Written: January 27, 2014
Every year I meet interesting people that volunteer their time, talent and energy for worthy causes. Such was the case with Austin Burres and Cassie Eichenberger. Their cause is called: A Village For One. They are a Portland based not-for-profit organization developed to serve children who have experienced commercial sexual exploitation. An astounding number of youth in the Portland and surrounding areas have experienced this global crime against children.
We first met at a Tualatin Chamber of Commercing networking event back in October, so I followed up with her and offered to remodel their web site, and migrate them from a hand-coded site to a Content Management Site using WordPress. Now they can update their own website by just using a web browser.
We added several features to this site to make it relevant for their audience:
The banner of their site uses a special logo that they had designed earlier, and then the menu colors were selected to complement the logo.
We just had a WordPress training session today, so Cassie and Austin are all geared up to spread their message of hope, healing and change to our hurting community.Tags: pro-bono, WordPress
I live in Tualatin and was shocked to learn that our City Council wanted to demolish the City Offices and build a new one in order to extend Seneca Street, even though there was nothing wrong with the existing building. Jan Giunta contacted me about creating a new web site for this cause, and I agreed to develop it pro-bono, because it is a worthy cause.
We decided to use WordPress as the Content Management System and hosted it for free at senecafacts.wordpress.com. I chose a theme called, “The Expound Theme” because it was responsive, making it work and look good on the desktop, tablet and phone.
The site has just six pages, and it’s packed with information and photos to help make its point.
In the right sidebar we added a photo gallery where the thumbnails can be clicked to start a photo gallery.
The Contact page uses a Form to send an email message without revealing the email address, something very handy to cut down on spam.
The total time to create this web site was under two hours, and I’ve been working with volunteers so that they can maintain the site as needed using just a web browser and WordPress. Maybe your cause deserves its own web site too.Tags: pro-bono, WordPress
In my networking at the Tualatin Chamber of Commerce I met a business owner from Lake Oswego who introduced me to the Meals on Wheels of Lake Oswego, a volunteer group that feeds seniors and community members during the week. This is a very worthy cause, so I offered to setup, design and develop their first web site pro-bono.
We used 1and1 for our web hosting and domain registration services because they offer good uptime, low prices, and excellent service.
Next, we setup a PayPal account so that this non-profit could start accepting donations on their site.
There’s a blog feature, plus a contact page that sends out an email message without revealing their email address.
To make updates easy, we used WordPress as the Content Management System. Their volunteers use a web browser to maintain and update their new web site.Tags: Lake Oswego, pro-bono, Tualatin Chamber, WordPress