Local charities need your help. On a very limited non-profit budget, charity organizations earmark their money for keeping the lights on and the core business running, and not on nice-to-have technology improvements. For organizations like a pet shelter, that means buying dog food and cat litter, and not on hiring a new professional web site. So, often times those technology needs are met by hobbiests or charity staff that do not specialize in technology. Donations are tracked in Microsoft Excel. The web site was developed by a staff member or neighbor, and though it is very appreciated by the non-profit organization, it lacks the polish of a professional touch.
Once a year, experts in technology, design, business, and marketing come together and partner with local charities to create technology solutions for their cause. Ann Arbor Give Camp, held every year on the third weekend of September, gives talented professionals in the area the opportunity to give back to the charities that give so much to the communities we all live in. Together, we create web sites, brand identities, marketing strategies, and custom software to improve the lives and efficiencies of local non-profits.
Give Camp organizers identify local charities with a technology need: a refreshed logo, a new web site, a custom application to manage volunteers and monitor donations. The only limitation is that the project can be completed by a small team in a single weekend. On Give Camp weekend, volunteers are assigned to teams of 4-10 volunteers, matching their team talents with the needs of their charity and their project. Team members work together--and often work with other teams--to complete the weekend's charity projects, which we all celebrate and demo at the end of the weekend during the event's closing ceremonies. We need the support of you and other professionals in the community to community to complete the projects, and to satisfy the needs and dreams of our partner non-profits. We want to make this the most successful Give Camp to date, for anywhere, ever! But to do that, we need you to sign up, and to join the Ann Arbor Give Camp family. Food, drink, and facility are provided throughout the weekend. This means that we will provide all attendees with all of the meals, snacks, and fluids they can consume. Showers are available. We are dedicated to providing anything you need to keep your talent and skills flowing, and to keep pursuing the dreams of every Give Camp charity.
Volunteers of all skill sets and skill levels are needed. Technologists are needed for programming custom web sites and software. Graphics designers are needed for creating the artistic designs and user experiences that make a web site attractive, usable, and intuitive. Business and marketing specialists are needed to help unravel the maze of business, marketing, and social media to help promote the message and vision of each of our affiliated non-profits. Non-technical volunteers are needed to make the logistics of Give Camp happen.