September 13, 2012

Social Enterprise Cafes of Colorado Event 9/19

Cafe Options, a social enterprise cafe run by CiviCore client Work Options for Women (WOW), is hosting this great event on September 19, 5:30 - 8:00 pm.

The Social Enterprise Cafes of Colorado, sponsored by the Colorado Chapter of the Social Enterprise Alliance will offer a chance to learn more about the incredible work being done by these social enterprise cafes -
Cafe Options, host of Social Enterprise Cafes of Colorado
AspenPoint Café
Café 180
Café Options 
Dirt Coffee (Opening April 2013)
Emily’s Coffee
Fresh Takes Kitchen (Opening October 2012)
Osage Café
Pizza Fusion
The Purple Door (Opening Soon)
S.A.M.E. Café
Women’s Bean Project

Get all the details and register for this FREE event here.

August 20, 2012

Happy Back-to-School!

In honor of the transition back to school, CiviCore wishes our many education and mentoring partners a very happy and productive school year!

Thank you for all you do for the next generation of movers and shakers.

August 3, 2012

Victim Service Organizations Have Impact Far Beyond Justice For Victims

CiviCore is honored to provide technology solutions for many Victim Service Organizations doing invaluable work. 

The following research, published in the Journal of Policy Analysis and Management, shows that reducing domestic violence has significant social benefits beyond providing justice for the victims and insuring safe homes for all families.

Family Business or Social Problem? The Cost of Unreported Domestic Violence

by Scott E. Carrell & Mark Hoekstra

"Social interest in problems such as domestic violence is typically motivated by concerns regarding equity, rather than efficiency. However, we document that taking steps to reduce domestic violence by reporting it yields substantial benefits to external parties. Specifically, we find that although children exposed to as-yet-unreported domestic violence reduce the achievement of their classroom peers, these costs disappear completely once the parent reports the violence to the court. This suggests that the public has an interest in helping families to overcome their problems in general and to report domestic violence in particular. It also suggests that social and judicial interventions may help combat negative peer effects in schools."

Click to read the complete research.

*Carrell, S. E. and Hoekstra, M. (2012), Family Business or Social Problem? The Cost of Unreported Domestic Violence. Journal of Policy Analysis and Management. doi: 10.1002/pam.21650

June 29, 2012

Congratulations Dr. Naumer!

The CiviCore team is thrilled to congratulate our Co-Founder, Charles "Chic" Naumer for successfully completing his PhD in Information Science.

Dr. Naumer defended his dissertation "Understanding Information Needs and Framing: A grounded theory study" last Wednesday. Following his successful defense, his committee noted the "excellence of his work especially for its novelty and complexity crossing the areas of information behavior, human-computer interaction (HCI) and policy."

Congratulations Chic!
Chic during his dissertation defense. Congratulations Dr. Naumer!

June 13, 2012

Summer Food Service Program

Summer means summer vacation from school and all the fun that goes with it. It is also means the students who rely on certain meals to be provided by school may not have access to the food they need.

The Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) is a federal nutrition program designed to ensure low-income children have access to nutritious food when school is out. Federal reimbursement is provided to schools, local governments, and private non-profit community based organizations that serve free meals and/or snacks to children aged 18 and younger throughout the summer. 

This recent story by Denver's 9News highlights the work being done through SFSP to provide 12,000 Denver kids with healthy free meals daily.
CiviCore partnered in this initiative by building the SFSP site locator toolproviding an easy way to identify summer food sites throughout the state within a specified distance from an address or by zip code. 

The SFSP is funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and implemented through local sponsors. This program has grown by more than 60 percent since 2009, and will provide healthy meals every day this summer to an estimated 30,000 children statewide.