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A Chance to Do Work You Love and Make a Real Difference

Do you have good technical skills? Are you a computer professional just itching to put your tech skills to use helping an organization that resonates with your heart? Or maybe you’re just someone with a good understanding of the web and/or website design who would like to share your knowledge with others. (Gosh…I sound like an ad.)

Idealist.com and Mozilla (the Firefox folks) have teamed up to create Mozilla Service Week to help make it easy for you to match your computer skills with those eager for your help.  Here are the basics:

Idealist is partnering with Mozilla on their first annual Mozilla Service Week which will match thousands of “techie” volunteers around the world with nonprofits in need of help with IT, web design, programming, blogging, and more.

Mozilla Service Week will take place September 14-21, 2009, and organizations are so eager for volunteers that a couple of thousand of them have already posted their opportunities.

Seriously. I think this is a great opportunity not only to use your tech skills to help others, but to see if maybe there might be a world beyond your current job where your computer skills and web skills can really make a difference. (Not that some of you aren’t already doing this.)  Who knows? Your volunteer experience may even lead you to find work you truly love.

Both tech and non-tech web skills needed

It’s not just the most technical folks they’re looking for. Here are a few of the volunteer openings listed:

  • Teach senior citizens how to use the Web.
  • Show a non-profit how to use social networking to grow its base of supporters.
  • Help install a wireless network at a school.
  • Create Web how-to materials for a library’s computer cluster.
  • Refurbish hardware for a local computer center.
  • Update a website for a non-profit organization.
  • Teach the values of the open Web to other public benefit organizations.

And if you’ll permit me to be a bit extra corny…it’s been my experience when I take a step in a direction that feels good and meshes with my core spirit and values, more such pathways open up – and so do I.

Plus it’s just kinda fun to help folks and get all those grateful thank yous. To a lot of people, all this tech stuff is like magic! ;-)

 

About the author…

Ronnie Ann, founder of Work Coach Cafe, bases her real-world advice on her many years as an organizational consultant where she helped interview and hire people, added to a certificate from NYU in Career Planning & Development and her own adventures as a serial job seeker. She can also be found on her new blog, and on Google+.

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