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!

Nov

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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 http://negc2015.eventbrite.com

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 atnegivecamp@hotmail.com, so we can plan accordingly.

If you have any questions leading up to the event, please don’t hesitate to contact us at negivecamp@hotmail.com.

Regards,
The New England GiveCamp Team

Oct

27

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 http://negc2015.eventbrite.com

And if you already have signed up, thank you!

If you have any questions on this year’s event, please let us know at negivecamp@hotmail.com

Oct

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Volunteer Registration For GiveCamp 2015 Now Open

You’ve waited patiently and now, your reward: Volunteer registration for New England GiveCamp 2015 is now open!

Point your browser at http://negc2015.eventbrite.com/, select your skill set, fill out the details and next thing you know, you’ll be Coding For Charity!

We do have a reduced volunteer count this year, but as it’s been since the start, we seek help from folks of all ability levels and experience, and from many different disciplines.

As in years past, most of the projects applications we’ve received involve working on websites, but as in years past, we also have some database projects, some systems integration / API requests, folks who need help with content and social media and branding … and that means, we probably need you.

Also, as we’ve done in the past, we’ll accept standby registrations, since invariably plans change and circumstances often lead to folks who wanted to participate in GiveCamp not being able to make it for the event.

Have questions or comments? Comment here, email us, tweet us or drop us a note on Facebook.

Oct

06

Nonprofit Application Deadline Extended To Oct. 4

Do you know of a charity that could use some technical help? A new website, a database, maybe a mobile app? Have them apply for a New England GiveCamp 2015 project!

In addition to technical projects, GiveCamp volunteers can help with content, marketing, branding, social media and the like.

We’ve extended the nonprofit application deadline through Oct. 4. All worthy causes are welcome. We’ll gather together Nov. 6-8 to Code for Charity.

Technical volunteers, stay tuned for more on when and how to help!

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