Website Construction (CMS-Based)

for  MAB Community Services
Brookline, MA, USA
Posted by
Paul T.

Director of Communications and Marketing

Posted Date
Apr 18, 2019
Location
Virtual volunteer opportunity
Website Construction (CMS-Based)
Impact statement
This project will save us $16,822 , allowing us to invest in more marketing programs that we don't have the budget for now.

Project Details

What We Need
  • Development of a new website using a Content Management System (CMS)
  • Training to ensure Organization's staff members can update content and manage the site post-launch
  • Note: This project is for a website built with a Content Management System (CMS), such as Wordpress, Squarespace, Joomla, or Drupal. A CMS-based website can be maintained and updated easily (no coding required!)
Additional Details

We need to create a new WordPress site for one of our programs called Skills For LIfe. Currently, the program just has a page linked from The Ivy Street School website (ivystreetschool.org). We would like it to have its own separate site.

What We Have In Place
  • We currently have identified goals and the audience and content outline, which should make it easy for you to get started. We also have access to key stakeholders, and the ability to provide any other information you need.
How This Will Help

We need to improve the outreach and marketing efforts for this program. We need to increase overall awareness and increase participation in the program. Right now, they are at a disadvantage without a standalone website.

Project Plan

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Prep: Share Information
  • Volunteer Manager provides Professional with an outline of the Organization’s needs and goals for the new website, which should include any specific features that are required (e.g., contact forms, mobile responsive design, member sign in, etc.)
  • Volunteer Manager provides approved content and images to be used for the new website (e.g., About Us copy, Mission Statement, staff bios and images, etc.)
  • Volunteer Manager provides Professional with links to any existing online presence that the Organization has (e.g., social media, blog, existing website, etc.)
  • Volunteer Manager registers Organization's domain name with a web host, if necessary
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Milestone 1: Kick-off Discussion
  • Volunteer Manager and Professional connect to discuss the timeline and scope of the website project, including: the number of pages or sections for the new website, specific features and plugins requires, look and feel for the website (themes), target date for initial review, target date for website launch
  • Professional reviews information provided and makes recommendations for which CMS application to use
  • Volunteer Manager signs up for the selected CMS application, and provides Professional with credentials to create the website
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Milestone 2: Build and Review
  • Professional uses the materials provided and agreed upon timeline to build the website
  • Volunteer Manager reviews the in-progress website and provides feedback
  • Professional completes any required functional QA
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Milestone 3: Website Launch
  • Professional provides final website for approval to launch
  • Volunteer Manager approves the website for launch, or requests approval from any stakeholders
  • Professional launches the site on Organization's domain name
  • Professional troubleshoots any issues that may arise immediately after launch
  • Professional instructs the Volunteer Manager on how to update content and maintain the website going forward
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About The Org

Our Mission

MAB Community Services has been working in Massachusetts communities for more than 100 years. Founded in 1903 as the Massachusetts Association for Promoting the Interests of the Adult Blind, MAB was the first social service agency in the United States dedicated to serving individuals who are blind or visually impaired. Today, MAB's mission has expanded to address the needs of adolescents and adults with cognitive and developmental disabilities. We work with individuals with disabilities to eliminate barriers and create opportunities so that they can live independent, full and satisfying lives. Our motto: “With the right support anything is possible!”

What We Do

MAB’s three core program divisions include:
-Adult Disability Services (ADS) has offices in Allston where we offer an array of vocational and day supports to more than 100 adults with developmental disabilities. ADS also provides residential support; 18 group homes are located throughout Boston and surrounding communities, including a special residence for five young adults who live independently in the community.

-The Ivy Street School in Brookline provides educational, clinical and residential services to approximately 45 adolescents a year who are diagnosed with autism, traumatic brain injury, or who have other neurological or behavioral disorders, helping them to gain the educational, functional and vocational skills necessary to successfully transition to adult life. Our small size means that students and families receive personalized, in-depth attention from our educators, clinicians, and staff. Ivy Street is licensed by the MA Department of Elementary and Secondary Education and is a Chapter 766-approved private special education program.

-The Massachusetts Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired (MABVI) works across the state, with offices in Brookline and Worcester. MABVI primarily serves older adults, the most vulnerable and fastest-growing group of people who are losing their vision. As the baby boomer generation ages, the number of people with uncorrectable vision loss is expected to double by 2030. MABVI offers a robust set of vision rehabilitation services including: access to specialized low vision eye clinics through formal partnerships with eye physicians; in-home occupational therapy and training; orientation and mobility training; peer empowerment support groups; 1:1 personalized volunteer assistance; adjustment counseling referrals; and an innovative assistive technology training program. MABVI has a proven record of addressing the role of vision loss and vision rehabilitation in helping seniors retain their independence with a goal of remaining in their own homes. Services are especially important for those older adults who have recently acquired vision loss, and can benefit from learning adaptive strategies and coping skills so they can continue to live safe, independent and active lives.
MABVI also has expertise in athletic programming for individuals who are blind or visually impaired (B/VI), having managed one of the largest B/VI teams for 25 years. As part of our efforts to raise funds for MABVI through the Boston Marathon, we coordinate race services for B/VI athletes, recruit/train sighted running guides, coordinate a junior race program for youth who are B/VI, and consult on a local and national level to create more B/VI race divisions. An outgrowth of this work is: United in Stride (www.unitedinstride.com), a tool for pairing B/VI runners and sighted guides. For individuals who are blind or visually impaired, finding the right running partner can be challenging, but incredibly rewarding. This unique website enables athletes to register and search anywhere in North America for guides.

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