Project Homeless Connect SF's mission "is to connect homeless San Franciscans with the care they need to move forward." To that end they use Twitter and Facebook in a powerful way to share the needs of the people they serve. They leverage these social media platforms to help the homeless in San Francisco by using the hashtag #EDCDailyNeed to broadcast the needs of San Francisco's homeless in a program called "Everyday Connect".
We'll have a presentation by Emily Cohen, PHCSF's Director of Programs, and Kit Solowy, their Volunteer Coordinator. Then we'll divide ourselves into breakout groups to brainstorm about possible ways PHCSF could leverage social media even more and give them suggestions on other ways they can use technology to achieve the goals of their mission and assist the people they serve.
Specifically, PHCSF is looking for social media audit and recommendations. They are looking for ways to improve their online presence, increase followers and increase donations from social media contacts.
Rose Broome, the founder of HandUp will join us on the 13th to share about her program and how it fits in with Project Homeless Connect.
In addition, we'll give them a quick website review and recommendations for improvement. Ideally, it would be great if a skilled website developer volunteer could take a look at their website at http://www.projecthomelessconnect.com/. Their website is currently in need of a facelift, and some major reorganization; but they are currently stuck within the confines of the site which is powered by HandsOn Connect, a Salesforce interface.
Through their website, their volunteers regularly access volunteer opportunities, and it also provides a means to donate to their organization. When leading up to an event--when their website is receiving the majority of its traffic-- they receive multiple e-mail messages a day with technical complaints from their volunteers. HandsOn Connect and Salesforce has provided a convenient way to track and record volunteers and donations, but, Salesforce has not always been intuitive for their nearly 24,000 volunteers. They're hoping that someone from the SFTech4Good Meetup can make some recommendations for ways we can improve their site.
You can find PHCSF on the social web on Twitter at @PHCSF and on Facebook.
We'll also be celebrating Member Appreciation Month with our sponsor, NTEN! So help us give them a shout-out with the #NTENthanks hashtag. We'll also be armed with fun stuff from NTEN, so be there!
Please note that this event is at 435 Brannan and not in the former space the next block down where we used to meet at 525 Brannan.