Cleveland GiveCamp is a great opportunity to use technical and creative skills to help non-profit organizations reach their full potential. Nearly 200 software and database developers, coders, business analysts, graphic designers, marketing professionals, copy writers, video producers, photographers, social media experts and food service volunteers take part in the event on an annual basis, donating more than 5,000 hours throughout the weekend.
Cleveland GiveCamp is entirely volunteer-driven, even the eight member committee which works throughout the year to plan the event, raise sponsorship dollars, recruit volunteers and coordinate event details. Volunteers represent dozens of companies throughout northeast Ohio, are current students at area universities, and even attend some of the area high schools in the region.
GiveCamp helps volunteers grow as a professionals, introduces them to different people, and provides opportunities to be a mentor or be mentored. Please review the FAQ for more information.
Volunteers often take the camp part of GiveCamp seriously and pitch tents at the event so they can stay close to the action.
Project Managers get their non-profit assignments a few weeks before the event and start planning for the weekend. The advance planning helps ensure we know what technical, graphic and content resources are needed.
Doors open on Friday of the event at 5 pm, with a general kick-off at 5:30 pm. Early arrivals are encouraged to sign in, get familiar with the space, get their WiFi set up, network, maybe help move a few tables and string some extension cords. There is food and drink provided at the event.
We suggest wearing or bringing comfortable, weather-appropriate clothes. If you can easily bring the tools of your trade (laptop, video camera, sketchbook, etc.) bring those, too. During GiveCamp, volunteers are welcome to go home in the evenings or camp out all weekend long. If you’re camping, deodorant and a toothbrush are highly (highly!) recommended. It never hurts to have a spare USB key or power strip, but don’t feel you have to go out and buy things specifically for this weekend.
During the weekend, volunteers complete their project and frequently help trouble-shoot issues on other projects. Then on Sunday afternoon everyone presents and hands-off their project at the closing ceremony. All meals are offered at the event, paid for by sponsors.
Everyone should have a good time, but remember, we’re ultimately there to do good work for the charities.
We’re created a section of resource posts for volunteers to reference as they build their projects. Members of Team Y will be adding additional resources to this area throughout the weekend. Resources include WordPress Plugins, links to documentation, and suggested best practices (among other things.) Visit the Resources section.
Adjustments will be made during the GiveCamp weekend, so watch for announcements on Facebook and Twitter (@CleGiveCamp). Also, follow and use the official Cleveland GiveCamp hashtag on all social media:
|5:00 pm||Doors Open|
|5:30-6:30 pm||Kick-off meeting, teams announced|
|6:30 and after||Dinner, teams self-organize and begin work|
|All Day||Work day with team|
|Team and group photos at various times|
|Meals and snacks will be provided|
|10:30 am||Training: Web Security for Nonprofits|
|1:00-2:00 pm||Training: WordPress 101 for Nonprofits|
|All Day||Work day with the team|
|1:00-2:00 pm||Training: WordPress Intermediate for Nonprofits
Followed by optional WordPress Q&A session from 2:00-3:00 pm.
|3:00-4:00 pm||Groups hand-off projects, final training, prep presentations|
|4:00-6:00 pm||Closing meeting – present projects|
|6:00pm-6:30 pm||Clean-up (This goes quickly – please stay and help)|