Now nearly two weeks gone, the first of what will hopefully be annual GiveCamp Orlando events is starting to feel a little distant and I'm starting to get a little nostalgic.
As expected, I learned a lot about putting such an event together by doing it and making mistakes. I'll get to lessons learned in my next post, but I don't want to lose sight of the successes that our volunteers achieved on behalf of some wonderful Central Florida non-profits, so let's take a look at those first.
Rotary Club of Lake Nona
This relatively new Rotary Club had a domain name, but no site. Richard took the lead on putting together a new WordPress based site, with an assist from Mauricio, who came up from South Florida to help out on Saturday.
Habitat for Humanity of Greater Orlando
This organization has an aging site with some stale content, only small parts of which could be updated by in-house staff. Habitat sought to create a fresh look and consolidate their message and content. Emmanuel and Jon, grad students at the University of Central Florida, took the lead on designing and implementing a new WordPress site, which will be going live when one final component can be migrated over from the existing site.
Homegrown Local Food Cooperative
Like Habitat, the Homegrown Co-op had an aging site that was difficult to modify. Vish and Marcela put a lot of work into a new WordPress site with a very clean template, and Adam put a lot of work into creating fresh visual assets for the site. In addition, Brian worked on custom CSS to style Homegrown's 3rd party online farm store portal to match the look and feel of their new site. Homegrown's new site will be going live when their staff are able to finish gathering and adding photographs.
Florida Literacy Coalition
Wayne spent some time optimizing the homepage for mobile browsing, but the bigger project for GiveCamp was implementing a mapping feature for FLC's county-by-county directory of literacy service providers and volunteer opportunities. The number of data points and the integration story with the existing site made this an unexpectedly challenging project, but it came together through the diligent effort of Dave and Jack, with a little help from Eddy and Jay. This feature is in production at http://floridaliteracy.org
Business Advisory Council of the Center for Independent Living
The Council is a project of CIL focused on educating business about the disability workforce and fostering connections between employers and job-seekers. BAC did not have a website, but thanks to the efforts of Kathy and Grant they now have a great-looking site in production at http://baccf.org
. In addition, Michael updated their logo.
Down Syndrome Foundation of Florida
Breaking stride from our many WordPress implementations, Carlos, Ketema, Kathy, and Brandon helped the Down Syndrome Foundation of Florida migrate their existing content to a new Squarespace site.
The Foundation has a lot of forms on their site, some of which were implemented using the Squarespace form builder, which allows data to be exported to Excel.
For the other forms, Michael and Hugo are putting togther a custom ASP .NET form builder. The new website will go live at http://dsfflorida.org
when all content has been migrated to the new platform.
The Getaboard Foundation
This project turned out to be most challenging, because the Foundation already has a nicely designed site at http://getaboard.org
. Like many others, though, this was custom development and the site could not be updated. Brian worked on swapping out the Flash image slider in favor of a jQuery slider. It turned out that we had PHP talent in Marcela, who integrated a Tumblr feed and quickly built a pretty sophisticated editor interface that allows the Getaboard guys to update their events and other non-static content.
Post GiveCamp, Leon is working on the last pieces of the puzzle to freshen up the site and provide the desired level of editability.
Faith Arts Village of Orlando
The FAVO site
needed a makeover. Hannah and Z created a clean, new WordPress site, and Brian worked on possible logo redesigns. This site will be going live when the DNS keys can be found and turned.
Compassion Corner Ministry
This organization provides assistance and counseling to the homeless population of downtown Orlando, and sought to improve the way they track the individuals they serve and the history of services provided. Patrick and Mark spent some time gathering requirements and then built an ASP .NET MVC application to provide the necessary functionality. Eddy, Esteban and Z collaborated on day 3 to bring the project to completion. The result is a fully custom solution that will enable this organization to vastly improve the efficiency and accuracy of tracking and reporting their efforts.
Adult Literacy League
Seeking social media guidance, we set the League up with some faculty volunteers from Full Sail University's Internet Marketing Department. They met the Tuesday following GiveCamp for a consultation and some implementation work.
Conrad Educational Foundation
This community foundation needed a website, and got one thanks to the efforts of Tampa Bay GiveCamp. Tampa had more volunteers than projects and we had more projects than volunteers, so it worked out nicely. The volunteers in Tampa put together the new http://conradeducationfoundation.org
Did you work on one of these projects?
I tried to recognize the core group of volunteers that worked on each of these projects, but if I missed you I'd like to make it right. Just send me a note