Mon. Apr 19th, 2021

C5 Insight Managing Partner Geoff Ables Will Be Presenting a Series of Remote Work Productivity and Digital Workplace Webinars for Nonprofits as Part of Apparo’s IT Webinar Series for Local Agencies

C5 Insight Managing Partner Geoff Ables Will Be Presenting a Series of Remote Work Productivity and Digital Workplace Webinars for Nonprofits as Part of Apparo’s IT Webinar Series for Local Agencies

Apparo, a nonprofit for nonprofits, helps Charlotte-area nonprofit organizations leverage technology and improve business processes to expand how they create positive social change in the community. C5 Insight Managing Partner Geoff Ables is presenting a series of webinars for local nonprofits sponsored by Apparo. His virtual presentations are focused on remote work productivity and digital workplaces.

“Apparo’s Navigating the Crisis Series: People-Centric Productivity in a Telecommuting World” will be presented on Thursday, May 28 from 12:00 noon to 1:00 pm Eastern time. In this session Ables provides a visionary look into the future of working together, and a practical guide for getting there. He also will be sharing how digital solutions are now playing a critical role in helping teams to work together when they can’t be together. Attendees will learn what people-centric looks like when high-touch is no longer possible, and hear case studies highlighting how big data, analytics, processes, collaboration and culture must align. For more information and registration, visit

“Apparo’s Navigating the Crisis Series: Rapidly Going Remote – Using SharePoint and Teams to Enable Remote Productivity” is scheduled for 11:00 am to 11:45 am Eastern time on Thursday, June 4. Ables will give an overview of how leaders are keeping themselves and their teams informed, productive and engaged during the COVID-19 pandemic. Attendees will learn over 20 features, tips and tricks that are often overlooked in SharePoint and Teams that enable teams to communicate and collaborate effectively from their home offices. They will also learn techniques for quickly targeting communications and messages to key team members. For more information and registration, visit

“Creating a Digital Workplace Annual Plan” will be presented on Thursday, July 16 from 11:00 am to 12:00 noon Eastern time. Digital workplace projects promise to transform companies from tired legacy thinking into teams of engaged employees that disrupt their competitors. But, honestly, these projects have a way of getting off track. In fact, 60-80% of digital workplace projects struggle or fail. Two of the most frequently sited reasons: not understanding the unique planning process, and no plan for change management. This session will dive into an annual digital workplace planning process, what should be included in the roadmap, how to engage leaders and users in the process and what to consider leaving out. Ables will discuss the importance of going beyond technology and into changing how organizations think about their people. Attendees will take away a framework for planning to launch or improve their project, and a process for keeping up the momentum. For more information and registration, visit

Ables is the author of “The LUCK Principle: Business Results at the Intersection of People & Profit.” In the book he teaches how to harness the power of people, process and technology to transform a business into a digital workplace that balances a people-first culture with bottom-line results. The book is available in both paperback and Kindle versions on Amazon at

Geoff Ables, C5 Insight Managing Partner, is a bestselling author, international keynote speaker and consultant. He has over 20 years of consulting experience on topics including the future of work, digital disruption, customer relationship management, social collaboration and big data. Widely regarded as a thought leader on customer and employee engagement, his insights have been seen and heard in dozens of global venues. He founded C5 Insight in 2002 and has consulted with hundreds of companies in a broad range of industries. The firm has twice been named to the Inc. 5000 list of fastest growing companies.

For more information about Geoff Ables and C5 Insight, visit


Sewing For Angels Joins Non-Profit Pittsburgh Gateways Corporation To Ramp Up Mask Making To Frontline Healthcare Workers

Sewing for Angels announced that it is now an operating division of the non-profit 501(c)(3) Pittsburgh Gateways Corporation. It is a collaborative project to provide face masks to healthcare facilities and frontline workers.

