This morning, Sunday, July 19, 2020, for some reason I woke at 5:00 am -- I now assume that it is because my body is trained to wake up early on the third weekend of July. This is because, for the last ten years, the third weekend of July has been Cleveland GiveCamp Weekend. Little sleep and a lot of work on behalf of local nonprofits is the norm for the over 200 volunteers that provide FREE tech solutions annually at Cleveland GiveCamp.
Since I was awake, I decided to put together this blog post to honor those that give their talent every year, and to acknowledge and mourn the loss of normality in 2020 during this coronavirus crisis. I thank many people in this blog post, but please remember that they represent a much larger number of people who work on behalf of Cleveland GiveCamp to make it possible to serve our community's nonprofits with FREE tech! I created the video at the top of this blog post on Saturday, July 18th, to share on social media -- it helped me remember ten years of success at: "Cleveland GiveCamp – geeks in the home of rock and roll coding for charity."
Cleveland GiveCamp 2020 Planning Started in 2019
a very impressive group of #volunteers who are committed to finding tech solutions for #Cleveland & #Akron area #nonprofits.
Prepared for 2020!— Stuart O. Smith, Jr. - sosAssociates.com (@sos_jr) December 11, 2019
I just attended the 1st planning meeting for @CleGiveCamp's #CleGC 2020 -- a very impressive group of #volunteers who are committed to finding tech solutions for #Cleveland & #Akron area #nonprofits.
You can help!
Sponsorships open at: https://t.co/kLIaC4fpJP pic.twitter.com/bi3UBpoP6b
Talking GiveCamp at #StartUpXmas2019 Holiday Party
Iâ€™m meeting many great creative people at the #StartUpXmas2019 Holiday Party!— Stuart O. Smith, Jr. - sosAssociates.com (@sos_jr) December 14, 2019
I recommended to several people to check out the current @AkronArtMuseum and @ClevelandArt exhibitionshttps://t.co/GnqyClfXCThttps://t.co/iAUO2wt3vG
and @CleGiveCampâ€™s #CleGC https://t.co/LLNQtOQ5XG pic.twitter.com/XQFIgQq657
New Year's Eve Thank-You to Rebecca Ferlotti and Tech Volunteers
I have a tradition of using Twitter to thank many people and organizations at the end of the year. See my blog post:
- Blog Date: January 7, 2020 - #NewYearsEve and #NewYearsDay 2020 #ThankYou
As we ended 2019, I sent out a thank-you to Rebecca Ferlotti for featuring the 10th Annual Cleveland GiveCamp in Fresh Water Cleveland:
- Cleveland GiveCamp celebrates ten years of helping nonprofits
Posted Wednesday, July 24, 2019, on FreshWater by Rebecca Ferlotti
I was honored that she interviewed me for her article about this special anniversary year:
Quite a few volunteers who attended the first Cleveland GiveCamp have attended all ten years of its existence in the city. Stuart O. Smith, Jr. and his son, Michael, attended Cleveland GiveCamp back in 2010 because they thought it sounded interesting. When they arrived, they “found out that Cleveland GiveCamp organizers at the time had so many volunteers that instead of just being on the LeanDog boat, which was actually a smaller facility at the time, they had to call the city of Cleveland and [get] permission to use the [Burke Lakefront] Airport,” Smith says. After that first year, Smith joined the Cleveland GiveCamp steering committee and now donates his time year-round.
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Smith points to the strong nonprofit sector in Cleveland as one of the main reasons Cleveland GiveCamp is so sustainable. Moving forward, he says one of their main goals is to attract nonprofits who do not know Cleveland GiveCamp exists, including some with no Internet presence. The steering committee continues to urge nonprofits to tell other founders to spread the word as this yearly event grows. “You take [Cleveland’s] strong technology community, marry it with the volunteerism history of this community, and GiveCamp was born gloriously with the largest turnout for a first-time GiveCamp in the nation,” says Smith. “From looking at what other GiveCamps have shared on social media and their websites, we believe we continue to be the largest GiveCamp.”
