Dave Williams named 2018 Volunteer of the Year

RICHMOND, Virginia—We recently announced our 2018 Volunteers of the Year for the Retiree category (Bob Parker) and the Job Seeker category (David Crighton), and now we’d like to announce one final Volunteer of the Year, Dave Williams, in the Corporate category. Dave currently works as a cloud architect where he helps clients migrate files to public clouds such as Azure and AWS. With his skills and knowledge, Dave provided expert help to a number of IT4Causes’s clients. Currently working for New Light Technologies, we are fortunate for the time that Dave has contributed to #ITForABetterWorld.

When we asked Dave what inspired him to join IT4Causes, he answered in a “love-at-first-sight” response: “Once I met Tom, his staff, and understood his mission, I knew it would be a good fit.” Dave’s technical skills and availability through the pro bono program at Impact Makers allowed him to contribute over 75 hours as he worked continuously “with Tom to make significant IT changes for the non-profit clients, at very low costs.”

Dave’s role allowed him to provide non-profits with information about quality products. “We were able to advise them on services that they may not have known were available (e.g., $5K Azure credits from MS),” he said. Helping to develop the roadmap for moving traditional on-premise services (e.g., Outlook) to the cloud (Office 365), Dave was an asset to the IT4Causes team and the clients he served.

“At a high level we were able to decommission old infrastructure that resided in on-premise, in their closets and small data centers,” Dave said when asked about his impact, “this equipment was often past the end of life and the organization did not know how to manage it.  By moving the core IT services to the cloud, we removed the local IT management burden from the organization, while providing them superior capabilities, often at no cost due to MS’s non-profit credits.”

Dave’s commitment to service is one of many reasons why he is a recipient of our volunteer of the year award. According to Dave, there are three steps to becoming a volunteer of the year: “volunteer often, don’t be afraid of not knowing, and treat IT4Causes’ clients as you would your normal paying clients.” Dave’s volunteerism principles serve at the foundation of everything that IT4Causes seeks to promote.

We want our volunteers and interns to be as engaged as possible, keeping in mind personal and professional schedules. We actively seek to educate new volunteers in a collaborative and innovative way that allows connection to industry level professionals, and we treat our non-profits clients with the highest level of respect. These principles are what made Dave appreciate his time at IT4Causes.

Finding pleasure in his experience, Dave closed his interview with: “the best part of working with IT4Causes has been getting to know Tom and IT4Causes’ clients,” and we are so happy that Dave could be part of our mission!

If you would like to join our mission of #BetterITForABetterWorld, please do not hesitate to reach out to our volunteer manager.

 

 

A THANK YOU gift to IT4Causes Supporters!

I would like to take a moment to thank everyone for your support of IT4Causes in 2018!  We’ve had a great year, supporting 26 agencies with around 6000 hours of skilled IT staff, volunteers, and interns.  Together, we’ve completed hundreds of projects to help make life easier for our nonprofit partners as they serve their clients in a wide variety of missions including child care, mental health, veterans program, homelessness, leadership, social justice, gender equality, family support, and many others.  We’re proud of what we’ve been able to accomplish with the help of your generous contributions.

In this season of giving, we’re also excited to let you know that, through the generosity of Belle Isle Craft Spirits, we have the opportunity to provide supporters with a very special THANK YOU gift!  If you’ve supported us in 2018 by:

  • Logging at least 15 volunteers hours with us  in our on-line volunteerism tracker (you can still go back and log hours you’ve contributed this year if you gotten behind on tracking),
  • Donating at least $25 (not counting event tickets; you can still make a donation now), or
  • Sponsoring an IT4Causes event or providing us free access to a conference,

then we would like to offer you a 750 ml bottle of Belle Isle Moonshine, in a custom gift bag, as a small token of our appreciation for all that you have done for IT4Causes and our nonprofit clients this year.  We have 5 different flavors available on a first-come, first-serve basis.  If you are meeting with Tom in person over the next week, he’ll be happy to hand you a bottle then; if not, we invite you to come to one 3 distribution events we have coming up soon:

  • Weds 12/19 from 4:30-6:30 PM at the Community Room at the Capital One Café – Short Pump – 11800 West Broad St
  • Thurs 12/20 from noon to 6 PM at Impact Makers, 3200 Rockbridge St in Scott’s Addition
  • Fri 12/21 from 3-6 PM at the Anderson residence, in Brandermill in Midlothian

We hope our supporters will stop by one of these event to catch up for a few minutes, enjoy a light snack, and grab your gift.  If you would like a bottle but are not able to make it to one of these events, please do let me know and I will do my best to try to connect with you over the holidays.  Since there is a limited quantity, I ask that you use this form to reserve your gift,

Once again, we thank you for contributing to our success this year, and we hope you have a wonderful holiday season!

2017-18 FY Impact Statement

On September 30, 2018, IT4Causes wrapped up our 4th complete fiscal year, and we’d love to share with you some numbers and stories about the impact we’re having in our community. Our 2018 Impact Statement shows how we’ve combined donor dollars and fee-for-service from our nonprofit partners with thousands of hours of volunteer and intern time to make over $575,000 of impact in RVA.  We hope you’ll find the Impact Statement enlightening, and we thank you for your support to help us achieve these results.  We look forward to doing even more in the coming year!

