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Doug Pitt is the owner of ServiceWorld Computer Center, which recently celebrated 22 years in business. ServiceWorld is a past recipient of the Springfield Area Chamber of Commerce Small Business of the Year Award. ServiceWorld recently was recognized as the Springfield Business Journal’s Philanthropic Business of the Year.
Although Doug starts his day out at ServiceWorld, it gets interrupted often because of many philanthropic pursuits.
Much of Doug’s time rests in the continent of Africa. In the Spring of 2010, Doug was named the Goodwill Ambassador for the United Republic of Tanzania by President Jakaya Kikwete. This honor was the first Goodwill Ambassador position ever awarded by the country of Tanzania.
As Ambassador, Doug works with NGO’s, businesses and faith based organizations that want to do business or provide humanitarian partnerships in Tanzania. Past efforts include clean water, schools, agriculture, sanitation and tourism. Doug is currently working with the Ministry of Agriculture and US partners on a food development program within Tanzania.
Doug’s work in the clean water space in East Africa garnered the attention of the government and many leaders. Doug is a board member of WorldServe International, which operates one of the largest water drilling companies in East Africa. WorldServe performed 200 water projects in Tanzania in 2011 alone, and has brought the gift of clean water to almost two million people since Doug joined their efforts almost six years ago.
Doug may be spending a lot of time halfway across the world, but he also has a heart for kids right at home. Four years ago, Doug founded Care To Learn with the mission of funding child health, hunger & hygiene needs. Since its inception, Care To Learn has expanded to 12 school districts and funded over 125,000 child requests to children in the Ozarks.