Announcing A Free Public Service For People Who Live Alone: CheckOnMe.org

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If you or a special person in your life lives alone, the CheckOnMe.org service may help assure that someone checks on you when you are incapacitated. Rather than rely on the injured or unconscious person to initiate the request for help, this automated system is triggered if the person does not respond when the service "checks" on him or her. And best of all, this basic service is free.

The free CheckOnMe.org notification service will allow anyone to setup an automated notification process that can be designed in a variety of ways, depending on how the options are set. Here is a basic example of how someone can use this service:

  • A single woman in her 40's lives alone with her 2 dogs. She is concerned that if something happened to her, no one would know she was in trouble or to take care of her dogs.
  • She can setup this service to send herself a text message to 2 different e-mail addresses and one cell phone each morning at 10:00 a.m.
  • She can set the service to accept her reply from any one of these destinations as an indication that she is fine and responsive.
  • The service can then be setup to send a first-level alert to 2 outside parties when she does not respond by 10:00 p.m. that evening.
  • Additional notifications will continue to be sent out to other outside parties every 4 hours until the single woman responds to cancel the alert.

Some expanded services will be made available at cost. It is hoped that these services may also be provided free to eligible persons in need through the CheckOnMe.org sponsor network. Examples of expanded services would be the ability to receive the notification by telephone as a voice message, TDD or fax, which could incur charges for equipment, long distance and messaging.

iWorkPlace, Inc. is sponsoring and developing the CheckOnMe.org public service Web site and help center, scheduled to be available to the public in Fall 2005.

iWorkPlace, Inc., headquartered in Outer Banks North Carolina, has been in business for twelve years, providing sophisticated integrated Internet technology solutions to businesses. iWorkPlace has remote operations based in the greater Myrtle Beach South Carolina metropolitan area, with secured, state-of-the-art network facilities located in St. Louis Missouri. iWorkPlace provides premium hosting and design services for serious small business and large corporation Web site customers in the U.S. and throughout the world.

iWorkPlace is owned and operated by Steffanie Lynch, who founded the company in 1995, bringing iWorkPlace over 20 years of experience in applications design, business analysis, graphical user interfaces, training and support programs, and leading edge technologies. Ms. Lynch is widely known amongst Internet communities as "Dr. Webby". She started out in the World Wide Web as "Ask Dear Webby" for the America Online community, assisting members with their personal Web page designs through free e-mail support that she personally responded to. Her free Virtual Library was recognized by PC Magazine as one of the Top 10 valuable links to visit. America Online recognized Ms. Lynch with the Web Diner Top Site award for the Complete Web Page Help free tutorial.

Steffanie Lynch's mission has always been to demonstrate to others how the Internet can be used to share and provide valuable information to all. The greatest obstacle in helping Internet "newbies" tap into this valuable communication tool was typically a fear of technology, prompting Ms. Lynch to promote her famous motto: Stamp out misoneism (fear or intolerance of innovation or change).

Initial customers were drawn to iWorkPlace through Ms. Lynch's free workshops on Internet Promotions, where valuable information was presented in an educational format without the typical sales pitch. A major philosophy of the company is "the more you give, the more you receive" and giving out free advice became the norm at these workshops. This philosophy will carry over into the formation and operation of CheckOnMe.org, through its sponsor, volunteer and member-to-member programs.

CheckOnMe.org encourages other charitable service organizations, churches, emergency services and public service agencies that provide assistance to people with special needs and to people who live alone, to help get the word out about this free service. For more information on joining the CheckOnMe.org sponsor network, please visit the Web site at http://CheckOnMe.org and complete the pre-registration form.

CheckOnMe.org is interested in any opportunity to promote this free service at events and group gatherings. By promoting this service before it goes live, the organization can continue to gather requirements to fine-tune the application design and make it even more valuable to a greater user base.

Anyone interested in providing an opportunity to distribute brochures about the new service or obtaining additional information about CheckOnMe.org, can contact Ms. Lynch by using the contact e-form on the Web site at http://CheckOnMe.org or calling (252)926-7000.

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