Sponsor Feature Story: VACO

At Vaco, we believe that who you are is more important than what you do. We’re here to help the best IT, accounting, finance, and operations talent find the freedom that comes from fulfilling their professional potential with smart companies nationwide.  Vaco provides boutique-level service with global reach in the areas of executive search, consulting, permanent placement, and strategic staffing.  Vaco has become a premier talent & solutions firm by attracting, developing and retaining the strongest players in the industry for their entire careers, so they are available to serve clients, candidates, and consultants for the duration of theirs. At its core, Vaco’s mission is to connect people to their dream jobs and help leading companies find talent to grow their business.

Vaco is also a huge supporter of those in need.  Vaco Cares is a national program launched recently and within less than a year, over $70k was raised to support designated non-profits.   We gladly support IT4Causes and all the work they do in support of their mission.

Seeking UR or VCU student with Work Study for Nonprofit Management Internship

IT4Causes prides ourselves on our ability to give meaningful work opportunities to local college students to gain real-world experience while helping local nonprofits.  We’re approved Federal Work Study partners with both VCU and the University of Richmond, and we are currently seeking a FWS eligible student to help us with running our business.  See the job description below, and contact thomas.anderson@IT4Causes.org if you are up to the challenge!

NONPROFIT MANAGEMENT INTERN (FWS)

As a nonprofit management intern, you’ll work with staff and volunteers to help our growing agency in many different ways, including accounting / bookkeeping, marketing and branding, business development, events, and partner agency management. You’ll help us use QuickBooks to manage our finances, and you’ll learn to use Salesforce to manage our pipeline of prospective clients to close deals and increase our impact in the RVA nonprofit community. . Our small staff means you’ll get to know all parts of our business, and because we serve other nonprofits, you’ll get to meet leaders at many other charities in RVA. We’ll provide a ton of networking opportunities, and you’ll work with us to build capacity in not just one agency but in many organizations around the region.

A strong preference will be given to candidates who have prior experience using QuickBooks to manage accounts for a business of any size. We will also consider candidates that have managed or helped managed the books for a business in other tools.

As a startup, we offer high growth potential. Expectations are an average of 10-15 hours per week per school semester, with flexibility to accommodate exams and breaks. Where possible, we prefer to use the same interns for multiple semesters and through the summer.

Calling all Federal Work Study Students! We’re Hiring!

IT4Causes is proud to be an off-campus Federal Work Study agency with both Virginia Commonwealth University and the University of Richmond. Our past and present interns have great things to say about their experiences with us (just scroll back in time on our blogs to see).  We’re now seeking students for the 2018-19 academic year for the following positions:

 Event Management Internship – FWS

Want to help build a new tradition in RVA? IT4Causes is a local startup nonprofit agency, and we want to grow our signature annual fundraising event, Tech4All. We’re looking for someone who can help us pull off a family-friendly technology oriented event this fall, as well as run a series of fundraising happy hours throughout the year.

IT4Causes is seeking a student with a Federal Work Study grant to serve as our Event Management intern.  In this role, you’ll work with staff and volunteers to help pull together the Third Annual Tech4All technology fair and fundraiser. You’ll help contact potential sponsors, seek in-kind and monetary donations, organize partners who want to display their technical offerings in a shared space, plan food and beverage, coordinate with the facility, help with promotion, and of course, help us run day-of-event activities. With guidance of our staff and our great group of volunteers, you’ll have plenty of help, but we will be counting on you to do the legwork to make sure we build on the success of prior events so that people will want to come year after year. You’ll also help us run 4 other smaller events throughout the year. Our small staff means you’ll get to know all parts of our business, and because we serve other nonprofits, you’ll get to meet leaders at many other charities in RVA. We’ll provide a ton of networking opportunities, and you’ll work with us to build capacity in not just one agency but in many organizations around the region.

 

As a startup, we offer high growth potential. Expectations are an average of 10 hours per week during the school year with some flexibility to accommodate exams and breaks.

Where possible, we prefer to use the same interns for multiple semesters and through the summer.

Applicants selected for interview will be given instructions for a writing assignment to prepare for the interview to demonstrate written communications skills.

This is a Federal Work Study position. You must have an FWS grant to be considered for the role. We will select candidates to participate in interviews for this role.

 

IT Implementation Internship – FWS

IT4Causes is a local startup nonprofit agency. Our mission is to provide stable, secure, and sustainable information technology solutions that enable other nonprofit organizations to focus on their missions and serve their clients better, with lower total cost to their organization and the community.  We are currently seeking students with Federal Work Study grants to serve as IT Implementation Interns.

