Monday, March 26, 2012
Minnie's Food Pantry is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit agency that provides nutritious, free food to families that can't afford to buy groceries. Located in Plano, Texas, Minnie's Food Pantry is one of the largest pantries in Collin County. They pride themselves in the experience the family receives when they visit the food pantry. I'll let Cheryl "Action" Jackson, President of Minnie's Food Pantry, tell you more:
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Friday, March 23, 2012
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Wednesday, March 21, 2012
We would like to congratulate our partners in the Microsoft Disaster Response Program on being named an Honorary Laureate in The Computerworld Honors Program for their work with Second Harvest Japan and Aidmatrix in the Japanese tsunami disaster relief efforts. The Microsoft Disaster Response Portal enabled responders to rapidly share critical information with the community and other relief organizations using dynamic maps, social media integration, photos & video content. "The Computerworld Honors Program was especially competitive this year, as more than 500 IT initiatives were nominated for their innovation and benefit to society," said Julia King, executive editor of events, Computerworld.
The winners will be recognized publicly at the Laureate Medal Ceremony and Awards Gala at the Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium in Washington, D.C. on June 4, 2012
Monday, March 19, 2012
As part of the Real World Windows Azure interview series, I talked to Michael Ross, vice president for Delivery at Aidmatrix, about using Windows Azure to help power its humanitarian aid delivery solutions. Here’s what he had to say.
Himanshu Kumar Singh: Tell me about the Aidmatrix Foundation.
Michael Ross: Well, we create web-based supply-chain management (SCM) solutions that help our partners optimize distributing humanitarian relief. We started in 2001 and are headquartered in Dallas, with offices in Wisconsin, Washington D.C., Germany and India. More than 40,000 leading nonprofit, business, and government partners leverage our solutions to mobilize more than $1.5 billion in aid annually, worldwide. The donated goods, money and services impact the lives of more than 65 million people.
HKS: How does Aidmatrix leverage technology to deliver humanitarian aid?
MR: Increasingly, technology plays a vital role in enabling the rapid, targeted distribution of relief supplies to those in need. Our solutions help NGOs procure, manage and deliver humanitarian relief more efficiently by having real-time access to know what inventory is on hand and what unmet needs still exist. In this way, NGOs can save money in their purchasing, be more efficient in their distribution, and more responsive and transparent with their donors.
Friday, March 16, 2012
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Thursday, March 8, 2012
Kentucky, Indiana, Ohio, Tennessee, and Alabama all were hit by severe tornadoes in the past week. FEMA and the State Offices of Emergency Services are responding to these events. The National Donations Management Network (NDMN) helps support the States and their Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (VOADs) in the recovery efforts by listing items needed by responders and ways in which to give. If you wish to give to the relief efforts, you can visit www.ndmn.us.