Sewing for Angels was created by Becky Auer and Mary Beth Kratsas.  Auer and Kratsas are excited to operate as a dynamic and high-growth division of Pittsburgh Gateways Corporation.  “Pittsburgh Gateways Corporation is connected with many wonderful entrepreneurial and career training programs and opportunities which can provide assistance during and after this pandemic to those whose careers are transition,” Auer said. 

She added, “As Mary Beth and I discussed this, we thought it would be a great way to help our volunteers who are helping others, and also to help to raise funds for much needed materials and supplies.” Now that Sewing for Angels is a division of the non-profit, anyone donating cash or supplies and materials can now receive a charitable contribution letter, which will provide the donor with the ability to write-off the amount of the charitable contribution from their income taxes. Auer explained, “It ended up to be a win-win for both of us.”

“The Pittsburgh Gateways Corporation’s mission, as an economic development non-profit, is to provide development and assistance for communities and social ventures,” said Jessica Lee, Vice President and Secretary of Pittsburgh Gateways Corporation.

With over 1078+ volunteers (and growing daily), Sewing for Angels has donated more than 7100 masks within the Pittsburgh area to local healthcare facilities and frontline healthcare workers.  Over 129 facilities have requested masks and there is a growing list with more requests. Governor Tom Wolf made masks mandatory in Pennsylvania on Sunday, April 19th, 2020.

To request masks through Sewing for Angels, join the Sewing for Angels Facebook Page and look for the “Mask Request” Link.

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Make a Monetary Donation:

To make a secure donation online, please visit:

If you’d like to send a check, please make your check payable to “Pittsburgh Gateways Corporation” at 1435 Bedford Avenue, Pittsburgh PA 15219. Please write “Sewing for Angels” on the memo line of the check.

To learn more about Sewing Angels, visit:

About Becky Auer and Mary Beth Kratsas

Becky Auer and Mary Beth Kratsas are entrepreneurs. Becky is an Award-winning 3-time multi-million-dollar business owner and is currently a business growth strategist. Award-winning Master of Photography, Mary Beth owns MBK Photography, based in Pittsburgh.


Location Info:
Pittsburgh Gateways Corporation
1435 Bedford Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15219
(412) 802-0988


Jason Kill Of Roofing Solutions And Concepts Donates Roof To Habitat For Humanity House In Phoenix

Jason Kill, owner of Roofing Solutions & Concepts has been involved with Habitat for Humanity for years. Roofing Solutions & Concepts has always focused on being involved in helping the community in whatever way possible and through their partnership with Habitat for Humanity, Jason believes that his giving back makes a real difference, for real people in need.

Kill said, ”I truly believe in the mission and purpose of Habitat for Humanity to help families get out of poverty and realize the dream of owning their own home.”

Habitat for Humanity offers a special program where low-income families can apply for a house that is built through the program or repair an existing house. Kill has partnered with Habitat for Humanity on roofing projects in his service area before. Habitat for Humanity homeowners help build their own homes alongside volunteers and pay an affordable mortgage.

According to Habitat, “Homeowners play a hands-on role in the home ownership process, beginning with ‘sweat equity’ hours they perform. To fulfill sweat equity hours, they work alongside volunteers to help build and renovate the places they will call home. Some also work toward this requirement by putting in time at their local Habitat ReStore, while others may serve on committees or help out in their local Habitat office. Future homeowners are also required to attend financial education and budget-planning classes.”

Jason Kill and his crew enjoy the time they spend helping Habitat for Humanity homeowners lead about the home-building process and plan to help with other Habitat for Humanity homes in the future when the opportunity arises in their local community.

When he is not helping out on Habitat for Humanity projects, Jason Kill and his crew are working hard to inspect roofs in the Phoenix area as the seasons change. In Arizona, Kill explained, it is especially important that homeowners pay attention to the state of their roof and get it inspected for damage before the harsh summer sun and heat and the rains come and potentially create water and mold damage to the home.

