What some of our interns are saying about their new jobs for 2017-18 school year

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My experience as an Intern for IT4Causes has been pretty good so far. I have been able to be involved in tasks that I had never done before. I went to my first Project assessment meeting with Tom at Virginia Interfaith. I really learned a lot in that meeting. I didn’t realize how detailed a project assessment meeting would be. Tom covered all of the concerns they might have from security to website designing. I learned a great deal about finding the smallest problems a client might have in that meeting.

I recently had a one-on-one with Tom regarding my goals and aspirations with IT4Causes and my long term goals in general. Tom pointed out the resources I could use to help achieve my goals which was very helpful. I am interested in database management, cyber security and web designing. We also recently started a project in Salesforce, which I excited to start learning.

I think I am going to get a lot out from this internship. I appreciate the fact that Tom cares about our personal goals and tries to provide us with projects that match with our goals.

David Naimy

IT4Causes has been a great experience so far. I find this internship both valuable and rewarding because it is getting me more familiar with the IT workplace, and the fact that IT4Causes works for nonprofit organizations provides me satisfaction in knowing that my efforts are helping out those who are in need. From this internship I hope to gain more IT experience and figure out which way I want to further my career path. I can’t wait to see what else is in store for me and my fellow interns!

Meet Our Intern: Haamid Shaikh

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My name is Haamid Shaikh and I’m a senior at the University of Richmond. I’m currently pursuing a major in Economics with a concentration in Finance. My role at IT4Causes is as a Business Development Intern. I value this role because it helps me gain important career-related experience while making an impact in the community and helping other non-profits. This role helps in honing my business skills, gaining professional experience and growing my professional network. I would recommend this internship to anyone looking to learn more about developing a business and managing existing client-base.

Summer 2017 Interns: Scott, John, and Jasleen

Scott

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My name is Scott Su. My role with IT4Causes was the Nonprofit Management Intern. In this role, I was responsible for marketing and event planning. On the marketing, my job was to draft messages for social media and create presentation slides and videos for promoting the company. On the event planning side, I was in charge of planning and coordinating Happy Hours and other networking events, including finding sponsors and promoting the events.
My main goal in the internship was to get more people to know about IT4Causes and learn as much knowledge and as many skills as I can. And this internship provides me a lot of opportunities to try different work. Because IT4Causes is a nonprofit startup, interns like me can work on many different aspects instead of doing one type of work every day. Therefore, the biggest thing I have learned from this internship was the understanding of the management of a startup. I now have a clearer sense of a company’s structure and how different parts coordinate with each other. Another great thing about this internship is its flexibility. I know what I need to do and I can spread the work evenly in a day or in a week rather than work straight eight hours a day. And I also have the option to work remotely. Besides several meetings a week, I do not need to go back to the office every day. That allows me to work in a more comfortable environment.
I found this internship very rewarding and valuable and I would definitely recommend to others who have an interest in startups and non-profits. Most of the times, interns are trained to take over the tedious work and help the employees in the company to work more efficiently, in which case, they don’t have a lot of learning opportunities. However, in this internship, I worked directly with the founder and I was in charge of the entire process of marketing or event planning. I got a lot more responsibility but huge growth in my skills and knowledge at the same time. And it is rewarding because I know my effort is not only for this company but also for the community IT4Causes is helping.

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I wanted an internship that offers the opportunity to develop skills in all different aspects of a business. And this internship at IT4Causes is exactly what I look for.

 

John

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I found this internship through the University of Richmond Career Services website, and didn’t know a ton about the organization at first. I was interested because it seemed like a good way to reconcile my passion for charitable work with my business education, so I decided to look a little closer at IT4Causes. What I found was a startup with a worthy mission, and so I applied and was ultimately accepted. During the summer, I had a broad range of responsibilities and therefore had a broad range of learning experiences. As is the case with most startups, the job description is just the beginning of what you will end up learning and doing, and I found the vast array of experiences very rewarding.
With the summer behind me, I would highly recommend this internship to anyone who is either interested in startups/entrepreneurship OR to anyone who is interested in charitable work. Beyond the work-related experiences I had with IT4Causes, I developed a rich network of nonprofit leaders in the Richmond area and was exposed to the causes those organizations support. By working with IT4Causes, I got to support multiple agencies who believe in multiple worthy causes. I also got the chance to work alongside different members of committees for IT4Causes, and learn from professionals in a wide variety of fields. Finally, I had the chance to apply my business education in an environment where people are working hard to solve issues that plague the Richmond community, and to know that my work had and will continue to have a positive impact.

