Team Assignments for GiveCamp 2015

Get ready, volunteers: Here is the charity you’ll be helping at New England GiveCamp 2015!

As always … GiveCamp is flexible! We may need to shuffle team members if other camper’s plans change. (And if your plans have changed, and you can’t make it, please let us know by emailing And GiveCamp is collaborative: You may find yourself offering help to other teams, or getting help yourself!

Bird Street Community Center
Rachel Morris

Boston Volunteers
Ben Wardwell
Robin Friedman
Rian Stockbower

Catching Joy, Inc.
Satyendra Sharma
Katryn McIntosh
Jeffrey Sylvan

Design Team (making things pretty for many projects)
Daniel Casey
Kate Murdoch
Daniel Casey
Emely DelSanto
Lisa Dekermendjian

Sarah L. Cortes
Thomas Charging Hawk
Mark Rosenthal

James W. Foley Legacy Foundation
George Babey
Yanru Zhu
Bill Scott

Kid’s Book Review
Eva Morris
Grace Cass
Mannix Muir
Max Surprenant

Mystic River Watershed
Evelyn Livant
Bojiang Jin
Paul Grenier

Press Pass TV
Ryan Sutton
Colin Cass
Kelly chung

Science Club for Girls
Doug Vanderweide
Sanu Ann Abraham

This Star Won’t Go Out
Vamsi Gundlapalli
Jobin Babu
Steven Scott

Vital Pathways
Christopher Seiler
Laura (Yun) Lu
Marc Hewitt

Waltham Philharmonic Orchestra
Jeff Morris
Jennifer Morris
Branden Gunn

James Reevior
Jason LeVan
Qizheng Yu

See you all tonight!



Checklist for New England GiveCamp 2015

In a little over 24 hours, we’ll all be kicking off the 6th Annual New England GiveCamp!

We thank you all in advance for making this impactful commitment to area non-profit organizations. As mentioned before, if you can no longer make it to the event, please let us know at ASAP so we can shuffle volunteers as needed to ensure adequate coverage of the projects.

As you’re gathering your gear for the weekend, we wanted to provide you with some information that addresses a number of frequently asked questions:

1. We’ll open registration at 5:30 p.m. and have pizza/salad arriving about 6. We formally kick things off around 7 p.m. (or when there’s critical mass), so don’t feel you’ll miss out on something if you can’t make it on site by 6.

2. The BlueMetal office is on the 3rd floor at 9 Galen Street in Watertown. This is the building right at Watertown square (where the MBTA 71 bus line ends), but parking and building access is on the other side of the building, best reached by using the address 24 Pleasant Street. There is ample parking behind the building near the river; the garage requires a key card, so will not be available for use.

3. Many folks will stay overnight, and you’re welcome to bring air mattresses, tents, and teddy bears. We have two showers available (1 male and 1 female), but you’ll need to provide your own towel. We will have a small toiletry kit for you as well.. shampoo, soap, toothpaste, tootbrush, etc.

4. Meals will be provided: pizza Friday night, hot breakfast on Sat, sandwiches for Sat lunch, fajita bar for Sat dinner, continental breakfast Sunday, and wraps on Sunday – with plenty of snacks in between. There are vegetarian and gluten free options as well.

5. Team assignments are in flux as we are still working to finalize projects and identify needs with a couple of the organizations, so if you haven’t heard anything regarding the project(s) you’ll be assisting – don’t panic! We’ll get it all straightened out tomorrow evening.

6. “Flexibility” is the watchword for the weekend! At times, it will appear that chaos reigns, and at times chaos will definitely reign :), but the more you’re able to go with the flow and jump in, the more successful and enjoyable the event will be. Expect to be moving tables and chairs one minute, learning a new API another moment, and taking a break to open the building doors for a fellow attendee another!

If you have any additional questions, please e-mail us at or text/call Jim O’Neil (check your email for the number in the Eventbrite message, sent on Nov. 5).

We’ll see you tomorrow!!

New England GiveCamp organizers



Meet The 2015 Nonprofits

Here they are: The New England GiveCamp 2015 charities!

Catching Joy: A longtime GiveCamp charity and backbone supporter of the Coding for Charity cause. Catching Joy promotes acts of kindness and volunteerism beginning with young children and their families.

Press Pass TVPress Pass TV (PPTV) harnesses the power of media and video production to provide meaningful education, technical training, employment, and hope for youth living in low-­income neighborhoods. It offers creative outlets as an alternative to violence, while teaching life-sustaining skills and empowering youth and their communities with the resilience to succeed and thrive in life.

