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New Equipment Delivered to Upgrade Bay Area NonProfit's Technology Infrastructure

18 Jun, 2013

As one of the winners of its second annual Helping the Helpers Technology Makeover contest, Toshiba America Business Solutions, Inc. delivered $31,000 worth of new technology to Bay Area Rescue Mission. The Richmond, Calif. nonprofit is one of the largest providers of social services helping homeless and other needy individuals in Contra Costa County.

Bay Area Rescue Mission celebrates its technology windfall today at its headquarters during a 1 p.m. PST ribbon-cutting ceremony. To commemorate the event while recognizing the good works of Bay Area Rescue Mission and other area nonprofits, elected officials, Richmond Mayor Gayle McLaughlin and Contra Costa County Supervisor John Gioia are proclaiming Helping the Helpers Day throughout their respective districts.

California State Senator Loni Hancock and California Assemblymember Nancy Skinner also support Bay Area Rescue Mission’s important work for people in need within Contra Costa County and thank Toshiba’s heartfelt contribution to the nonprofit.

Mayor McLaughlin stated, “For almost 50 years, Bay Area Rescue Mission has provided shelter and other needed resources for individuals and families struggling with challenging situations. More importantly, they have honored the dignity and humanity of the individuals they have served while helping them get back into fulfilling and productive lives.”

“The Bay Area Rescue Mission provides many of our residents with the opportunity and encouragement necessary to transform themselves and their families,” said Supervisor Gioia. “We appreciate Toshiba's community efforts to partner with non-profits to lift and support families and individuals throughout the Bay Area.”

The charity was one of nearly 80 U.S. nonprofits submitting a two-minute or less video outlining their mission while articulating how a technology upgrade would benefit their organization. The contest took place on Toshiba’s corporate social responsibility Facebook portal, Toshiba for Good.

Bay Area Rescue Mission receives a prize package of Toshiba products and services including a new e-STUDIO™ multifunction product, all-in-one desktop computer, Protégé® laptop, LED HDTV, CAMILEO® camcorder, Excite™ tablet, memory cards and even energy-saving LED light bulbs to help them reduce costs, streamline operations and conserve resources.

“As an engaged corporate citizen, we place a significant priority on improving communities throughout the United States wherever we work, live and play” said Bill Melo, vice president of marketing, services & solutions at Toshiba America Business Solutions, Inc. “We applaud Bay Area Rescue Mission for presenting the means and opportunity for real and lasting change to the homeless and needy in Northern California. We are further pleased that elected officials throughout the state are recognizing nonprofits like Bay Area Rescue Mission while committed to the common good by proclaiming Helping the Helpers Day within their respective communities.”

“Needless to say, our entire Bay Area Rescue Mission team is delighted to receive this incredibly generous gift from Toshiba,” said John Anderson, chief executive officer at Bay Area Rescue Mission. “Having significantly upgraded our technology infrastructure, we are now better able to focus our time and resources toward sheltering and feeding those less fortunate.”

Irvine, Calif.-based Toshiba America Business Solutions, Inc., (TABS) is an independent operating company of Toshiba Corporation, the world’s 8th-largest electronics/electrical equipment company. TABS is a leading managed document services (MDS) provider with experts that help organizations take control of document security, workflow and print environments. With the award-winning Encompass™ managed print services (MPS) program, e-STUDIO™ line of multifunction printers (MFPs), toner products and retail information/thermal printing systems, TABS is leading the way for businesses to print smarter, work safer and conserve resources. For more information on Toshiba solutions and services available in the United States and Latin America, please visit http://www.business.toshiba.com

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