Local Software Specialists Needed to Assist Area Non-Profits March 19-21
March 15, 2010
Press Release #10-060
GiveCamp is coming to the Baltimore/Washington area for the first time ever. To be held at St. Mary's College of Maryland (SMCM), the Southern Maryland GiveCamp is a three-day event that partners software developers, designers, and database administrators with non-profit organizations who need technical help, such as the creation of a web site or a tracking system for members. The camp runs from March 19-21. Some of the Southern Maryland sponsors include SMCM, Microsoft, Telerik, Asp.net Web Hosting, Charles County Technology Council, Elite Beatz Entertainment, LL Photography, Computer Management Incorporated, Papa John's Pizza, and Lockheed Martin. For more information on how to volunteer, visit www.somdgc.org.
"The impact on the community is heavy," said Southern Maryland GiveCamp chapter founder Jim Pendravis. "We have about 19 non-profits or charities that are going to receive a year's worth of IT work in the course of a weekend, free. This will allow them to save their resources to do other meaningful works within the community. Currently, there are 82 volunteers, saving these non-profits roughly $393,000 in service work. If we get 100 volunteers to volunteer, I'll shave my head on the last day, and we'll stream it live and put it on YouTube.
"Volunteers can choose to stay overnight, or return the next day," continued Pendravis.
St. Mary's College of Maryland, designated the Maryland state honors college in 1992, is ranked one of the best liberal arts schools in the nation by U.S. News & World Report, Kiplinger's, and The Princeton Review. Founded in 1840 as Maryland's "monument school" commemorating the state's first capital, SMCM is the state's only public honors college.
More than 2,000 students attend the college, which has the highest graduation rate for all Maryland public colleges and universities. The school's waterfront campus along the St. Mary's River in Southern Maryland is home to the 2009 National Intercollegiate Sailing Association Co-ed champions.