With Cleveland GiveCamp’s tenth anniversary in the books, the organization is looking forward to many more years helping nonprofits in Cleveland. “We have the greatest volunteers and greatest donors that make it possible,” Smith says.
In addition to Rebecca Ferlotti, I tweeted out a thank-you to the great Cleveland tech community members who support Cleveland GiveCamp:
#NewYearsEve #ThankYou, @RebeccaFerlotti, for your @FreshWaterCLE article about @CleGiveCamp #CleGC 2019! I am honored that you interviewed mehttps://t.co/BcCP4IrE0B— Stuart O. Smith, Jr. - sosAssociates.com (@sos_jr) December 31, 2019
The story of @CleGiveCamp serving #Cleveland & #Akron #nonprofits for 10 years is an important message to share! pic.twitter.com/FYcmnGQYdx
#NewYearsEve #ThankYou to the #CLE #tech community for providing FREE tech solutions for #Cleveland & #Akron area #nonprofits at @CleGiveCamp's #CleGC!https://t.co/DKXZ3PwSN0— Stuart O. Smith, Jr. - sosAssociates.com (@sos_jr) December 31, 2019
2019 marked the 10th year these #volunteers serve our community at #CleGC!!https://t.co/OLZDgeZeLJ pic.twitter.com/2oJsZBsSJJ
January -- New Year. Everything was Going Smoothly
The cancellation due to the COVID-19 crisis hurts even more when you know that in early 2020, everything was looking to be a good year for Cleveland GiveCamp. It is sad!
The @CleGiveCamp planning meeting that I was attending for #CleGC 2020 just ended.— Stuart O. Smith, Jr. - sosAssociates.com (@sos_jr) January 16, 2020
A lot of behind-the-scenes activities are going smoothly. A great start to 2020.
Eleventh year serving the #Cleveland & #Akron #nonprofits in our community. https://t.co/DKXZ3PwSN0 pic.twitter.com/ME1Ae0nB2A
Thank You, Summit Artspace, for Your Support of Cleveland GiveCamp
Non prof friends! Get yourself to @CleGiveCamp 2020! Watch for the spring registration and start thinking about how the #CleGC techies and volunteers could help you improve the web face you show the world! We did at https://t.co/GxAKT9J51m. https://t.co/2R8d7ik6cY— Summit Artspace (@AkronAreaArts) January 16, 2020
Thank you, Sandro Galindo
In 2019, Sandro Galindo started picking up some of the year-round volunteer work I did for Cleveland GiveCamp while I was out of town on a multi-month backpacking trip on the Pacific Crest Trail.
We met in January 2020 so that I could thank him for his good work, and to discuss plans for 2020, since I was planning a backpacking trip on the Continental Divide Trail. I appreciate his good work!
.@azrael, I enjoyed meeting with you today to learn about your SEO work and your #volunteer work for both @CleGiveCampâ€™s #CleGC 2020, and other #nonprofits in our community. Your good work is appreciated!— Stuart O. Smith, Jr. - sosAssociates.com (@sos_jr) January 23, 2020
I love your ideas for engaging new @CleGiveCamp volunteers and sponsors. pic.twitter.com/MX20FsB9Q9
It was great catching up w you and hearing your hiking stories. And can’t wait for #clegc this year!— Alessandro (@azrael) January 23, 2020
Thanks, @azrael! Yes, I really enjoyed catching up with you too!— Stuart O. Smith, Jr. - sosAssociates.com (@sos_jr) January 23, 2020
I just sent you an email with the information you wanted on the @CleGiveCamp #CleGC 2020 "action items" you suggested.
You have great ideas -- let me know how I can be of assistance as you move foreword. pic.twitter.com/pVxJcDrua7
Thank You, Spike Radway
Spike Radway always supports Cleveland GiveCamp by promoting it to CDPUG ("A Non-profit Organization Dedicated to Education & Professional Development for Digital Publishers") members. Over the years, thanks to Spike's good work, Cleveland GiveCamp has had CDPUG designers share their expertise in the website and graphic design work at Cleveland GiveCamp Weekend.