Right now, Roofing Solutions & Concepts is offering a seasonal roof inspection for free. Kill said, “Roofing Solutions & Concepts specializes in re-roofs, roof maintenance, cleaning and repair, and there hasn’t been a leak we can’t find and fix quickly. It is really important to maintain your roof from season to season to make it last as long as possible and to guard against potential damage from leaks which could be very expensive to fix!”

About Jason Kill

Roofing Solutions & Concepts is owned by Jason Kill. Jason has been deeply involved in the commercial and residential roofing industry in the valley for over 20 years; 17 of them working for the same company. Jason has filled every position in the roofing business in his long tenure and ultimately fulfilled his lifelong dream of owning a roofing company.

Jason’s well-rounded skill set includes an expert understanding of all commercial and residential roofing specifications, installation procedures, maintenance techniques, inspection processes, leak detection, cleaning and re-roofing practices and more. His leadership in the Arizona Roofing Contractors Association and service as the Secretary/Treasurer and Head Chairman of the Young Professional Committee further demonstrates his commitment to the highest quality standards in both roofing and customer service and satisfaction.

To learn more about Roofing Solutions & Concepts, or to schedule a free roof inspection, call (480) 276-8099 or visit


In This Article With Small Business Trendsetters, Keith Hatchett Talks About, “The How & The Why The Elease Project Can Eliminate Peoples Problems That They Are Facing Through Charitable Giving”

The Ten PALS (section) of The Elease Project is unique in structure. When Keith Hatchett researched the wealthy people of the United States and how they fund charities, he found an unusual problem in that the donor had to say no to many charities each year and yes to only one or two. This is a problem and an uncomfortable situation as most people hate to say no to charities. The Elease Project was designed to help with this problem.

Now a potential donor can donate to The Elease Project, and their money is equally divided into ten categories.

  1. DentalPAL- (Dental)
  2. MedicalPAL- (Medical)
  3. MissionPAL- (Homeless People)
  4. PovertyPAL- (Section 8 – Disabled People – People that are overwhelmed with debt)
  5. MissionaryPAL- (Missionaries – Preachers)
  6. AthletePAL- (Athletes)
  7. ImmigrationPAL- (Immigrants – Families of Immigrants)
  8. ForeclosurePAL- (Saves individuals Houses from foreclosure)
  9. AdoptionPAL- (Protects Animals – Elderly People – Children)
  10. PrisonPAL- (Prison Ministries)

The Elease Projects Mission Statement & Core Beliefs Are:

  • If you help The Elease Project with your time and donations that we can make both the Democratic and Republican people and all others in between great Americans again.
  • We can stop wrongful foreclosures. (ForeclosurePAL)
  • We can restore families by stopping wrongful deportations. (ImmigrationPAL)
  • They can get the price down and the benefits up at the same time in the area of healthcare through a process of re-insurance. (MedicalPAL)
  • This charity can cover what dental insurance does not cover so that dental care is affordable and does not bankrupt our people in America (DentalPAL)
  • Athletes can be protected from corruption during their lifetime, all while getting an education that includes an offense and a defense that protects the athletes both on and off the field or court. (AthletePAL)
  • Section 8 Housing/Disabled people can be funded to make it from the beginning of each month to the 3rd of the following month without starving and being broke. (PovertyPAL)
  • Homeless people can get insurance, clothing, haircuts, food, education, and counseling to stay off drugs and alcohol to become restored citizens. (MissionPAL)
  • Churches, including community churches, can spend more money to help those in need. Instead of building massive church buildings, they can fund Bible schools that produce more preachers, and they can provide more money to missionaries that preach the word of God, which in turn saves souls around the world. (MissionaryPAL)
  • Animals can be saved, rescued, and placed with families to give them caring homes. I believe that the elderly people should never be abandoned and left alone in isolation, which leads to depression and, finally, death. I believe that the elderly can be treated with first-class care and protected from physical and financial abuse. (AdoptionPAL)
  • People in jail and prisons, for the most part, are there for preventable reasons. I believe this program will prevent prisoners from going back to prison a second time. The program will teach the fundamentals of the Bible that will change lives forever & can greatly reduce crime & the jail/prison population, all while simultaneously increasing the good people population, saving states & counties millions of dollars. (PrisonPAL)
  • Most importantly, They believe we can run this charity. It will be the most successful charity ever because we are immigration experts, foreclosure experts, homeless caregiver experts, missionary/preacher support experts, experts for the guidance of athletes, medical experts, dental experts, poverty elimination experts, prison ministry experts, and animal and elderly person care, experts.
  • God created all of us at The Elease Project and gifted us with abnormal abilities. They believe their group was born to help others in all these different categories.
  • You will be blessed if you take action in whatever way you can.
  • The Elease Project is where all of you should donate your money, time, and effort as it took nine years to complete this project with blood, sweat, tears, and money to do it right.

