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Website Construction (CMS-Based)

Posted by
Rosalind C.

Program Manager

Posted Date
Apr 18, 2019
Virtual volunteer opportunity
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Website Construction (CMS-Based)
Impact statement
This project will save us $16,822 , allowing us to provide operational funding to our Centers to deliver conflict resolution services and to provide training and program development services to support all their work.

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 have been working with Catchafire support through developing our brand message and developing a logo and are now looking to move to set up a website to pull together the pieces. The website will reflect the collective group of 12 community mediation centers working under the umbrella title Resolution Massachusetts and will be used as a central point of contact and information about the range of services offered from which people can be referred to their local Center or their websites.

What We Have In Place
  • We currently have a message platform, tagline, logo and links to other sites, which should make it easy for you to get started. We also have a designated staff member and two Center reps to work on it, and the ability to provide any other information you need.
How This Will Help

We are in the process of taking a huge step forward to meet a strategic goal of awareness raising about the services our Centers offer. Identified as one of 4 key challenges, having a centralized message and marketing effort will impact all 12 of our Centers and the communities they serve who are often unaware that these local free and low cost services exist to support them in many different ways. A website is a key way of drawing attention to our service and helps us in a statewide launch.

Project Plan

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
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
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
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

Community mediation is a proven conflict resolution and prevention mechanism that increases access to justice for low-income and marginalized populations and builds community capacity, relationships and social capital.
The goals of the CMC Grant Program are:
1. to broaden access to dispute resolution for all Massachusetts residents by promoting community mediation as an affordable public service;
2. to provide a consistent, stable funding source for centers with performance based public accountability to avoid uncertainty and instability of center operations;
3. to promote diversified funding sources for longer term center sustainability.

What We Do

MOPC builds capacity for conflict resolution, collaboration and consensus-building within public entities and across sectors state-wide and serves as a neutral forum and state-level resource in these fields. MOPC works with government agencies, courts, businesses, nonprofits, and citizen groups to address complex issues related to economic development, environmental resource management, land use, agriculture, transportation, housing, health care, and other important community objectives.

MOPC's work results in cost savings for the state and its citizens through reduced litigation and settlement expenses and enhanced capacity for effective problem-solving and civic engagement on major public initiatives in the commonwealth.

As a free-standing institute at the University of Massachusetts Boston, MOPC is committed to improving the quality of its collaborative governance, dispute resolution and deliberative democracy processes by expanding and deepening scholarship in these fields.

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