This weekend was the third annual Lansing Give Camp, a weekend long event where web developers, designers, and database ninjas donate their time to create programs/software/webpages for non-profits. It officially began at 5PM on Friday and ended at 5PM on Sunday afternoon, where we gathered in the basement of Impression 5 Science Center in Lansing. I met my team: Amelia Marschall from Gravity Works Design, Daniel Hogan of Ginger and the Geek, and Kathleen Kiester to help re-design the Mid-Michigan Environmental Action Council (Mid-MEAC) webpage.
The old webpage is still hosted on the domain as of today, but you can also check out our re-design here. I created the favicon, the tri-county Michigan iconography, the Facebook landing page, Twitter background, and did content editing across the site. Overall, we didn’t have as much work as I had expected. I initially brought a bag with clothes to stay the weekend, but we finished relatively early each night.
The experience was incredible. I was surrounded by some of the most talented designers/coders in the Lansing area all working non-stop to create incredible projects. In addition, I learned a lot about the awesome non-profits in the area and the work that they do. For example, 401 Change was an idea not previously backed by any online presence. With every good action you do, others will do good. These good deeds will help change the world. 401 Change was designed to track those good deeds and show the good that people are doing all around the world. It’s amazing the ideas that people have and their desire to change the way we think about our lives. Non-Profit work is some of the most difficult and most rewarding work that one could take part in. I’m glad I got to be a part of it for at least one weekend.
So many companies sponsored our meals, donated prizes, and helped make this possible. Other Give Camps exist across the country, something I find thrilling. I plan on continuing to participate in Give Camps, if not in Lansing, then other places around the United States. Nothing feels better than knowing at the end of the day, you made a difference.
You were the change that the world needed to see.