In what has become a World Synergy tradition in recent years, members of our Applications team joined the more than 200 volunteers that come together the weekend of July 21-23, 2017 to build and develop applications and websites at Cleveland GiveCamp.
Cleveland GiveCamp is a weekend-long event where software developers, designers, database administrators, project managers and creative professionals donate their time to create software and web-based applications for non-profit organizations in the NE Ohio area. This year, two of our developers participated and committed to helping with the 20 projects that were attempted and completed to help grow 20 non-profits in Cleveland.
Learn more about our experience at Cleveland GiveCamp 2017:
Ross Ritchey – Senior Application Engineer
Ross’ fourth GiveCamp started a bit earlier than normal. Always looking for ways to help more – he volunteered to join “Team Y” – also known as the team that floats around from group to group to put out fires as needed.
As a part of Team Y, Ross’ journey started a few weeks prior to the actual GiveCamp weekend, as he worked with four team Project Managers during the preparations for the event in order to understand where various pain points might be arising.
During the GiveCamp weekend, Ross helped at least six teams get through fires, both small and large. Using his extensive experience to help with complicated form and payment processing setups, as well as work through sticky styling issues that some groups came up with, Ross helped to make sure teams had the resources they needed and became that resource when there wasn’t one available.
Team Y. (Ross: back, third from left)
Sean Shea – Junior Web Developer
For his third year at Cleveland GiveCamp, Sean worked on a website for Family Connections.
The mission of Family Connections is to “to strengthen families with young children.” To achieve this mission, they offer year-round, free, and low cost programs and services for families and children to learn and play together.
Family Connections overall goal was to simplify the information displayed on their website, while making it more kid-friendly and accessible. They also needed a way to more easily update their website – which was a static website that they updated with Dreamweaver. To this end, the team reworked their navigation, eliminated duplicate content, and condensed the content that was remaining. They also moved Family Connections to a new RWD WordPress template, which helps with making the site more manageable to update.
“Family Connections is pleased to announce the launch of our new website. With the new website, we hope to build up our mission to strengthen families with young children. This site is not only more usable, it provides our families valuable information on our family programs, how to get involved with Family Connections, and a new news section for regular updates.” – Family Connections (New Website brought to you by GiveCamp)
Team for Family Connections. (Sean: back, left)
Thank you to Cleveland GiveCamp and all volunteers for another successful year! World Synergy is proud to be Silver Sponsors for such a great cause.