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19 Jul, 2013

AKRON, Ohio (July 18, 2013) —As one of the winners of its second annual Helping the Helpers Technology Makeover contest, Toshiba America Business Solutions, Inc.  recently delivered $31,000 worth of new technology to Akron, Ohio nonprofit, Victim Assistance Program. To celebrate its technology windfall, Victim Assistance Program, which provides support, prevention and justice for victims of crime and tragedy, is holding a 10:30 a.m. EST ribbon-cutting ceremony at its headquarters tomorrow, July 19. To commemorate the event while recognizing the good works of the charity and other nonprofits in the state, Ohio Governor John R. Kasich, State Representatives, Vernon Sykes and Zack Milkovich as well as Akron Mayor Donald Plusquellic are proclaiming Helping the Helpers Day.

Representatives Sykes and Milkovich, Angi Lee, policy director for Governor Kasich and Sarah Lowry, regional representative for U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown will join Victim Assistance Program and Toshiba executives at the event.|

“I’ve been involved with the Victim Assistance Program since 1976 when I was a criminal justice planner,” said State Representative Sykes. “For many years, the organization has been a beacon of light for individuals in our community who have been affected by crime. I applaud Toshiba for upgrading the charity’s technology infrastructure to allow it to serve more people.”

State Representative Milkovich added, “The Victims Assistance Program has been serving the Summit County community for over 40 years during a time in people’s life that is often their darkest. This is a wonderful program and they are truly deserving of this recognition and support.”

“No person deserves to be the victim of a violent crime or horrific accident,” Senator Brown said. “But with Victim Assistance Program, victims can begin the process of healing so that they can get their life back on the right path. These funds will help victims that need assistance the most.”

Mayor Plusquellic stated, “The City of Akron has supported the Victim Assistance Program for many years because I know the importance of the work they do and the difference they make in the lives of so many citizens within our community. For as long as I can remember, the organization has helped our citizens successfully traverse challenging times and helped them get on their feet again.”

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.
Victim Assistance Program receives a prize package of Toshiba products and services including a new e-STUDIO3040C™ multifunction product, all-in-one desktop computer, Protégé® laptop, LED HDTV, CAMILEO® camcorder, Excite™ tablet, memory cards and even energy-saving LED lights.

“As an engaged corporate citizen, Toshiba places a lot of emphasis on improving the communities where we work and live,” said Bill Melo, vice president of marketing, services and solutions at Toshiba America Business Solutions, Inc. “This includes supporting organizations with a mission for bettering society such as Victim Assistance Program. By helping bring about justice for those touched by crime, we are thrilled to provide this magnificent organization with our technology to help the nonprofit continue its inspiring work.”

“Without question, everyone in our organization is ecstatic about receiving such an extraordinary donation from Toshiba,” said Victim Assistance Program Executive Director, Leanne Graham. “This award allows us to better assist individuals throughout our community who have been unfairly affected by crime while supporting them in their quest for justice.”

About Toshiba America Business Solutions, Inc.
Irvine, Calif.-based Toshiba America Business Solutions, Inc., (TABS) is an independent operating company of Toshiba Corporation, the world’s eighth-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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