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US Digital Response connects volunteers who are skilled in technology, data, design, communications and operations to rapid-development tech projects to help governments and nonprofits improve their COVID-19 response (tech to help with web sites or databases associated with testing, vaccine appointments, drastic increases in unemployment filings, etc.), food assistance, elections and more. "Our shareable tools, practices, and pro bono expert volunteers can adapt to the specific needs of any state or local government."
For instance, for Memphis, Tennessee: because of the effects of COVID-19 on the economy, thousands of residents of Memphis, Tennessee are struggling to pay rent, and the city faces risks of mass evictions. To improve housing stability, NPI Memphis, in partnership with Memphis Area Legal Services and the University of Memphis Law School, put in place a program to match volunteer legal assistance and CARES Act funding with renters and landlords so they could reach settlements and improve housing stability in the area. To streamline the hundreds of applications for legal aid that were overwhelming NPI legal clerks, US Digital Response volunteers built an automated intake process that could screen applicants, collect required files and signatures, and generate case files so that legal clerks could focus on client interactions and efficiently hand off cases for assignment.
US Digital Response volunteers also built a grant tracking and reporting tool that makes it easier for states to apply for and document spending of federal stimulus funds. This free, secure tool has been implemented in Rhode Island and Ohio, and can be reused across states and government agencies within days.
More about volunteering: https://www.usdigitalresponse.org/volunteers/
Technology volunteers: Data scientists, front-end & back-end engineers, designers, engineering managers, product managers, user researchers, writers. Experience with government technology stacks a huge plus.
Policy & Communications volunteers: Experienced policymakers, content strategists, copywriters, graphic designers and social media managers.
Operations volunteers: Professionals with experience in general management, manufacturing and production, logistics and supply chain, procurement or disaster relief response.
If you have volunteered with this virtual volunteering / tech4good initiative, we would LOVE for you to comment below and talk about it!
-=-=-=-=-=- Jayne Cravens Author, The LAST Virtual Volunteering Guidebook
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