 

Jasleen

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I had a great time working for IT4Causes this past summer! Going into the internship, I didn’t have much expectations of what I was going to learn or what kind of an experience I would get. However, at the end of the internship I was quite content with how I had spent my summer. I learned a lot more than I had imagined I would! Since IT4Causes helps lots of local non-profits clients, I was able to interact with many of them on a one-on-one level. Working with different clients helped boost my confidence level and gave me the interaction with others that I had always yearned for. The best part was that I didn’t just stay at one location all throughout the internship. This past summer, I definitely had a valuable experience, as along with working with clients and attending company events, I was also able to learn and apply the concept of networking. Prior to the internship, I was always hesitant to meet new people and even more hesitant to start a conversation. IT4Causes really helped me to become not only confident in myself but also confident enough to interact with almost anyone. I would really recommend others to apply to the internship so that they can also learn new things every day and experience a wonderful working environment.

Meet our New Intern

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Hello there! My name is Hien Vo. I am a junior at the Virginia Commonwealth University, majoring in International Studies with a concentration in Social Justice. For this upcoming academic year, I am excited in gaining more knowledge through the education my major offers as well as gaining new experiences by being a Nonprofit Management Intern at IT4Causes! My knowledge and experience will help me achieve my goal in working with nonprofit organizations while creating lasting connections and, ultimately, impacting the local Richmond community positively.
As my summer is about to end with the First Day of School right around the corner, I am making the most of it by traveling to other places, such as Boston and California. (Fun Fact: one of my bucket list items is to travel to all fifty states.) I have also been listening to Podcasts and audiobooks that touch on minimalism, mindfulness, and how to be badass. I believe that by surrounding myself with positive messages daily, I will grow and become the best person I can be today and an even better person tomorrow.
I hope to help IT4Causes reach their mission in aiding other nonprofit organizations to operate successfully and my mission in evolving as a student, an intern, and as an individual, progressively.
We are also looking for more Federal Work Study Interns from VCU! If this sounds something that you would be interested in, contact me at hien.vo@it4causes.org or Tom Anderson at thomas.anderson@it4causes.org for more information, or stop by the IT4Causes table at VCU’s Federal Work Study Job Fair on August 30!

Interview with Partnership for Families

Partnership for Families (PFF) provides resources for vulnerable families with young children to ensure a solid education while creating safe and healthy environments for children to grow and thrive. PFF partners with other organizations that engage in early literacy and learning that will benefit families to better support their children.

A challenge that PFF faces is that they have a difficult time in effectively tracking families’ progress over time. IT4Causes steps in to provide the best software package and case management in tracking progress. Without IT4Causes, PFF would not have taken the step in advancing more technologically, such as being able to track referrals to other agencies on line and having the ability to look at higher level of data analysis like mapping where the clients they serve live. IT4Causes also provides training for the staff so that the organization can learn to sustain the systems themselves over time.

As we work with Partnership for Families, we are growing together and creating a new resource for the local RVA community that other organizations can access at affordable rates. Working with IT4Causes has helped PFF assess the problems and create solutions together. We at IT4Causes are pleased to provide Partnership for Families with a smoother process for assisting families in need, tracking progress and outcomes, and creating a lasting partnership in the community.

Volunteer opportunities for IT4Causes!

IT4Causes is a nonprofit organization that is also an IT consulting firm. We work to understand our nonprofit agencies’ needs and deliver the most useful services to improve their outcomes. With an organization like us, we are always looking for and reaching out to volunteers and those who are interested in working with us.

Here are some new volunteer opportunities:
LastPass Configuration with Art180. The task consists of researching product features, recommending best practices, and helping the client set up individual users in the cloud-based version of the LastPass product.
Bartender for our Rooftop Happy Hour Event on September 14, from 5-9 PM on top of 804RVA.
• And, Event Management assistance for our upcoming technology expo, Tech4All 2.0, in early November.
We also are in urgent need of someone who has experience in website creation, migration, and updates in WordPress for our various clients.

Check out the link for more information on all our volunteer opportunities: http://www.it4causes.org/volunteer/

Let Freedom Ring!

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As the 4th of July is upon us, we wanted to take a moment to reflect on freedom, and what it means to us at IT4Causes.  We believe that people helping people is one of the things that makes this country great, and we’re here to enable people in information technology to do this on their own terms.  At IT4Causes, we provide:

  • Volunteers the freedom to use their skills when they want, and for as much time as they would like
  • Volunteers the freedom to apply the skills they already know, or to learn how to use new technologies to help others
  • Our nonprofit partners the freedom from the burdens of inefficient processes and systems, to free up more time to pursue their important missions
  • Our donors the freedom to support many different causes with a single pledge.

