My Dream, The Linkage Program
In 1995 I started what was to become a nonprofit organization called the Linkage Program. As a tool for many of us, the Internet was new, complicated and scary. People had a fear of the unknown and how their organization would function or exist in the Internet World. As we know today, there was not much to fear.
The Akron Public Library had a UNIX based system/ACORN free to all nonprofits, associations, and clubs. I started the program, using Acorn, the free system offered by the library.
The Linkage Program was to become a database of products and services accessible to nonprofit organizations so each could post their needs as well as items or services they had in his or her possession to share with other nonprofit organizations. For example, this could be items, services, job opportunities, training, etc.
Any nonprofit group could fax or email this information, and I would post the items for all nonprofits, businesses, and or individuals able to assist the nonprofit with needs. The idea was that fax and or email would be sent out to all those participating, to share the needs and items that were available.
There is nothing more frustrating than watching a nonprofit or individual struggling to get their message out over and over again. 20 Years later there is still not an effective way to communicate these needs on a large scale.
The Linkage Program is a place for all nonprofits, religious organizations, businesses or individuals who are the position to help, interact with the needs of the community.
The Linkage Program is My Dream; the idea originated by my own needs as a single parent and the help I never received. I recall hearing someone say something I will always remember “In order to help the children, we must first help the mother.” I include the fathers’ “In order to help the children; we must first help the parents.”