This Star Won’t Go Out: This Star Won’t Go Out is making a difference in the lives of children with cancer, one family at a time. By providing funds to help pay for travel, a mortgage or rent check, and other cost of living expenses, TSWGO frees up families to focus on their child who is in treatment. A gift of money is really a gift towards quality time as a family—and that’s a gift that is beyond value.

Science Club for Girls: Our mission is to “foster excitement, confidence, and literacy in STEM for girls, particularly from under-represented communities, by providing free, experiential programs and by maximizing meaningful interactions with women mentors in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.”

Boston Volunteers: Our ambition is to make helping people easier for you. We celebrate 30-­40 volunteer events in Boston every month, often in your neighborhood.

WriteBoston: WriteBoston is dedicated to improving the writing skills of young people. We build teacher capacity to use writing to support student learning across all content areas and create opportunities for students to engage in the writing process.

Mystic River Watershed Association: The Mystic River Watershed Association’s mission is to protect and restore the Mystic River, its tributaries and watershed lands for the benefit of present and future generations and to celebrate the value, importance and great beauty of these natural resources.

James Foley FoundationJames Foley was murdered by ISIS in Syria on August 19th 2014. His life challenges us all to love and forgive one another, and to make this world a better place. The James W. Foley Legacy Foundation honors what Jim stood for by focusing on 3 areas he was passionate about: hostage support, conflict reporting and youth education.

Bird Street Community CenterBird Street is a small organization with a huge impact. An oasis from the raging storm of growing up in poverty, Bird Street provides academic support, outlets for creative expression, opportunities for personal growth, and job readiness training for young people from kindergarten to age 22 (age appropriately, of course).

Waltham Philharmonic OrchestraThe Waltham Philharmonic Orchestra is the Waltham place to play and to hear great classical music. We provide opportunities for area musicians with a range of ages and abilities to perform together. The Orchestra builds a community tradition by reaching out to young people, nurturing local talent, and providing fun, inspiring musical events for the whole family.

Vital PathwaysVital Pathways was formed in 1994 when Houlton was selected as one of five sites in the state of Maine to be designated as a “Healthy Community”. We have a broad definition of health which goes beyond the “medical model” to include education, environment, technological and economic development, and recreation. Vital Pathways is based in Houlton and serves eleven towns in Aroostook County, located in northern Maine.

EachOneTeachOne:  Training and empowering girls, women and communities for a future in technology. With years of experience, a tested, proven model, and long-standing partnerships with educational and community partners, EachOneTeachOne is uniquely positioned to contribute to closing the gap between the supply of technically skilled workers and the demands of a digital economy.

We’re glad to serve all of these worthy causes. Coding For Charity is just over a day away!



New England GiveCamp Update #1

In less than two weeks, New England GiveCamp will be here!  We’d like to take this opportunity to both thank you for your commitment to volunteer for this effort and to give you important logistical information – so please do take a moment to read carefully.

1. We have over a dozen organizations that have applied, and so are still seeking volunteers. A great majority of projects involve WordPress, so if you have colleagues or friends with WordPress and/or HTML/CSS skills, please encourage them to volunteer. Registration is at

2. The official start of the event is 6 p.m. on Friday night, Nov 6th, but will begin with pizza and networking, typically until about 7 p.m., so do not feel pressured to leave work early to arrive by 6.

3. The venue is BlueMetal Architects in Watertown Square. The building is labeled Riverbend Office Park and best reached via GPS at the address 24 Pleasant Street. There is ample free parking and several MBTA bus lines within 1 block (including 70 from Central Square and 71 from Harvard Square)

4. THIS IS THE MOST IMPORTANT ONE!!  To provide the best possible recipe for success, it’s important to attend for the entire weekend (though overnight is not necessary). Teams are small and focused, so the unexpected absence of one individual has significant impact for the associated charity. If, before the event, you find you have other commitments that weekend that would result in not being present for more than a few hours on Saturday (9-8) or Sunday (9-2), please let us know ASAP through Eventbrite or, so we can plan accordingly.

If you have any questions leading up to the event, please don’t hesitate to contact us at

The New England GiveCamp Team



GiveCamp 2015 – Join Us

We’re reaching out the alumni of previous New England GiveCamps to let you know that there are still openings for the 2015 edition being held Nov 6-8, at BlueMetal Architects in Watertown square.

This is a smaller venue than NERD, but we still plan to have over a dozen charities participate. A majority of the projects involve WordPress and front-end design, so if you, or a friend or colleague have experience in those areas, we encourage you to sign up. You can register at

And if you already have signed up, thank you!

If you have any questions on this year’s event, please let us know at