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Social Media or Wordpress Expert? Civic Hacker? Local Organizations Need Your Help

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.

Get Involved!

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 In other parts of the state, building new Wordpress sites or converting an outdated website to Wordpress has been the #1 request of nonprofits.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.

Contact Information
Interests, Experiences and Availability
Social Media Surgery
We are interested in hearing from you regardless of your skill level. Some groups simply need someone to sit down and walk them through setting up a Facebook Page. Others want to understand analytics/insights and develop a paid promotion strategy. Needs really vary a lot. Most groups just want help growing their lists or an overview of the capabilities of Twitter, Pinterest, YouTube, Google Plus. Please select all of the topics you would be comfortable explaining to a local organization.
At the event you will be matched up with 1-3 local organizations to work with during the 2 hr event.
Wordpress Websites and Civic Hacking
The National Day of Civic Hacking is a national event that brings together citizens, software developers, and entrepreneurs from all over the nation to collaboratively create, build, and invent new solutions using publicly-released data, code and technology to solve challenges relevant to our neighborhoods, our cities, our states and our country. National Day of Civic Hacking will provide citizens an opportunity to do what is most quintessentially American: roll up our sleeves, get involved and work together to improve our society. The event will leverage the expertise and entrepreneurial spirit of those outside federal, state and local government to drive meaningful, technology-based solutions for federal, state and local government. It demonstrates what's possible when we all work together to strengthen our society and our lives. YOU can make a difference no matter where you live.
Code for Vermont is an emerging network of civic hackers in cities and towns across Vermont. Civic hacking is a participatory effort to improve communities through technology. Code for Vermont is a platform for civic engagement at the local level. Collaborating with the Vermont Digital Economy Project, volunteers working with Code for BTV have built or improved websites for over a dozen non-profit organizations and plan to work on many more of these websites. These websites are helping to make Vermont non-profits more connected, and thus are making Vermont communities more resilient.
Tell us more about your experience, interests, and how you would like to help.