WINS XEROX OFFICE MAKEOVER
Judges have selected the organization as
Putting its own technology and design needs on the back burner to
focus on its program members, the
As winner of Xerox's "Helping Hands" Office Makeover Contest, the center will receive an office technology assessment; Xerox PhazerÔ color printers; software; and a Xerox WorkCentreÔ digital multifunction system, which prints, copies, scans and faxes. The nonprofit also receives design services from Brice Cooper, host and designer of HGTV's popular show Design on a Dime, and office furniture from The HON Company.
"Our members use the reception area to develop vocational skills such
as writing letters, placing orders, filing and answering the telephone,
but participants using wheelchairs have little access because the old
furniture and clunky technology gets in the way," says Elaine Comarella,
"Obsolete technology, drab surroundings and worn-out furnishings
don't reflect the warm and supportive atmosphere the
Struggling with outdated and inefficient document technology has impacted the office's productivity. The organization's old copier routinely breaks down when the staff produces its eight-page quarterly newsletter, and the project must often be finished off-site. If anything needs to be collated, workers spread the documents on top of filing cabinets and do it manually, wasting valuable time and adding to their workload. Slow printers make it a chore to produce invitations and response cards for the annual fundraising auction. "It took us days to print all of the materials," says Comarella.
"By implementing the right mix of hardware and software, we're going
to find ways for the
The HON Company will replace the nonprofit's mismatched furniture with desks, chairs and storage systems designed to make the office more comfortable and efficient.
The makeover will be completed in late October. For more information on Xerox's "Helping Hands" contest, visit www.xerox.com/helpinghands.
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