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GiveCamp unites tech industry

November 6, 2013
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A Red Cross team that benefited from the technical work at GiveCamp celebrates with lunch in Eastown. Photo via fb.com

The technology community will be working for the region’s nonprofits this weekend at GiveCamp.

GiveCamp is returning to Grand Rapids for its fourth year, looking to cross the $1-million mark in donated services to nonprofits since it began.

The event will be this Friday to Sunday at The Factory in downtown Grand Rapids.

GiveCamp is a nationwide group that creates a weekend-long event for technology-industry volunteers to serve the needs of nonprofits.

The event attracts volunteers such as designers, developers and marketers.

“Each year, we bring together approximately 20 nonprofit organizations and 150 technical professionals,” said Grand Rapids GiveCamp President Ross Hunter. “The average annual value to the nonprofit community of the work completed at GiveCamp is $250,000 in donated technology services and resources that these organizations typically would not otherwise receive.

The nonprofits that benefit from GR GiveCamp are “great organizations, and I wanted to help them accomplish their goals,” said Adam DeLong, an Elevator Up software developer and 2012 volunteer at GiveCamp.

“I had a great time creating a positive impact on these organizations, while collaborating with and learning from many different technology and community leaders in the area,” DeLong said. “The experience was invaluable.” 

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