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Sign up for Google voice phone number with your @Gmail Account

Google Voice, a free phone service from Google

Google voice is a free phone service with outgoing/ingoing calls, texts, and voicemail.  It’s free to call any number within the U.S., Puerto Rico, Mexico, and Canada.  

Features included:

  • Voicemail transcription – read your voicemail
  • Personalized greetings
  • International calling; charges will apply
    Rates can be found here:
  • SMS to email
  • Share Voicemail
  • Block callers
  • Screen callers
  • Mobile App
  • Conference calls
  • Number Porting
  • Filter spam Calls, messages, and voicemail
  • Web notifications; no additional installation required
  • Dial out from Google Hangout

To setup Google Voice, please follow these steps below:  

Go to

Google Voice

Click on Got it.  

Choose a Number

Then select Choose Number and Click on Continue.

On the sign up window, you will need to search for Washington D.C. to select a 202 area code.  Google will assign number automatically to your @GMAIL account.  

Once the full number is populated, click on select.  

Click on Next.  

To use Google Voice on your smart phone, Google will prompt for your mobile number.  

Insert your mobile number to be verified by Google.  You will receive a 6-digit code for the phone to be verified.  

Mobile Number

Enter the verification as it appears on your phone.  Exclude the “G.”

Google Voice Verification

Once verified correctly, you should see the following message:  

Google Voice Number

Click on Finish.  



Lean and Simplified Infrastructure

In today’s small-business infrastructure, especially nonprofit organizations, on-premise technology implementation, and maintenance are considered to be costly, unmanageable, human-capital intensive, and complex when completing compliance for specific regulations or audits.  Lean enterprise systems in a cloud environment are the way of the future, using SaaS, IaaS, PaaS, especially in a nonprofit organization.

Cloud ProviderOn-premise infrastructure is costly to maintain and support.  Keeping servers on your office floor requires the following:

  • System administrators to maintain the hardware and software.  Overhead of salary + benefits * the number of employees.
  • Security audit, compliance, and regulatory.
  • Cabling, switches, firewall, patch panels, SAN/NAS and everything else in between
  •  System monitoring, alerts, responses rate to isolate critical systems
  • Inventory management of hardware, licenses
  • 100% connectivity with two active dedicated lines, LAN/Failover
  • and, the list goes on.

Migrating your infrastructure and app stack to the cloud will help to spend less time maintaining hardware, audits of systems, inventory management, and hardware procurement.

  1. Pay as you go.  As made available through Amazon AWS, Microsoft Azure and Google Cloud, you have the ability to pay as you go for resources specific to memory and CPU utilization.
  2. Less investment in infrastructure.  Small-midsized organizations find it difficult to invest heavily in IT equipment. In a managed cloud service, these equipment are provided part of the SLA.
  3. A common platform for agility and integration.  Cloud platforms provide the ability to integrate into with common platforms across a multitude of services.
  4. Scalability and flexibility.  Similarly to Pay as you go, cloud services have enabled an easy way to scale up and scale down the services provided with great ease and flexibility.
  5. Increased Collaboration: SaaS products enable organizational units to collaborate regardless of geolocation.
  6. Easier Patches and Upgrades: Maintenance of software is one of the most daunting tasks for the IT department and cloud providers have simplified this process tremendously to push patches and upgrades within an instance.
  7. Security: In today’s best practices, IT security and audits are in the center of everything meeting or conversation in any IT department.  Cloud providers have taken great initiatives to meet standards and compliance offering enhanced levels of security for sensitive enterprises.