The Vermont Digital Economy Project, a project of the Vermont Council on Rural Development is on the look out for a techies in southern Vermont willing to donate some time to help local nonprofits become more tech savvy. Vermont's 2011 floods demonstrated the potential for digital tools to support community resilience and recovery, as well as the vulnerability of nonprofits and communities who were not making full use of digital tools. An online nonprofit is a resilient nonprofit. Unfortunately, nonprofits are often starved of resources and lacking in the skills necessary to incorporate the latest digital tools. Thankfully, Vermont is gifted with a growing, community-oriented tech sector.
While ongoing support is helpful, we are especially looking for social media experts to act as "social media surgeons" at upcoming events in Bennington, Wilmington and Brattleboro. We will be offering free workshops and one-on-one advising to organizations in those towns, as well as Jamaica, Athens, Newfane, Marlboro, Dover, Wardsboro, Stratton, Sunderland, Woodford, Searsberg and Halifax. Note: While the immediate focus is on Southern Vermont,we need volunteers all across Vermont so please share this call to action.
1) Social Media Surgeons
Have you always wanted to be a surgeon? We, in conjunction with our friends at NetSquared are looking for social media experts willing to volunteer at the following free events. At the two hour event you will be working with one or two organizations ("patients") to fix or improve their use of social media.
- Wilmington Social Media Surgery- Thursday, April 3, 2014 - 5:30 - 7:30 PM -The Twin Valley High School, Wilmington, VT.
- Bennington Social Media Surgery- Thursday, May 1, 2014 - 6:00 - 8:00 PM - Bennington Free Library, Bennington, VT
- Brattleboro Social Media Surgery- Wednesday, June 18, 2014 - 6:00 - 8:00 PM - Brooks Library, Brattleboro, VT
2) Wordpress Spin ups
Do you have experience with the Wordpress content management system? In other parts of the state, building new Wordpress sites or converting an outdated website to Wordpress has been the #1 request of nonprofits. We are looking for volunteers to assist with training and even building new sites for local organizations.
3) Civic Hackers
In conjunction with Code for Vermont, we are also looking for techies interested in working on other projects to make their communities a better place. In late May, there will be a a National Day of Civic Hacking. We are assisting them in getting the word out with the hopes of building a Southern Vermont Brigade.
Please sign up below to help.