Thank You to Our Volunteers

IT4Causes says thank you to each volunteer that has enabled us to support our mission. Thank you for believing in and practicing Better IT for a Better World.

IT4Causes is a community organization that provides stable, secure, and sustainable information technology solutions and services to other for-purpose agencies in RVA. As a  501(c) 3 organization, we utilize a fractional CIO model to support multiple agencies that cannot staff information technology professionals for various reasons. With this model, we rely heavily on volunteers who use their skills and expertise to advise organizations on many different issues that arise throughout the year.

To support the information needs of for-purpose organizations enables volunteers to make the world a better place by implementing information technology solutions. This work that our volunteers do enables nonprofit organizations to do the work that they do.

For National Volunteer Week, we are taking a moment to celebrate and thank the members of our nonprofit community that enable us to promote and use commercial industry best practices that are optimized for nonprofits. To date, more than 200 volunteers have supported different projects ranging from product evaluation/selection to information security assessments to social media planning. Since April 6, 2020, IT4Causes volunteers have logged more than 725 hours in service to IT4Causes and other organizations such as Rx Partnership, Senior Connections, and the Salvation Army Boys and Girls Club. Approximately 250 hours have been logged in support of COVID-19 relief efforts.

Because each of our volunteers has meaningfully contributed their time, skills, and expertise, we say thank you! We say thank you to the many volunteers who, like those listed below, have implemented Better IT for a Better World.

Michael Mancuso
Since 2019, Michael has logged more than 370 hours in the volunteer role of desktop technician. In this role, Michael has been responsible for installing, diagnosing, repairing, maintaining, and upgrading computer hardware, peripherals, and equipment at community organizations. Although Michael characterizes his role as small, he has made several dozen dead laptops and a few desktops useable to our partner organizations. According to Michael, “volunteering at IT4C not only allowed me to put some current, outside-the-house experience in my resume… it led me to my present employment with Tech for Troops.”

Michael Edwards
Michael’s commitment to IT4Causes began in 2017, and since then, he has logged more than 145 hours in support of projects at IT4Causes and Virginia Commonwealth University’s Pace Center. Using his expertise as a data modeler, Michael brought valuable IT and database experience to the Pace Center, which strives to equip and empower students to listen deeply and respond lovingly to their community. As noted by Elizabeth Roderick, Michael “has extensive experience in mentoring young people, so he [can] offer some [critical] insights and tips about how [organizations] can be successful.” 

John Granger
John has been helping IT4Causes with Windows Server, firewalls, networking, and a range of other technologies.  John retired from a long career as a technology leader and consultant and wanted to continue to give back to the local community, so volunteering with IT4Causes was a natural fit. We appreciate all the time (over 100 hours) and energy he has contributed to projects at Pathways, Episcopal Diocese of Virginia, Friends Association for Children, U-Turn Sports, and other agencies to ensure they can securely access the data they need to serve their important missions.

Hope Norman
Hope learned about IT4Causes at an LMR Board Connector, and since then, she has brought her expertise as a leader in digital design to IT4Causes. To date, Hope has led efforts to redesign the IT4Causes website using advanced techniques to restructure and present critical information about IT4Causes to potential clients and volunteers. Hope has contributed more than 100 hours, all while juggling her now-successful search for a new job. 

Again, we say THANK YOU to  ALL of the outstanding volunteers who make our work possible.

 

 

Volunteer Spotlight: Mindy Tanner

IT4Causes enjoys the support of great volunteers. Today’s Volunteer Spotlight is on a member of IT4Causes’ Marketing and Branding Advisory Group-Mindy Tanner.
Mindy, who started volunteering with IT4Causes in October of 2014, has a background in communications and currently works for Royall & Company. She also volunteers and takes classes at the Visual Arts Center of Richmond. When asked about her volunteering experience, Mindy stated: 
 “Volunteering with IT4Causes is a great way to impact the larger Richmond community both now and in the future. IT4Causes’ unique mission not only helps nonprofits enjoy better IT at a fraction of the cost now, but also helps them increase their capacity to serve in the future through enhanced efficiency.”
Mindy has helped IT4Causes get the word out about its mission to help local small to mid-size nonprofits have safe, secure, and sustainable IT solutions by working on a variety of projects. Mindy has done everything from document review to brainstorming ideas to helping out at special events to social media strategy. You can help get the word out about IT4Causes by following us on Facebook, liking us on Twitter, and signing up for our newsletter at our website.
If YOU are interested in helping Richmond area nonprofits become more effective through better IT systems, please visit our website, IT4Causes.org or Hands On Greater Richmond to sign up.