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Xerox Makeover Contest Seeks Rochester’s Most Outdated Nonprofit Office


HGTV’s ’Design on a Dime’ host Brice Cooper to help give winning office a facelift

ROCHESTER, N.Y., Aug. 21, 2006 -- Do you work in a nonprofit office with stacks of paper higher than Cobbs Hill? Is your office printer slower than the old “can of worms”? Are you and your staff so busy helping the community that there is no time to help yourselves? If so, Xerox Corporation (NYSE: XRX) invites you to enter its “Helping Hands” Office Makeover Contest through which your nonprofit could win a design and document technology makeover worth approximately $15,000.

The winning office will be a Rochester-area 501(c)(3) organization that demonstrates how it has put its own office needs on the back burner in order to do great work in the community. Xerox will assess the winner’s current document technology and work processes and then provide the right blend of color printers, software and other office equipment to boost productivity. Brice Cooper of HGTV’s popular show Design on a Dime will give the space a fresh new look, and The HON Company will provide professional office furniture.

“Nonprofits are often the unsung heroes of communities across the country,” said Cooper. “It will be great to lend a hand and create an inviting workplace for those who focus their daily lives on helping others.”

Rochester is the final city in a series of “Helping Hands” contests that Xerox has held nationwide. A service agency for Latino families in Charlotte, N.C., and a children’s education agency in Denver are already reaping the benefits of their office makeovers. Both organizations were transformed from obsolete to inspiring with their new design and office technology. The contest is currently open in Indianapolis.

“Many offices struggle with outdated equipment and surroundings because of limited budgets,” said Al Varney, vice president, Xerox’s North American Agent Operations, a locally based organization that serves small and medium size businesses in the U.S. and Canada. “Nonprofits and small businesses alike can look to the contest winner as an example of how small changes in technology and design can not only reduce overall operating costs but also result in big changes in productivity and motivation.”

Based on the nonprofit’s needs, Xerox will add color to the organization’s documents through its Phaser™ printers or WorkCentre™ multifunction systems - which print, copy, scan and fax. Like all businesses, nonprofits can benefit by adding the value of color to their proposals, fundraising materials, program fliers and other documents to reach new clients, attract new donors and increase response rates. Xerox will also provide document management software to help the office better store, organize and share hardcopy and digital documents.

Nonprofit organizations that enter the contest will be judged on how outdated their work processes currently are and how much they need a technology and design refresh. Contest judges are Brice Cooper; Paul Gleason, vice president, Small and Medium Businesses, Xerox Corporation; and Dave Burdakin, president, The HON Company.

Local support for the makeover will be provided by Xerographic Solutions, a Xerox agent that will help with the technology assessment and installation. The deadline to enter is Sept. 8. Eligible nonprofit organizations must be an Internal Revenue Code 501(c)(3) public charity or private foundation within the Rochester area that has been in operation for at least one year and has 5-15 full-time office employees. The nonprofit must have a main office work space of no larger than 1,000 square feet. Home offices are not eligible. For complete rules and to enter, visit


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