At the PechaKucha Night Cleveland event in February 2020, Spike introduced me to a person that helped promote Cleveland GiveCamp to more nonprofits. I also approached the person to become a financial sponsor for Cleveland GiveCamp 2020.
Sending emails to people interested in promoting @CleGiveCamp #CleGC.— Stuart O. Smith, Jr. - sosAssociates.com (@sos_jr) February 24, 2020
Good people interested in FREE tech for #Cleveland & #Akron area #nonprofits! https://t.co/MCZa2zTfMT
The 2nd person @SpikeRadway introduced to me during the @PKNCLE at @MusicBoxCLE. https://t.co/6LiMo0CQX3 pic.twitter.com/5aFCqw77lE
Learn more about PechaKucha Night Cleveland in my blog post(s):
Blog Date: February 25, 2020 - Celebrating International PechaKucha Day at PechaKucha Night Cleveland - Volume 36!!
Thank You, Amy Neumann and Susie Sharp
Thank you for helping spread the word about #CLEGC!— Cleveland GiveCamp (@CleGiveCamp) February 24, 2020
.@CharityIdeas, I just received an email about more â€œOffice 365 Free - How Can I Get That (for #NonProfits)â€ training!— Stuart O. Smith, Jr. - sosAssociates.com (@sos_jr) February 28, 2020
During @PKNCLE at @MusicBoxCLE, I talked to @OnTechPartners president about the training and @CleGiveCamp: https://t.co/wUvQKMr3oP pic.twitter.com/mQmZLOMcts
NONPROFITS: Learn how to get Office 365 for FREE! @ontechpartners is hosting a free one-hour event 9am Mar 10, 2020. It's free to attend, but they're asking everyone to register in advance at the link below! https://t.co/t7ZyrS01no pic.twitter.com/kk4D5yRDgO— Cleveland GiveCamp (@CleGiveCamp) February 28, 2020
Learn more about Amy Neumann and her work with technology for nonprofits from my blog post. She was the keynote speaker at:
Danita Harris Featured Past Cleveland GiveCamp Nonprofit Partner, Domestic Violence & Child Advocacy Center, on WEWS News
.@danitaharris @WEWS great that you are sharing the work @DVCAC does in #Cleveland during the #coronavirus crisis@DVCAC provides 24/7 help 216-391-HELP https://t.co/kHschIz0ES— Stuart O. Smith, Jr. - sosAssociates.com (@sos_jr) March 25, 2020
I learned of @DVCAC when they were a @CleGiveCamp #CleGC #nonprofit partnerhttps://t.co/KkLarGqMy1 https://t.co/FqMthEEYpC pic.twitter.com/Fw36uLxG7U
COVID-19 putting domestic violence, child abuse victims at risk. Home is not a safe place for everyone. https://t.co/zsRd3AmDnv— Danita Harris (@danitaharris) March 25, 2020
Great Message From Northwest Arkansas GiveCamp!
When you look at the number of nonprofits we serve each year, we hope you are seeing more than a number by each year. We hope you see the hundreds, if not thousands, of people that each nonprofit is able to serve better because the technology tools they received from #givecampnwa.
A great message from @givecampnwa as it serves Northern #Arkansas with FREE #technology solutions for #nonprofits.— Stuart O. Smith, Jr. - sosAssociates.com (@sos_jr) April 1, 2020
Thank you, @CleGiveCamp, for retweeting @givecampnwa positive message during these dark times. #GiveCamp #volunteers around our nation help thousands!#CleGC https://t.co/QIsPPIyOUW
When you look at the number of nonprofits we serve each year, we hope you are seeing more than a number by each year. We hope you see the hundreds, if not thousands, of people that each nonprofit is able to serve… https://t.co/zH500WXnuk— GiveCamp NWA (@givecampnwa) April 1, 2020
Cleveland GiveCamp -- Postponed For 2020!!!
