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SWOGC Volunteer Survival Guide - Pregame

Posted Monday, August 5, 2013 at 12:00 AM

So you're interested in doing some good with those geek skills of yours by giving a little back to the Southwest Ohio community.  Awesome!  With Southwest Ohio Givecamp sign-up season upon us, we thought we'd put together a little survival guide to get you to the weekend. 


The first order of business is to let the organizing crew know that you're coming.  Head over to our sign up page and fill in as much as possible.  

At the time of this post we have 17 project proposals from worthy causes around the area desperate for some geek love.  The more volunteers we have, the more good we can do.

It also helps to know what kind of projects we can take on and what community we should reach out to for more help (*cough*designers*cough*).  So if you can, fill out the rest.

Get Paid to Give Back

Paid volunteer time is growing in popularity.  Check with your boss and HR department.  Even if there is no official policy, let your boss know it'd be pretty keen if s/he gave you some time to recoup the following week.

Bring your crew

Tight with your team back at the Cube?  Roll with a geek crew?  Recruit them and sign up as a team.  Just put your team name as part of your last name (i.e. Luke Skywaker - Rebellion).

Prep your wares

SWOGC 2013 is your chance to shed the corporate bureaucracy and ship some awesome code and pixels.  Make sure you have your development tools of choice ready to rock.  There are two ways you can get a head start:

A few weeks before SWOGC 2013 we'll find team leads for each project.  These amazing over-achievers work with their charity to clarify the project.  We'll also find a few volunteers and hook them up with the lead so everyone can get a loose plan in place for the weekend.  These folks will know what they need, but they'll need lots of help.

Keep an eye out for announcement posts and emails.  When we post the projects, find out where you think you can best contribute and get your things in order.  There's no doubt you'll need to fill in gaps Friday night, but at least you'll have a head start.

Tell your social network

Last, but possibly the most important - spread the word.  I speak for everyone of the organizers and past volunteers in saying we'd like break another record this year.  Last year we saw nearly 80 volunteers and 11 charities.  To one up ourselves again, we need your help recruiting more geeks to give back.

By Ryan Cromwell, Co-Organizer, Southwest Ohio GiveCamp<br/>Team Member, SparkBox
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