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Let's Learn About Project Homeless Connect SF: Discussion and Brainstorming

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 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.

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  • Regina W.

    Just got this from the email that they sent today:


    Join PHC on Tuesday, December 3rd from 6-8PM for drinks, snacks, and a fun-filled fundraiser at Sports Basement! Not only will you receive 10% off all merchandise during the event, but 10% of all sales revenue will be donated directly to Project Homeless Connect! Come and get some holiday shopping done, enjoy a drink, and donate to a great cause!

    Where: Sports Basement - 1590 Bryant St
    San Francisco, CA 94103
    When: Tuesday, December 3rd, 6-8 PM
    What: Free drinks and snacks, 10% off all Sports Basement purchases with 10% of proceeds donated to PHC
    Why: Discounted sporting/outdoor gear and fundraising for a good cause!

    November 21, 2013

    • Jessica Q.

      Thanks for sharing, Regina.

      1 · November 22, 2013

    • Regina W.

      You're welcome, Jessica! :)

      November 22, 2013

  • Siva M.

    unfortunately, i could not make it out to this meeting. what's the best way to get in contact with the team to get involved? thanks

    November 13, 2013

    • Peter B T.

      I'm in the same boat but would really like to get involved.

      November 14, 2013

    • Regina W.

      Thanks for your comments, Siva and Peter. The best way is via their respective websites. However, since Project Homeless Connect is working with HandUp, they could make that connection (or, if you write them both, let them know why: you heard about them via SFTech4Good and you want to get involved in whichever one is the best fit.) Project Homeless Connect SF: http://www.projecthom...­ and HandUp:­

      1 · November 14, 2013

  • Richard

    Great meetup. Loved hearing about Project Homeless Connect SF and HandUp, and the brainstorming created some great energy!

    November 14, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Great orgs - sorry we could not stay for brainstorming

    November 14, 2013

  • Megan K.

    I'm sorry I'll be out of town for work or I'd love to attend with all of you. On behalf of, I'm sending a big THANK YOU (or rather, #ntenthanks) to the SF organizers and all of you who make the group a success!

    1 · November 11, 2013

    • Regina W.

      <sad organizer face> Thank you and NTEN too, Megan!

      1 · November 11, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    LOVE this. Hands-on brainstorming. Go SFTech4Good!

    1 · September 19, 2013

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