Loyola University Maryland’s Technology Services office has received the 2012 Partner Award from the Govans Ecumenical Development Corporation (GEDCO), a community organization that provides affordable housing, supportive services, and emergency resources in the areas just east of Loyola’s Evergreen campus in North Baltimore. Loyola students frequently volunteer with many of the programs GEDCO operates, including the CARES food pantry and financial assistance center, programs for people who are homeless, and housing and services for seniors.
The award honors those whose partnerships “greatly enhance the success of [GEDCO’s] work to build caring and compassionate communities.” Loyola's Technology Services office was selected in recognition of the group’s contributions to GEDCO’s relocation of its administrative offices to the Green House Residences at Stadium Place, new residences for older adults on the former site of Memorial Stadium in Baltimore.
The Technology Services team began working with GEDCO on the project in May 2011, helping the organization secure a community grant of $25,000 from Northrop Grumman, as well as the donation of several pieces of technology equipment from Loyola vendors to help establish the new office space. As a result, GEDCO’s offices will include new workstations, a copier/printer/scanner, donated Internet service and a wireless network, a conference room table and A/V equipment, and a new telephone system. Loyola also worked with students from Baltimore’s Mergenthaler Vocational-Technical High School to install and configure the workstations, and provided training on the new equipment and software, including Microsoft Office 2010 and Google for Non-Profits, to the entire GEDCO staff.
The award was presented at GEDCO’s annual meeting on March 29.