NESTLED NEXT to Omaha, Neb., the Village of Boys Town is small and self-contained, but the impact of the Boys Town organization headquartered there is far-flung and boundless.
Founded by Father Edward J. Flanagan in 1917 as a home for boys who needed one, Boys Town now describes itself as "one of the largest, publicly funded non-profit child-care agencies in the country, providing compassionate treatment for the behavioral, emotional and physical problems of children and families." The group reportedly aided nearly 370,000 children in 2009.
Helping the hugely successful non-profit organization fulfill its mission is Boys Town's seven-employee in-plant, led by Manager Doug Larsen. With an impressive collection of digital and offset printing equipment, the shop outputs nearly 9 million impressions annually.
"We're responsible for about 5,000 different projects, from a single poster to 20,000 multi-page memo pads," Larsen relates. The shop's output is approximately 80 percent digital and 20 percent offset.
Larsen says Boys Town is a strong supporter of his in-plant because it saves the non-profit organization both time and money—money that can be put to better use fulfilling Boys Town's mission.
"We do what we can to save money so that the organization can spend more money on the children," he emphasizes. "And we support the people who work directly with the kids. Instead of taking time away from the children to make copies, they let us make them. They can do their jobs and we can do ours. That works a whole lot better."
To serve the widespread Boys Town network, the in-plant needs to accommodate multiple layers of diverse customers, including youth care administration, foster family services, marketing, staff of various on-campus businesses and service providers, and other Boys Town locations.
Products include hospital forms, school tests, letterhead and business forms, donor packets, programs for sports banquets, posters, bumper stickers and postcards, among other items. The shop also prints some book galleys for the Boys Town Press, the agency's publishing division. Boys Town outsources book printing for the publishing arm, as well as specific jobs for other divisions—such as certain public-appeals campaigns, which require runs in the millions.
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