People who want to help young people get involved in manufacturing careers can now contribute financially with their cell phones.
Nuts, Bolts & Thingamajigs, a group which
promotes manufacturing careers, has introduced a text-to-give program that
allows people to donate to the organization by simply texting “123” to the
number “90999” from their cell phone.
Supporters will be
prompted to confirm their gift by replying with the word “yes.” After replying, they will receive a
confirmation and the message generates a $5 donation charged directly to the
caller’s cell phone bill.
“This innovative technology allows
anyone who can send a text message to donate to the foundation,” said Terrence
Egan, director of the foundation. “In today’s current economic climate, we feel
it’s important to make it easier for people to make small
Nuts, Bolts & Thingamajigs seeks to revitalize
the future of manufacturing in America by offering grants to not-for-profit
organizations and educational institutions introducing young people to
metal-forming and fabricating careers. It also provides funding to
organizations starting or expanding manufacturing camps for youth, and issues
scholarships to students at colleges and trade schools pursuing careers in
“We must inform today’s youth that working a
skilled job with your hands can be rewarding financially and fulfilling
personally,” said actor, director and producer John Ratzenberger, who serves on
the governing board and leads the foundation’s national public policy and media
campaigns. “The focus is on inspiring young people to ultimately explore the
manufacturing career path by getting them to tinker, fix and make stuff, and
dream about inventing things. With each child who attends one of our camps or
receives one of our scholarships, we are rebuilding America’s foundation one tinkerer
at a time.”
More information is available by visiting www.NutsAndBoltsFoundation.org.
Youth foundation launches ‘text-to-give' program
July 1, 2009