The 13 non-profit groups that participated this year – starting Friday evening and working through Sunday afternoon - came from a region stretching from Greater Cincinnati to north of Dayton.
Matt Brewer, co-organizer of Southwest Ohio Give Camp, said the idea of hooking up volunteer IT professionals with needy charitable groups and schools is unique to this region.
“I compare it to Habitat For Humanity (organization that builds homes for the needy) for geeks,” he said. “You give of your talent. This is a chance for the geeks to come in and do something they really know how to do to contribute to a non-profit.”.
This year, 96 IT professionals participated – 60 volunteered the first year – and the total estimated dollar value of the donated time (at an average of $100 per hour) was $233,525.
Rod Nimtz, spokesman for the Voice of America campus, said the annual volunteer effort is encouraging to see in action.
“I am always impressed by the knowledge and experience brought to the table to help the non-profits,” Nimtz said. “I’m not sure that they would find this level of creativity and support anywhere else within their budgets. Give Camp gives them the tools they need to communicate, organize, track, and do a myriad other things - and allows them to put their funds squarely behind their mission to serve others.”