On a sunny day in November at New York City's Stuyvesant High School, prospective middle school kids ate pizza and learned about computer science at an open house event called CyberStuy, co-sponsored by the Community Software Group, Chipotle, and other companies. Led by both students, staff and alumni, it featured a mixture of project demonstrations, interactive workshops, and Q&A panels to show to kids what a life working with computers might be like.
As CSG founder Jeff Brown said, "we wanted to sponsor because this free public school provides excellent educational opportunities to children who may happen to be from low-income backgrounds." CSG was the only tech firm sponsoring this free event, which showcased how anyone, regardless of income or background or gender, can shine in the tech field. Jeff attended this school himself and wanted to give back.
45% of the high school consists of low-income students eligible for free or reduced lunch. A number of these students and their families live together in one single room, and many students travel hours each day to attend the school each day, taking an exhausting combination of bus, ferry, and subway. The Principal highlighted that the children arrive at 8am in the morning and he sometimes has to ask them to leave at 10pm at night.
These days, computer sccience is a valuable subject very much in demand across every field -- and that is only expected to grow in the future. Community Software Group believes in the connection of poverty and technology, and how the latter can help alleviate the former in many different ways. This fantastic fall event was one such way to grab and inspire the next generation of computer scientists and engineers.
New CSBG Oversight Tools
With the implementation of CSBG ROMA Next Generation, we have been very busy designing, developing and implementing several additional modules as part of our eGov Report Hub software suite. These modules include a new Community Action Plan, CSBG Board Management System and CSBG Budgeting and Fiscal Reports. These tools, along with others, including Organizational Standards and Organizational Information, have been developed to aid in the oversight of CSBG at the state level.
Announcing CSG Engage - New Client Tracking System
We are excited to begin the roll-out of our new Client and Case Management system CSG Engage in the coming months. This new tool is designed to assist agencies with advanced client tracking and client engagement, case management, and collecting new requirements for ROMA NG.
We are excited to announce that several new states have recently purchased our growing eGov Report Hub. We look forward to expanding states' and agencies' use of this platform.
This year’s recipient of Community Software Group’s college scholarship fund for low-income minority and female college students living in Springfield, Massachusetts is Sasha Gonzalez. The scholarship is administered by Springfield Partners for Community Action and targets students interested in studying computer science or information technology. Sasha is studying Computer Engineering at Western New England University.
Our newest product, eAssist Moderate Verification, has been released to support contracts with multiple utilities running heating assistance programs for people and families of moderate income. This project is coordinated with Action for Boston Community Development (ABCD) in Boston and Citizens for Citizens (CFC) in Fall River, Massachusetts.
Several state CSBG offices have recently purchased our eGov ReportHub system. It is now used in 5 states.
A private architecture firm has hired us to develop a project management database with a data visualization component to aid in tracking company profits.
We are very pleased to announce that a number of the graduating Masters interns that participated in our internship program last year will be working with us as full-time software developers! Another intern is working with us on User Experience and design.
Our HUD Client Management System (CMS) software, including the new 9902 form, was approved and now meets current HUD standards.
eAssist Conservation Mobile app
We have developed and made available through the Microsoft store, a mobile app for use with the Surface Pro. The mobile app is designed to work with our eAssistConservation software.
The Organization Standards reporting tool (within our CSBG eGovernment system), in response to IM-138, has been released and is being utilized by our state government customers and their CSBG Eligible Entities. A select group of these agencies provided valuable feedback and suggestions on user experience during development, leading to improved ease of functionality.
Our data visualization project has been very well received. Agencies are able to view their data using cutting-edge interactive graphical formats. They can use these visual representations to understand and present their client data more effectively.
Working with area colleges:
Community Software Group is excited to announce that our 2015 College Internship Program starts this summer. We have selected several Data Science Masters students to work with our company on some data presentation oriented projects.
Community Software Group is proud to announce our sponsorship of a college scholarship fund for low-income minority and female college students living in Springfield, Massachusetts. The scholarship is administered by Springfield Partners for Community Action, totals $2,150 per year for 3 years, and targets students interested in studying computer science or information technology. This year’s scholarship was awarded today to Sosina Erkailo at a ceremony held in Springfield. Sosina recently graduated from Renaissance High School. She was born in Ethiopia, moved to South Africa as a child and has been in the United States for 2 ½ years. She was accepted to 3 colleges: Smith College, Mount Holyoke, and has chosen to attend St. Lawrence University in the fall. She will be studying Neuroscience and Information Technology.
Our development team has updated our HMIS software to meet the new data standards defined in "HMIS Data Standards Manual - A Guide for HMIS Users, CoCs and System Administrators" - Version 2.1.
Our relationship with the Department of Commerce at the State of Washington continues to grow as we collaborate with them in modifying our eGovernment system to meet their needs.
We were selected to develop a module in our eAssistConservation software to run utility company audit programs, in addition to the DOE Weatherization program. This module is now in production. Our utility module in eAssistConservation has been selected to accommodate the requirements of another Massachusetts utility.
We are thrilled to have the State of Washington as our newest customer. We have worked closely with the Department of Commerce to modify our eGovReport Hub software so that it meets their specific needs and processes. The Commerce Department has been very pleased with the reception and success they are experiencing with the software.
We turn 20 this year!
Our company celebrates its 20th anniversary this year! We have had the pleasure of serving so many Community Action Agencies and other non-profits and look forward to continuing these great relationships.
Over the last 20 years, we have worked hard to continually develop our software products to make our clients’ jobs easier, reduce costs and maximize productivity. Our software is developed to be very user friendly and meet the needs of all staff members—from directors to managers to data entry specialists.
Thank you to all of our customers for your continued support!