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Someplace Safe chosen for Nerdery overnight website challenge

The Nerdery recently re-launched registration for its annual all-nighter event benefitting nonprofit organizations. Someplace Safe in Alexandria is one of 18 nonprofits awarded this opportunity.

The Nerdery recently re-launched registration for its annual all-nighter event benefitting nonprofit organizations. Someplace Safe in Alexandria is one of 18 nonprofits awarded this opportunity.

Nonprofits applied by sharing their vision of how nerds could better help their organization carry out its mission through better use of interactive technology. Fans of the nonprofits posted online testimonials articulating why the organization they serve or support or benefit from are deserving of the opportunity to direct a team of volunteer Web professionals for 24 hours.

In the past three years, volunteers have freely given more than $1 million of professional Web development to 39 organizations. The Nerdery "considers this a good start, but as long as there are good nonprofits with bad (or no) websites, they will continue to rally the staff and community to deliver nerdy deeds done dirt cheap."

Someplace Safe was incorporated in 1979 as a 501(c)(3), private nonprofit corporation dedicated to serving victims of domestic violence through a 24-hour crisis line and emergency shelter for battered woman and their children.

Since 1979, services have expanded to include victims of sexual violence and general crimes. Someplace Safe also operates five parenting time centers to provide supervised visitations and exchanges for children and their families.

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The organization began in Fergus Falls but has expanded into other communities at their request. It now serves the counties of Big Stone, Douglas, Grant, Otter Tail, Pope, Stevens, Traverse and Wilkin.

Someplace Safe is able to give back to the community in many ways, including through its thrift store, which opened in Alexandria last June.

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