Please Note: In light of the Coronavirus pandemic, the Cleveland GiveCamp 2020 event scheduled for July is postponed. Please continue to watch our website for updates as this situation evolves. Thank you for your patience and understanding. Be well.
REGISTRATION HAS BEEN POSTPONED
The sad news is announced to the public.
Important, sad announcement by @CleGiveCamp!— Stuart O. Smith, Jr. - sosAssociates.com (@sos_jr) April 20, 2020
While I knew that @CleGiveCampâ€™s #CleGC 2020 would be postponed due to #coronavirus crisis, it is disheartening to see the formal announcement
Please share @CleGiveCamp announcement tweet & Facebook post https://t.co/MxlHC8ahTj https://t.co/4ZZ9B4wCSD pic.twitter.com/iMeUmUHApT
In light of the Coronavirus pandemic, Cleveland GiveCamp 2020 scheduled for July has been postponed. Please watch our website for updates as this situation evolves. Thank you for your patience and understanding. Be well. #CLEGC— Cleveland GiveCamp (@CleGiveCamp) April 20, 2020
In light of the Coronavirus pandemic, Cleveland GiveCamp 2020 scheduled for July has been postponed. Please watch our website for updates as this situation evolves. Thank you for your patience and understanding. Be well. #CleGC pic.twitter.com/UBg0tFIMFn— Cleveland GiveCamp (@CleGiveCamp) April 20, 2020
At tonight's @CDPUG Members Showcase, I gave an update at the end of the showcase to the attendees about the @CleGiveCamp postponement for #CleGC 2020. https://t.co/DKXZ3PwSN0— Stuart O. Smith, Jr. - sosAssociates.com (@sos_jr) May 29, 2020
Please their share @CleGiveCamp's tweet: https://t.co/BSJ08l8kje pic.twitter.com/7hn4pNWJ2q
Since 2010, 42,000 volunteers have performed over 325,000 hours of service as part of the Indians Volunteer Challenge; that amounts to the equivalent of $7.5 million worth of service to local nonprofits!*
Due to the COVID-19 outbreak and postponement of Major League Baseball, the Indians Volunteer Challenge is on hold this year. Business Volunteers Unlimited and The Cleveland Indians want to thank you for your volunteer service and hope to reinstate the program in 2021.
BVU and the Cleveland Indians have been great supporters of Cleveland GiveCamp for many years by giving game tickets to volunteers who worked during Cleveland GiveCamp Weekend. Their support is appreciated.
Our Indian's volunteer challenge is on hold this year due to Major League Baseball being postponed. You can still find new ways to give back during this time. Check out our website and see what opportunities are available.— bvuvolunteers (@BVUVolunteers) May 29, 2020
Thank you, @BVUVolunteers and @Indians, for supporting @CleGiveCamp #CleGC tech volunteers with your Volunteer Challenge program for the past several years. https://t.co/ZVEIJ4Yh0Yhttps://t.co/TyMNI129mz— Stuart O. Smith, Jr. - sosAssociates.com (@sos_jr) May 29, 2020
Looking forward to returning to normal volunteer activities in 2021! https://t.co/Ec6ruujHL8 pic.twitter.com/hGbJ23sBHQ
WordCamp Kent 2020 Provided Useful Education for Cleveland GiveCamp
June 30, 2020 by megabyterose
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A couple of folks have written about their experience with WordCamp Kent being online for the first time, along with so many other Camps this year that will need to do the same. We wanted to highlight a couple of those here in case anyone missed them.
WordCamp Kent 2020 Online & Beyond by Stuart O. Smith, Jr.
At Cleveland GiveCamp, most of the website projects are built using WordPress. Thus, I highly recommend attending WordCamp Kent to learn the latest about WordPress.
Long-time Cleveland GiveCamp volunteer, Megan Rose (megabyterose), is one of the leaders of the Northeast Ohio WordPress Meetup and WordCamp Kent -- see her WHAT’S NEXT? blog post, which included a link to my blog post:
Blog Date: June 16, 2020 - WordCamp Kent 2020 Online & Beyond
I have included all the WordCamp Kent 2020 session videos in my blog post.
