HCIL Service Day

Volunteer to spend the day at a non-profit organization to design or improve the way their users interact with technology and information.

Volunteer Option 1:
WAMU 88.5 FM American University Radio:

WAMU is the leading public radio station for NPR news and information in the greater Washington area. It is member-supported, professionally-staffed, and licensed to American University. Their station covers local, national and international news, public affairs talk programming, and traditional American music.

Come help WAMU redesign their Kojo Nnamdi Show archives interface.

4000 Brandywine Ave
Washington DC 20016

Volunteer Option 2:
Kids.gov / Federal Citizen Information Center:

Kids.gov is the official U.S. government’s website for kids. It provides information and services to three groups, kindergarten through 5th graders, 6th through 8th graders, and educators. The site provides age appropriate information, organized by subject areas, ranging from science and math to history and much more.

Come help Kids.gov redesign their website for kids.  They want to make it more interactive, fun, and easy for kids to use. 

1800 F Street NW
Washington, DC 20405

Volunteer Option 3:
The Nonprofit Village:

The Nonprofit Village offers shared office space accompanied by management and operational services to Montgomery County nonprofits. In addition to the spaces they offer, they also provide shared meeting rooms and business machines, such as copier, fax, and postage machines. This helps the small and often non-technologically sophisticated, nonprofits they serve lower their space costs, so they can focus on expanding their services.

Come help The Nonprofit Village think of new ways to use technology to connect nonprofits with their growing services. 

Nonprofit Village
12320 Parklawn Drive
Rockville, MD 20852

Volunteer Option 4:
National Park Service, Interpretation and Education Program: http://www.nps.gov/index.htm

The U.S. National Park Service, Interpretation and Education Program provides key strategies for providing experiences, revealing meaning, and establishing relevance to connect people and communities to national parks. The goal of all interpretive services is to increase each visitor's enjoyment and understanding of the parks, and to allow visitors to care about the parks on their own terms. Interpretation programs help visitors establish personal and meaningful connections with the parks in a variety of ways, including discussions with rangers, signs about their geological history, and educational games on the WebRangers website.  

Come help the National Park Service redesign a part of WebRangers, their website for children. 

National Park Service
1201 I Street NW
Washington, DC 20005

Volunteer Option 5:
CASA de Maryland: http://www.casademaryland.org

CASA de Maryland works with the community to improve quality of life and fight for equal treatment and full access to resources and opportunities for low-income Latinos and their families. CASA also works with other low-income immigrant communities and organizations and makes its programs and activities available to them. CASA also advocates for social, political, and economic justice for all low-income communities.

Come help CASA de Maryland improve their new Salesforce.com database interface so it is easier for their staff to use, given the diversity of their computer experience.  If there is time, we will brainstorm staff development programs to help train staff to use this database.  (Spanish-speaking volunteers a plus.)  

CASA de Maryland
8151 15th Ave
Hyattsville, MD 20783

Volunteer Option 6:
Thrive DC:

Thrive DC works to prevent and end homelessness by providing vulnerable individuals with a comprehensive range of services to help stabilize their lives. They accomplish this by providing the last available safety net for people facing economic crisis and housing instability while also providing the first step towards independence for people experiencing extended periods of homelessness. Their services include educational and therapeutic activities, employment preparation, comprehensive social services, and emergency services.  

Come help Thrive DC redesign the client area of their website so it is easier for their clients to navigate, given the diversity of their computer experience, reading levels, and language background.  (Spanish-speaking volunteers a plus.) 

Thrive DC
1525 Newton Street NW
Washington, DC 20010


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