This weekend, YouthWorker Movement will be teaming up with Dallas GiveCamp to develop exciting new tools and website enhancements. In a nutshell, GiveCamp is when programmer IT types donate a weekend of their time and talents to nonprofits. We are going to wait until after the weekend to reveal our projects – so stay tuned. In the meantime, we thought you’d want to learn a bit more about GiveCamp. (While we are working with the Dallas GiveCamp, there are similar events around the country – see givecamp.org for more information.) If you or anyone you know works for a nonprofit in need of technical programming help, tell them about GiveCamp. We are grateful to have been selected for this project and look forward to showing you the results!
What is GiveCamp?
GiveCamp is a weekend-long event where software developers, designers, and database administrators donate their time to create custom software for non-profit organizations. This custom software could be a new website for the nonprofit organization, a small data-collection application to keep track of members, or an application for the Red Cross that automatically emails a blood donor three months after they’ve donated blood to remind them that they are now eligible to donate again. The only limitation is that the project should be scoped to be able to be completed in a weekend.
The first Dallas GiveCamp was in early 2011. The original idea was to hold one event a year. Using feedback from the last event we have decided to have two events this year. This allows us to move GiveCamp away from the holidays.
Last January Dallas GiveCampers gave more than 2,000 hours to charity, 1,000+ drinks were drank, 500 pieces of pizza eaten and 13 charities were helped. (Source: www.dallasgivecamp.org)
Here’s the big announcement of which charities were selected for the weekend:
None of this would be possible without the help of these generous sponsors: