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The LGBT organizations that call the Rush Center home and AID Atlanta both need your help in an online contest for much needed technology upgrades to keep up their LGBT do-gooding.

The Health Initiative, one of several LGBT organizations inside the Phillip Rush Center, put its name in the hat for everyone with office space at Atlanta’s de facto gay community center. A vote for them is a vote for a much needed $15,000 technology suite at the facility. AID Atlanta, Georgia’s biggest HIV/AIDS service organization, is up for a $20,000 upgrade in a separate category of the contest for larger groups.

Business solutions company Milner opened its Technology Jump-start Your Non Profit qualifying round on Wednesday. You can vote for the Health Initiative and for AID Atlanta once per day per computer to give every gay group at the Rush Center with office space there a shot at a major equipment upgrade.

The Health Initiative, which founded the Rush Center with Georgia Equality (top photo), makes its case for the new tech suite on the contest website.

The Rush Center has become the home for Health Initiative, Georgia Equality, Atlanta Pride, United 4 Safety, Pro Georgia and Circle of Grace Community Church. The Rush Center is also the regular meeting place for a variety of community organizations, such as Transgender Individuals Living Their Truth, Atlanta Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce, In The Life Atlanta and many others.

In being more than ‘space and open to all’ these diverse organizations not only utilize PRC’s space and support so they can focus on providing their programs and services, they also collaborate with other PRC users on new projects, opportunities and programs. A technology award to HI and PRC would benefit our organization, and all of the more than 90 organizations that rely on the space as a type of small organization incubator in our community.

Upgraded technology would significantly improve the capacity of our organizations to accomplish individual missions and enable us to include new organizations.

For its part, AID Atlanta pitches its contributions and needs:

AID Atlanta provides case management, medical and educational services to over 50,000 people each year. We have 17 locations and are frequently called upon to travel to provide HIV testing and counseling services. The Atlanta community faces one of the highest rates of HIV infection in the country with women and young people particularly at risk.

Each person who comes to AID Atlanta requires complex and individualized services in order to manage their care and improve the quality of their lives. AID Atlanta uses technology to manage our work effectively. Case management and medical technologies are constantly evolving. As a non-profit, we must balance our investment in technology with having the financial resources to meet the daily needs of the people we serve. Milner’s tech makeover will help us continue the investment in technologies such as hosted telephony and document management to help us run our complex business more efficiently so we can serve even more people in the future.

So there you go. Georgia Equality, the Health Initiative, Pride and all the allied groups at the Phillip Rush Center, as well as AID Atlanta, show LGBT love all year. Now you can give some back. The qualifying round of online voting closes Jan. 31. The finalists will compete again for online votes from Feb. 11 through March 10.

For the Rush Center, go vote here, click “15 employees or less” and select The Health Initiative. Vote for AID Atlanta in the “16 employees or more” category. You can vote once per day, per computer or other internet-enabled device.


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