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Collaborative Consulting Partners with The Home
New online giving tool enhancements to make holiday wishes come true for at-risk children and families
BOSTON—Collaborative Consulting, a company that specializes in optimizing its clients’ business and technology capabilities, has partnered with the nation’s oldest child and family services agency—The Home for Little Wanderers—to help make holiday wishes come true for at-risk children this holiday season. By donating staff time and services, Collaborative Consulting has created a new functionality for The Home’s Big Wishes for Little Wanderers Gift Drive online “wish list” database (www.giftdrive-thehome.org) that will allow donors to fulfill more than 3,600 wishes.
William Robichaud, President and CEO of Collaborative Consulting said, “We were delighted to expand upon the charitable work of our Collaborative Foundation by donating the services of our consultants who happened to be between assignments. We helped a very deserving human service organization while providing a good learning experience for our employees.”
According to Christine Robertson, The Home’s Graphic Design and Web Manager, “The Collaborative Consulting Team that has been working on this project has improved the capabilities of our system to make it user-friendly for staff and donors. Their work on the wish list website will not only benefit The Home’s donors and program staff, but ultimately the children and families we serve.”
Scott Inman, Senior Corporate Relations Manager, The Home for Little Wanderers, agrees that the new portal will allow The Home to increase the number of people it helps during the holidays. “Collaborative Consulting’s experience resulted in the creation of additional functionality that exceeds the results we were expecting,” said Inman. “The new system enhances scalability, providing The Home with the ability to grow the number of children and families that we help during the holidays, while reducing our staff time to administer.”
The site’s new functionalities also allow donors to easily choose between “Adopt a Family” and “Children’s Wishlists” links and provide an option to narrow searches by a child or family member’s age, gender, and type of gift request.
“Last year we were able to help more than 100 families and nearly 500 family members through our Adopt a Family program,” Inman explained. “In tough economic times, many of our families are in desperate need of necessities such as clothing and household items, so the enhancements to the site come at an important time as the need for our services continues to grow.”
The Home for Little Wanderers’ annual Big Wishes for Little Wanderers Gift Drive is one of the oldest toy drives in the Boston area. The event runs December 1 – 22, 2009. Donations may be delivered to the Toy Room at 161 South Huntington Ave., Jamaica Plain, MA or at a community drop-off location. To learn more, visit www.thehome.org/bigwishes.
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