GRAND RAPIDS, (WZZM) - Technology services can cost non-profits thousands of dollars.
This weekend,17 local organizations got help designing their websites at GiveCamp, thanks to local computer technology experts, volunteering their time.
Inner City Christian Federation'swebsite isn't serving the people Sandra Gaddy wants to help.
"We get multiple complaints about the navigation and ease for our clients," said Gaddy, the Vice President of Advancement for the local non-profit.
But that's all changing, thanks to IT experts like Joe Salowitz with the C2 Group in Grandville.
"The new website's really going to focus heavily on the homeless population that's being served," said Salowitz.
C2 Group is one firm willing to take ICF's ideas and spend three days re-designing the site, hours of work that would cost ICF thousands of dollars.
"We havefivevolunteers, and that can be upwards of $25,000 to $50,000," said Gaddy.
Inner City Christian Federationis one of 17 non-profits selected to participate in GiveCamp. This is the fourth year of the large volunteer event, which is literally a camp.
The event is in the Factory, the fourth floor above the San Chez Restaurant. It's a large community gathering space. Some volunteers slept on the floor; they're trying to build each site in the three-day time span.
Jason Sich is one of the 130 tech volunteers. His team of seven was working on "MomsBloom" Saturday.
One side was coding the back end of the site, the other was designing the front end.
"Makes it more user friendly," he said.
As a team, each group will make a difference.
"We want to tell our story, the story by having videos on our homepage," said Gaddy.
"They're very grateful for the work that we do," said Sich.