The fourth annual Cleveland Give Camp
will be held this weekend on the LeanDog
boat by Burke Lakefront Airport. Organizers are expecting 200 volunteers to turn out from Friday, July 19 to Sunday, July 21 to help 18 chosen non-profits with their software and web-based application projects.
In addition to the developers, project managers, designers, creative professionals and other techies, volunteers do everything from making sure everyone is well fed to cleaning up. “Each project team leader, project manager... Every single person who works on Give Camp is a volunteer,” explains spokesperson Amy Wong. “It’s a way for people with a unique set of skills to give back.”
But the people involved in Give Camp, many who come back year after year, also have fun. Many pitch tents for the weekend, while others simply go without sleeping. The event is also a great techie networking opportunity.
“It’s fun, you get to spend the weekend on the lake with a great view,” says Wong. “You meet a lot of great people you never met before and hang with some really smart people. People get sucked in by the non-profits they work with.”
Some of the non-profits receiving help on their projects this year include the Free Clinic
, LAND Studio
, Malachi House
and the May Dugan Center. In addition to LeanDog and Burke hosting the event, 12 additional companies sponsor Give Camp. Some of the top sponsors include Arras Keathley
and Hyland Software
“We’re really grateful to all of our sponsors,” says Wong. “They give us everything. They feed us breakfast, lunch and dinner and a special treat on Saturday night.”
Source: Amy Wong
Writer: Karin Connelly