I like how @stevegrunwell talks about #WordPress improvisation. This is why I am at @WordCampKent— Stuart O. Smith, Jr. - sosAssociates.com (@sos_jr) May 30, 2020
I work with #Drupal content management system, but have worked with WordPress at @CleGiveCamp #CleGC.
I always like to learn more about #tech!
I used to run https://t.co/XvgJ7lpGRW pic.twitter.com/0aB0HiePyp
Thank you, @megabyterose, for good info in your "WHAT’S NEXT?" @WordCampKent blog post, and for including my quote about #WordCampKent 2020 online.— Stuart O. Smith, Jr. - sosAssociates.com (@sos_jr) July 8, 2020
I appreciate that you linked to both my blog post & @LinneaAFN blog post.#WCKent #WordPress #WordCamp pic.twitter.com/YbmJvv7vBg
Blast From The Past!
I am grateful for Dave Swersky's "Blast From The Past" -- it is important to remember the past as a way of thinking of better times in the future!
Blast From The Past— Dave 'Breaking The Chain' Swersky (@dswersky) June 11, 2020
I had so much fun at these events @leandog in Cleveland, right on the lake downtown.
I imagine they're on hiatus with all the crazy in the world, hopefully @CleGiveCamp will return soon. Good memories
cc @sadukie pic.twitter.com/5xn7nlCQ4x
July 17-19, 2020 -- The Cleveland GiveCamp Weekend That Wasn't
Everything in this section was shared during what was to be the 2020 Cleveland GiveCamp Weekend. It is great to see people talking about the future as they look forward to 2021.
I am thinking about Cleveland GiveCamp this weekend as I write this blog post. First, I shared a video I created to help in the mourning process -- thinking of past years by looking at ten years of t-shirts:
I wore my 10th Anniversary (2019) @CleGiveCamp t-shirt today, as I mourn the postponement of the 11th #Cleveland #GiveCamp due to the #coronavirus crisis #CleGC 2020 was originally planned for this weekend! https://t.co/KpUMhwCps3— Stuart O. Smith, Jr. - sosAssociates.com (@sos_jr) July 18, 2020
See past blog posts https://t.co/LLNQtOQ5XG pic.twitter.com/gDil61EYyd
is that why I put on my 2016 tee shirt today?— Paul (@psmithgb) July 18, 2020
Great rememberance Stuart! Itâ€™s been a pleasure working with you through the years making such a rewarding event. Looking forward to 2021!— Jonathan Knapp (@cc_jonknapp) July 18, 2020
Thanks, @cc_jonknapp.— Stuart O. Smith, Jr. - sosAssociates.com (@sos_jr) July 19, 2020
Iâ€™m glad you liked my @CleGiveCamp rememberance video. Iâ€™ve been thinking a lot this week about #CleGC 2020 being postponed. I wanted to honor it this weekend.https://t.co/KkLarGqMy1
Thanks for your leadership that contributes to #CleGC success every year. pic.twitter.com/lLbB0Zy4yK
Kevin Smith's video -- remembering 10th anniversary, and thinking ahead to 2021!