The Elease Project is the first charity that was ever approved in the United States that allows a donor to make a donation, pick out a specific person & their problem & the money is guaranteed to go there, and the problem is solved all while getting a tax deduction off of their gross income to do it.

There over 40 families that Keith has saved through The Elease Project so far all with his own money. Three families still have their homes and avoided foreclosure when Keith Hatchett and The Elease Project came to their rescue. The ability to help someone you specifically know and get a tax deduction to do it is a game-changer in the world of charitable giving!!

In addition, Keith knew the structure of The Elease Project needed to benefit the wealthy also so they could benefit and would want to get involved by funding this charity. Wealthy people get hundreds of telemarketing calls asking for donations each year, and they hate to say no, but they really can’t fund them all. Keith designed this charity so that when the wealthy receive these calls that they could say, “Hey, we give to ten charities all in one place, you should call them”! This design allows for ten programs to be funded all in one place, and the donated dollars can be explicitly directed to a person, company, or any entity in need of help. Tennessee approved this charity in 2017 and helped get the entire government to come on board, and on August 10th,2018, the whole country approved The Elease Project.

In July 2019, The Elease Project made its debut in Nascar and teamed up with Premium Motorsports to sponsor the #15 car in the Coke Zero 500 in Daytona Beach, Florida, at the Daytona International Speedway. What a great day it was to see James and Elease Hatchett and The Elease Project Charity get the recognition they deserve running around the track at 200 mph in Daytona. It is their hope that this charity will get the funding it needs to help everyone around the world in need.

For more information and to donate to The Elease Program go to


Willowbroook Church in Huntsville, Alabama Confronts Easter with Covid-19 Restrictions

The American people have always turned to the church as a place of refuge in the toughest times. During a crisis, people find great comfort gathering with others in the family of faith to worship, pray and encourage one another. This has happened in times of war, in times of economic distress, and in times of national crisis, such as after 9/11.

For the first time in national history, churches cannot gather because of necessary and wise restrictions on gathering, made in response to the Covid-19 pandemic facing us presently. For the first time in our country’s history, we will have an Easter where churches cannot gather people together to worship on what is traditionally the most highly attended Sunday of the year, Easter Sunday. Just because churches can’t gather in person, it doesn’t mean Easter services are cancelled. If anything, people are more eager for the hope and connection of Easter, just delivered in a different way.

Churches are having to adapt and find new ways to worship together. Churches like Willowbrook Church, in Huntsville Alabama, are now streaming services and members are watching online in their homes with their families. Mark McClelland, Pastor of Willowbrook, admits that these are unusual times, but says we are blessed to be living in a time where online streaming is possible. Willowbrook has been streaming services since March 15 on Facebook and their website each week. Pastor Mark is very pleased that thousands have watched these services and the replays, but he knows these are no substitute for having the congregation meet in person on Sunday.

This will be a Easter like no other, but Pastor Mark hopes that many will choose the online option. Even though they will be in their living rooms and with at most a few people, and not in a worship center with hundreds, they can still celebrate the greatest day in human history; the day we celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ.

Location Info:
Willowbrook Baptist Church Huntsville
7625 Bailey Cove Rd SE, Huntsville, AL 35802, Huntsville, Alabama 35802