Don’t you love that feeling you get when you know you’ve made someone’s life a little better?
I’m glad you feel that way, because that means you’ll love GiveCamp Memphis. GiveCamp is an entire weekend of fun, food, and giving. I’ve participated since the first GiveCamp in 200? — I forget and each year is better than the previous.
Here’s how it works. Local nonprofits — 501(c)3 is required — apply to GiveCamp for help with a specific technical need. Projects in the past have ranged from databases to more than a few new websites. Apply here if you’re a nonprofit.
GiveCamp is 100 percent volunteer driven with sponsors who provide free web hosting, food, and expenses for the weekend. There is a steady stream of food catered by Memphis-area restaurants, and all the Diet Coke you can choke down.
At the beginning of the weekend, Friday evening, nonprofits will present their need to volunteers. Volunteers and nonprofits self match their skills and needs, then work commences. Last year my team built a new website for Cooper-Young Garden Club. This was one of my favorite projects, as our nonprofit representatives were extremely organized and knew exactly what they needed and wanted in their new website. Also, I dig gardening. You can see it here.
University of Memphis’ FedEx Institute of Technology is a first-rate facility you’ll enjoy spending time in, in fact, I promise you’ll miss it when the weekend is over.
“But I’m not a techie,” you say … “I can’t write code.” That’s OK. GiveCamp needs marketers and all kinds of folks with skills. I bet you have at least one skill you can contribute.