Once a year in July, more than 200 volunteers come together to spend a weekend building websites and applications for non-profit organizations. In that single weekend hundreds of man-hours are spent, and many hours of sleep are lost.
This year Cleveland GiveCamp was July 29-31, with more than 20 projects attempted and completed.
This year three of World Synergy’s best were there to help out in any way they could. Our team camped out and committed to their projects, working early days and late nights on the shores of Lake Erie.
Ross Ritchey – Senior Application Engineer
Ross is quickly becoming a GiveCamp veteran, with this being his third time attending. This year Ross worked on a project for the Harvard Community Services Center (www.harvardcommunitycenter.org)
The HCSC’s mission is “to improve the quality of life and social functioning of residents in the Lee-Harvard, Miles, and Seville areas” of Cleveland. They desperately needed their website refreshed, and also made easily updateable so they can more easily maintain it going forward. The team of volunteers picked up the challenge and helped to reorganize the content, find images to help promote the areas of the site, and built the center a new RWD WordPress website.
Sean Shea – Junior Web Developer
This was Sean’s second GiveCamp, and his first on the World Synergy team. This year Sean worked on a project for the Jewish Secular Community of Cleveland.
The Jewish Secular Community works to provide a warm and supportive community for celebrating people of Jewish descent, the Jewish calendar, and issues of universal and Jewish importance. They were in need of a full website refresh, and the team of volunteers worked tirelessly to build them a new RWD WordPress website.
Their overall goal was to make their website look a bit more modern, so that they could try to attract a younger crowd. Also, they needed a way to make frequent updates, which would not be too complicated.
Jay Kozar – Art Director
For Jay – this was his first experience at GiveCamp. This was also the first time World Synergy sent a designer to the event. Jay worked the weekend on a project for NOVA.
NOVA stands for Northeast Ohio Voters Advocates. This association works tirelessly to make sure that people in Northeast Ohio are registered to vote, and have the tools necessary to get out there and vote on Election Day. The GiveCamp project was an infusion of work for them at just the right time – as they gear up for the presidential elections this fall. The team picked up and worked on two websites for NOVA – their main site was rebuilt in WordPress, and their Drupal site for volunteers was refreshed and had some functionality added to it.
Over the course of the weekend, the NOVA project had several pieces that needed a more experienced hand. Both Ross and Sean were pulled into the project before the end of the weekend to help show how to do some things in WordPress and Drupal, and also to build out some more advanced styling pieces.