Website Update

Posted by
Myrna B.

Development Director

Posted Date
Apr 9, 2019
Virtual volunteer opportunity
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Impact statement
This project will save us $4,762 , allowing us to re-allocate these funds to our Policy and Program team who provides case management services to our 500+ tenants. Funds would be used for emergency food assistance and rental assistance.

Project Details

What We Need
  • Updates and/or fixes to the Organization’s existing website (e.g., update copy or images, fix bugs, integrate plugins or widgets, customize styles/themes, etc.)
  • Training for the Organization's staff on how to update website content and resolve minor issues (if applicable)
Additional Details

We are using Wordpress5.1 and would like to add a password protected portal/page for our Board of Directors to utilize. This area would be used to hold meeting minutes, board roster, financials, etc. The uploading and maintenance will be provided by our Development Team. If possible, we would also like to add a place for them to share ideas, notes etc. Basically, a central depository.

What We Have In Place
  • We currently have a pretty up to date website, which should make it easy for you to get started. We also have all of the documents needed, and the ability to provide any other information you need.
How This Will Help

One of our organizational goals this year was to improve board communications and to simplify our organizational processes. This project will provide a communication tool for our board members. It will be a place for them to review board minutes, receive notification of pressing items, and greatly improve their communication between meetings. We are in the process of streamlining our processes and trying to digitize our work to save time, money, and trees!

Project may require a short interview with the organization.

Project Plan

Prep: Share Scope of Changes
  • Volunteer Manager shares link to existing website with Professional
  • Volunteer Manager provides the list of required updates (including content or image assets, if applicable), or a list of issues to resolve
Milestone 1: Kick-Off Meeting
  • Volunteer Manager and Professional connect to discuss the requested updates and/or fixes, and agree on a project timeline
  • Volunteer Manager provides Professional with credentials to access the website admin portal
Milestone 2: Review Updates
  • Professional makes the requested updates and/or fixes to the website (if available, the changes should be made in a test or development environment first)
  • Volunteer Manager reviews each update or fix, and reports any remaining issues to the Professional (e.g., typos in new copy, bugs that were not fixed, new bugs that were created by the updates, etc.)
Milestone 3: Implementation of Updates
  • Professional implements updates and/or fixes to the live website
  • Professional troubleshoots any issues that may arise immediately after implementing changes on the live site
Milestone 4: Training
  • If requested, the Professional provides training to the Volunteer Manager on how to update site content and resolve minor issues going forward
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About The Org

Our Mission

The mission of Venice Community Housing is to reduce homelessness, maximize affordable housing, empower low-income constituents, provide social services, and advocate for public policy that protects and strengthens the economic, racial and cultural diversity of Venice and other neighborhoods on the Westside of Los Angeles.

What We Do

VCH was founded in 1988 to respond to two critical community issues: 1) the increasing displacement of low-income Venice residents; and 2) a growing population of homeless people, particularly families, in Venice Beach. Since then, VCH now owns 208 Units of affordable and supportive housing in 14 properties
Operates 28 Units of short-term housing for families and transitional aged youth experiencing homelessness in 3 properties
VCH housed over 500 people last year, of whom over 149 had previously been homeless. Additionally, since 1996, VCH has operated youth development programs focused on creating educational and economic opportunities for children, youth and young adults ages 5 through 24.
In addition to direct provision of housing and services, Venice Community Housing works to sustain the vibrant diversity of Venice and to address the interests of the low-income residents through advocacy at the local, state, and national levels. Through strong volunteer engagement, community organizing and collaboration with other agencies, VCH leverages its connection with residents, experience, and demonstrated impact in order to achieve lasting change for more people. By building strong community leaders among youth and adults, VCH supports their efforts to speak for themselves and create the change their families most desire.

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