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, network, and maybe help move a few tables and string some extension cords.
You will work with other tech experts and non-profit representatives to complete your assigned project. You will be assigned a team based on the needs of the project and your experience and skills. Plan to be moved from team to team as needs arise and shift. A weekend is a short amount of time to complete a tech project, so flexibility is key. On Sunday afternoon each team presents and hands-off their project at the closing ceremony.
It’s important to remember that, while we will have a good time, we’re ultimately there to do good work for the charities.
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, 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.
We encourage all attendees to make accommodations for their kids and pets during the weekend instead of bringing them to the event. Please contact us if you have any questions.
Thanks to the generosity of our sponsors, there will be plenty of great food and drink (and caffeine!) available during the event. If you have special dietary needs, please list them on your registration ticket.
Volunteers are welcome to go home in the evenings or to camp out all weekend long. If you’re camping, deodorant and a toothbrush are highly (highly!) recommended. There are also a number of hotels in the downtown Cleveland area.
Cleveland GiveCamp uses Slack to communicate between teams and across disciplines during the event. We automatically add volunteers to the account each year prior to the event.
Be sure to check out the specialized Cleveland GiveCamp Slack channels #design, #wordpress, and #project-pm groups for specific requests. Try to keep the #announcements channel open for high priority, special announcements to everyone (like food is ready). Feel free to create new channels for your team.
Please use the official Cleveland GiveCamp hashtag on all social media, so everyone can share in your experience:
The Cleveland Indians and Business Volunteers Unlimited have partnered up again for the Indians Volunteer Challenge by offering 2 free game tickets to a single game to individuals who volunteer for at least 4 hours between April 1 and August 31, 2019.
Basic info can be found on BVU’s website and GiveCamp organizers will be providing more info to volunteers during GiveCamp weekend.