As an IT Implementation Intern, you’ll work with our Project Manager and teams of skilled IT volunteers to implement best-in-class small business IT solutions at deserving nonprofit (we like to call them “for-purpose”) agencies across RVA. You’ll leverage third party products and tools we’ve developed to build towards a strong IT strategy and infrastructure. In the process, you’ll learn a ton about real life cloud-based solutions for file management, office productivity, accounting, fundraising, and case management, as well as web site development, social media, and networks. You’ll have opportunity to work with IT professionals in all stages of their careers, and you’ll meet some true experts in their fields.

As a startup, we offer high growth potential. As a volunteer and IT service nonprofit, we offer some of the broadest networking opportunities possible. Expectations are an average of 10-15 hours per week per school semester, with flexibility to accommodate exams and breaks.

Desired Qualifications:

High interest in IT
Prefer junior and senior Comp Sci/Info Tech majors/minors
Willing to consider others with background in:

·       System Admin/Office 365 Admin

·       Web Development / WordPress

·       Cloud applications

·       Small business Information Technology

·       Mac and Windows

Please submit resume to Thomas.Anderson@IT4Causes.org today.

This is a Federal Work Study position. You must have an FWS grant to be considered for the role. We will select candidates to participate in interviews for this role.

Meet Our New Intern: Abhishek

 

IT4Causes is proud to introduce our newest intern! When asked about why he chose IT4Causes, this is what he had to say:

Hi everyone, my name is Abhishek and I serve as an Information Technology Implementation Intern at IT4Causes. I am currently a student at the University of Richmond and plan to major in Computer Science, and I am originally from Kathmandu, Nepal but I live in Rockville, Maryland. While I am at IT4Causes, I want to be able to explore my interest in technology and further continue my passion for Computer Science. During the short time I have been at IT4Causes, I have already received the opportunity to explore and be a part of meetings and projects that I have never experienced before. I hope that through my work at IT4Causes, I get the opportunity to learn the real world implementation in the field of Information Technology that is not just coding. Outside of work and studies, I love to play sports, especially soccer and volleyball. I also enjoy going on hikes and watching murder mysteries and basically any documentary that David Attenborough is a part of.

Our New Partner: Side By Side

IT4Causes recently started working with Side By Side. We asked Ted Lewis, Side By Side’s Executive Director, to tell us more about their agency and why they decided to use IT4Causes to help with their IT strategy and project needs.

“Side by Side (formerly ROSMY) works to create supportive communities where Virginia’s LGBTQ+ youth can define themselves, belong, and flourish. We accomplish this through our weekly support groups for LGBTQ+ youth in Richmond, Charlottesville, and Petersburg, as well as our training and outreach to schools, youth organizations, and businesses throughout Virginia.

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We have grown significantly in recent years and IT4Causes will ensure we are using the most up-to-date technology that is integrated into our work effectively to help keep pace with the growing need in our community.”

In our first two weeks serving Side By Side, IT4Causes is already busy helping them select a new donor management application that will integrate with their email, financial management, social media, and other platforms, as well as creating a reusable script to make it easier for them to onboard new staff.

Volunteer of the Year 2017: Terry Barker

As announced at Tech4All 2.0, we would like to congratulate our VOLUNTEER OF THE YEAR 2017, Terry Barker.

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He is a native Okie, but lived in Virginia for over 30 years now, so he can safely say that he and his family have successfully migrated. He was a high school teacher, oilfield hand, wheat combine operator, and shipping clerk. Most of his career was spent as a mainframe programmer. His last five years were with Geico in Fredericksburg, so it is good that he has retired and do not have to travel the long commute.

Terry Barker and his wife, Kayela, have four children, ten grandchildren, and three great grandchildren, so holidays and birthdays can draw quite a crowd.

He became involved with IT4Causes due to his interest in web programming. He has always loved programming, and when he found out we needed some help with WordPress, it was a natural fit.

In the past year, he has worked with The Faces of Hope, Assisting Families of Inmates, and Commonwealth Autism. The work he does with us has helped him grow as a programmer and he knows it has helped us in our causes. He says that the people in these organizations are great to work with and he has really enjoyed the personal interaction as well.

IT4Causes appreciates all that you do, Terry Barker. Congratulations!

Meet Our Sponsor – Robert Half

We are happy to have Robert Half Technology as a sponsor for Tech4All 2.0. Read this blog post for more information about them, their mission, and come meet them on Nov. 9th!

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Founded in 1948, Robert Half is the world’s first and largest specialized staffing firm with more than 400 staffing and consulting locations worldwide. Our Robert Half Technology division is the leading provider of skilled IT professionals on a project and full-time basis.

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One thing that sets us apart from other firms in the industry is that our account executives typically have experience in the IT field, which helps us better evaluate our client’s needs. As a result, firms of all sizes have come to rely on our consultants for projects ranging from network design and security to Internet-based applications development and technical support. Our international network of skilled IT professionals is ready to help our clients carry out a variety of complex technology initiatives and enhance their productivity.

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We pride ourselves in maintaining relationships with technology industry leaders, influencers and user groups, including IT4Causes in Richmond! We’re very excited about the upcoming technology networking event, Tech4All 2.0, and learning more about the emerging technologies nonprofits use to better service their clients.