I spend the weekend of April 4-6 at New England GiveCamp, a weekend hackathon that pairs tech and design people with charities in the Boston and New England region.
This year, I worked for Generations Inc., a Boston-based charity that pairs senior citizens as literacy tutors for children.
The process they used for accepting volunteer applications was time- and labor-intensive. Basically, they used the Job Manager WordPress plugin to accept applications, which went into their WordPress install as a custom post type.
Then, a staff member would have to re-enter all that information into Salesforce, which they use to track volunteers, clients and related assignments.
Since Salesforce is the endpoint for managing all of Generations Inc.’s relationships, they wanted a way to take online applications and put them directly into Salesforce. So that was my project for the weekend.