 

We’re also proud to support other concepts that are key to the American experience through the agencies we serve, such as:

  • Liberation Veteran Services works with homeless veterans every day, and we’re helping them figure out their IT needs and systems,
  • The services we’ve provided at ReEstablish Richmond have allowed them to increase their staff that work tirelessly with refugees who are resettling in the melting pot of RVA,
  • Art180 provides disadvantaged youth the freedom to express themselves through art, and we provide them with IT services to help their staff do that even better,

These are just a few of the many agencies that IT4Causes and its many pro bono experts, IT volunteers, and interns work with every day to ultimately help others try to realize their own American dream.

 

We hope you have a safe and fun holiday, and we invite you to continue the celebration of American freedom at our Red White and Brew Happy Hour, on Weds July 12 from 5:30-7:30 at the Triple Crossing Brewery in Fulton.  Because we have such great sponsors at Impact Makers, Berkana Enterprise Consulting (BECteam), and Vaco Technologies, we’re able to offer a special promotion of 40% off all tickets throughout the long holiday weekend, using promo code “July40”!  So for just $15, you can enjoy great draft beer, flatbread pizzas, and awesome networking opportunities.  Of course, you are also free to pay the full $25 admission, knowing that your generosity goes straight to helping local charities be more effective and efficient with better data and IT solutions.

 

So this weekend, let freedom ring, and we hope to see you on July 12!

 

Meet One of Our New Interns

Hello! My name is John Rymer, and I am excited to be serving as one of the Nonprofit Management Interns for the summer. I am a rising senior studying Business Management and Marketing at the University of Richmond. This summer, I’ll get to help IT4Causes with reaching new partners and foundations, and hopefully gain some great experience along the way!

Now that the formal introduction is out of the way, here are some fun facts about myself:John

  • I was born in Charlotte, NC but currently live in Yardley, PA
  • I joined Club Rugby on an absolute whim and have only broken two bones playing it
  • I plan to find the best place in Richmond to watch a sunset from (any recommendations?)
  • I spent the last two summers building homes in West Virginia with an organization called Next Step Ministries
  • Favorite ice cream flavor: Cookies and Cream
  • Favorite movie: The Godfather
  • I am not musically talented in any way, shape, or form but I really enjoy listening to music. Some of my favorite bands include the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Cage the Elephant, and the Black Keys.
  • Special talents include puns, making up words, and consistently not being able to catch a fish (but that doesn’t stop me from trying).

I’m glad you took the time to get to know me better, and hopefully, our paths will cross at some point this summer! Check back in for introductions to our other summer interns!

What Are Nonprofits Saying About IT4Causes

The partnerships with our local nonprofits have been very successful. We interviewed our clients about the services that we provided, and how we helped these organizations thrive. Let’s hear what some of our happy customers have to say about IT4Causes and the impact that we helped create!

If you are interested in learning more about what our partners do for the Richmond community, check out their websites and Facebook pages:

Commonwealth Autism:commonwealthAutism
http://www.autismva.org/
https://www.facebook.com/CommonwealthAutismService/#

Flashpoint Fund:FPF
http://flashpointfund.org/
https://www.facebook.com/Flashpoint-Fund-310030845738129/?ref=br_rs

Partnership For Families:PFF
http://www.partnershipforfamilies.org/
https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=290203467722943&ref=br_rs

ReEstablish Richmond:ReEstablish Richmond
http://www.reestablishrichmond.org/
https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=191593514247862&ref=br_rs

New Partner: Leadership Metro Richmond

We are excited to announce our new partnership with Leadership Metro Richmond
Leadership Metro Richmond is a regional chapter that focuses on community leadership development and engagement organization. LMR was started in 1980 to improve racial, gender, and socio-economic divides in our area’s community leadership. LMR conducts a 10 month leadership development program called Leadership Quest, that individuals can go through in order to develop unique skills and prepare them from becoming diverse leaders in their community. The Leadership Quest program has been going on for decades, and both IT4Causes Founder Tom Anderson and Lyall Shank completed the program (Tom in 2014, Lyall in 1992).  LMR helps to partner leaders with different organizations in order to foster collaboration and action in community engagement. This helps to provide leaders with an environment that will broadens their knowledge and perspectives about our region that will inspire them to serve unselfishly.

We at IT4Causes are excited to begin working with Leadership Metro Richmond in order to help them continue to grow and supply with better tools to successfully achieve their goals.  We’ve already helped them define a new IT strategy, we’re starting to transition their IT support, and we’ve queued up a number of projects like Office 365 migration and a hardware refresh program.

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