Got some spare time? Just looking for something to do with all that coding talent lying around? You need to start Coding 4 Social Good. Code 4 Social Good is a network designed for hooking up charities and organisations in need with the talented programming volunteers who can help them. It’s a good way to put your code to practice and help out a non-for-profit while you’re at it.
Social network for coding
Code 4 Social Good works like a social network or Craigslist for coders. Non-profit organisations create a profile, advertise the tech jobs they need completed and wait for the volunteers to apply. Volunteers undergo the same process, except you and pick and choose whichever jobs tickle your fancy. Strong graphic design skills? Help Mental Health Knowledge Base redesign their logo. Like making websites? The Automobile Safety Foundation need help with theirs.
Choose your charity
The cool part is that you get to choose exactly which non-profit to help. If you’re a woman in STEM why not complete a project for the Achieve Anything Foundation? They’re a foundation that puts all their funding back into providing free resources for future female STEM leaders in areas like aviation and aerospace; you can attend their events such as the hugely popular “The Sky’s No Limit: Girls Fly Too!” event that puts you in the pilot’s seat of a real-life plane!
Passionate about literacy and learning for the underprivileged? The African Library Project partners American schools, churches and communities with African villages to provide libraries from donated books and funds. You can start your own book drive in your local community; for every 1,000 books and $500 collected, you’ll provide one library for a village in Africa.
Whichever non-profit you choose, no matter your skills, you’ll be making real social change using resources you already have. So what are you waiting for? Create your profile today and start Coding 4 Social Good.
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