This would normally be @CleGiveCamp weekend. Looking forward to more productivity and fun with my Social Media and A/V teammates in 2021! In the meantime, hereâ€™s a look back at the video I created last year for Cleveland GiveCampâ€™s 10th anniversary! #CleGChttps://t.co/bGDSt7HQEi— Kevin F. Smith (@kefrith) July 18, 2020
Of course, my Facebook memory for today is a photo of my son on the top of the @LeanDog boat at @CleGiveCamp working at night on a FREE website for a #Cleveland area #nonprofit— Stuart O. Smith, Jr. - sosAssociates.com (@sos_jr) July 18, 2020
Missing #CleGC 2020, & looking forward to #CleGC 2021https://t.co/KpUMhwCps3https://t.co/LLNQtOQ5XG pic.twitter.com/gy67CUxaPy
Today’s Facebook memory:— Stuart O. Smith, Jr. - sosAssociates.com (@sos_jr) July 19, 2020
“Cleveland at night at GiveCamp. #CleGC”
This weekend I am missing @CleGiveCamp Weekend and looking forward to @CleGiveCamp’s #CleGC 2021 Weekend!! https://t.co/IV9PRbcB10 pic.twitter.com/7UQ3fzXfGb
This would have been @CleGiveCamp's 11th-anniversary event. Always a great time & I miss it, the people & the nonprofits dearly. If any nonprofits need tech help & would like to be notified of the next GiveCamp, you can sign up at https://t.co/PnrEG3MFow https://t.co/KUXo9XK7ux— Alessandro (@azrael) July 19, 2020
Today, I'm thinking about past @CleGiveCamp #CleGC Weekends (historically 3rd weekend in July), and see @NorthcoastChi tweet.@NorthcoastChi, yes very sad, but at the same time happy that you "can't wait to participate again"— Stuart O. Smith, Jr. - sosAssociates.com (@sos_jr) July 19, 2020
I'm looking forward to 2021. https://t.co/DKXZ3PwSN0 https://t.co/OvmRuhQIbi
ABSOLUTELY!— chichi nkemere (@NorthcoastChi) July 19, 2020
You are welcome, @givecampnwa.— Stuart O. Smith, Jr. - sosAssociates.com (@sos_jr) July 19, 2020
I really like your message!
"hope you see the 100s, if not 1,000s, of people that each nonprofit is able to serve better because the technology tools"@CleGiveCamp #CleGC normally this weekend. Instead, now looking to 2021https://t.co/DKXZ3PwSN0 pic.twitter.com/rlHCbTY7Ia
Woke Up Early Thinking of Cleveland GiveCamp
Since I was up this morning earlier than usual, I decided to spend the morning writing this blog post. It is my way of thanking the many people who helped further the Cleveland GiveCamp mission:
The Mission of Cleveland GiveCamp is to pair creative and technology talent with nonprofits in need.
I have no idea why I woke up at 5:00 am.— Stuart O. Smith, Jr. - sosAssociates.com (@sos_jr) July 19, 2020
I did not plan to get up this early. pic.twitter.com/sFSunJF7e7
Related Blog Posts
Photos, nonprofits served, resources, and more -- you can read about some of the past Cleveland GiveCamp Weekends here:
Hello Muddah, Hello Fadduh, from Cleveland GiveCamp 2017!
Funny blog post in the form of a letter home from camp -- please let Stuart know if you read it!
Now, instead of 2020, we will need to wait until to 2021 for the eleventh year that Cleveland GiveCamp volunteers will provide free tech solutions to local charities. Please tell everyone you know about this opportunity for nonprofits, and have them sign up for official notifications at: ClevelandGiveCamp.org/Nonprofits Thank you!
The following are our "Social Distancing Series" blog posts, which we write to try and capture the activities we are able to do at this time. Once the coronavirus crisis is over, it will be interesting to read these to see the contrast between these times and "normal life."
Blog Date: July 7, 2020 - Social Distancing: Cleveland Museum of Art Reopening - #WelcomeBackCMA
Blog Date: July 1, 2020 - Social Distancing Park Visits - June 2020
Blog Date: June 16, 2020 - WordCamp Kent 2020 Online & Beyond
Blog Date: May 20, 2020 - Social Distancing: Visiting More Parks and Park Campsite Information
Blog Date: May 6, 2020 - Social Distancing with Virtual Trail Talks #CelebrateTrails #VirtualTrailDays
Blog Date: April 23, 2020 - Social Distancing with Park Walks & Online Life
Blog Date: April 8, 2020 - Humor and Creativity on the Twitterverse While Social Distancing
Blog Date: March 30, 2020 - Peaceful Parks While Social Distancing
We expect to continue to practice social distancing for at least the rest of 2020, so please come back to read more and...