie Trees improving the urban forest setting in South Boston.

RSVP to southietrees1@gmail.com or (617) 269-0299 x310.  See you there!

Click here to read this month’s full Boston Techie.

Cutting Down on Waste Using SaveThatStuff

Here’s what Tech Networks has saved in 2011 by utilizing the recycling services of SaveThatStuff! We’ve saved more trees through this service than through our environmental initiative Southie Trees. We encourage you to utilize a service like SaveThatStuff so you can be a part of the green revolution in the business world. Currently TNB is undergoing the Sustainable Business Leader recertification process and hopefully this will help us to find even more ways to limit our impact on the environment and continue to grow as a socially responsible business.

Tech Networks of Boston Leads in Charitable Giving

Did you know that many nonprofits receive half their donations at the end of the year? The holidays are a wonderful time to practice charity and social responsibility.

At TNB, as we focus on providing the highest quality technology services at the best possible value, we donate more than one percent of revenues to environmental causes. Here are the organizations to which we made major gifts in 2011.

Orangutan Foundation International is leading an effort to pre- serve the Rawa Kuno Legacy Forest in Borneo, Indonesia. This vast, biologically rich forest is home to hundreds of orangutans and other endangered wildlife species. As the centerpiece of TNB’s Hutan Project, we contributed the first $11,060 to preserving this valuable habitat. To purchase your land, see bit.ly/rawakuno.

350.org founder Bill McKibben is a renowned writer and climate activist. This group spreads the message that high levels of atmospheric CO2 are causing drastic changes in our oceans and climate. TNB has helped plan 350.org’s annual climate awareness day and other advocacy activities for the past three years.

The annual Wild & Scenic Film Festival put on by “e” inc was the inspiration for TNB’s Hutan Project. It’s a testimony to the power of film that a six-minute documentary shown at the 2009 festival motivated our President to tackle the planet’s most serious deforestation issue.

Tech Networks of Boston tries to practice the ethic of service every day, in supporting the needs of all our clients.

Roberto Gets a New All-in-One PC from TNB

Recently Livia Gonzalez called us to find a computer for her son Roberto, who lives with muscular dystrophy.  The family has been on a limited income since Livia quit her job to care for Roberto full-time.  We offered the family an HP accessible All-in-One PC free of charge.  “That made my day,” Livia said, “because I’d do anything for him.”  Now Roberto can study history, his favorite subject, at home on his new accessible computer.

 

Get Listed on Boston Charity Events

Each month TNB sends our Boston Charity Events e-mail to over 8,000 subscribers. If you’re a nonprofit, get your event listed! Please visit bostoncharityevents.org and use the “Add an Event” link. You’ll get a special “TNB Client” badge in the e-mail.

The submission deadline for the e-mail newsletter is the Monday before the last Tuesday of each month. You can always submit an event to the website. Here are the deadlines for the next several months:

  • December 26
  • January 30
  • February 27
  • March 26
  • April 23
  • May 28

Our CEO’s Idea of a Vacation

Susan Labandibar is on vacation right now, but you won’t find her at the beach. Instead, she’ll be in the Borneo jungle.

That’s because Susan’s idea of a vacation is to help save the orangutans and their rain forest habitat as they are threatened by encroaching palm oil farms and other environmentally irresponsible practices.

Two years ago, Susan visited Borneo for the first time. There, she met Dr. Birute Galdikas, the guardian angel of orangutans. Susan soon became an active volunteer and donor to help Dr. Galdikas’s nonprofit, Orangutan Foundation International (OFI).

As part of her effort to help OFI, Susan created the Hutan Project here at Tech Networks of Boston. Did you know TNB donates 20% of new revenue to save crucial rain forest habitat?

This year, Susan’s tour is even more ambitious. She’ll meet the founders of several grassroots nonprofits, as well as scientists from the Center for International Forest Research in Jakarta. She’ll help them rescue endangered animals, and publicize the plight of the orangutan amid rain forest destruction.

Susan will finish her trip at the Orangutan Care Center and Quarantine in Borneo, in the happy company of the Center’s long-term volunteers and intelligent, hairy residents.

Susan will be back in the U.S. on August 31, insha’Allah. (That means “God willing” in Arabic.) Susan won’t be doing much eating during the day, either: this month is Ramadan.