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Colorado GiveCamp April 26-28 2013 

Thursday, March 07, 2013 9:39:00 PM

Event to be held at the following time, date, and location:


Friday, April 26, 2013 at 5:00 PM 
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Sunday, April 28, 2013 at 3:00 PM (MDT)

Microsoft Boulder
1900 15th St.
Boulder, CO 80302

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GiveCamp Was A Success! 

Saturday, November 03, 2012 11:30:00 AM

Thanks to the dedication from our 26 volunteers and the donations of snacks and food from our sponsors GiveCamp was a huge success. We were able to provide technical services for the following charities:

Stepping Stones of Windsor: non-profit that provides emergency monetary assistance to people who have a notice of eviction or utility shutoff. GiveCamp provided a website (

Mile High Weimaraner Rescue: non-profit organization operated solely by volunteers dedicated to the welfare of the Weimaraner breed. GiveCamp provided a website and a dog tracking application. (

First Congregational Church Pre-School: non-profit that provides low cost high quality early childhood education to kids between three and six. GiveCamp provided a website and a parent online registration application.

Pikes Peak Children’s Museum: founding a new children's museum to open in Colorado Springs with a goal open date of December 31, 2014. GiveCamp provided a CRM (customer relationship management) system.



Colorado GiveCamp Oct 2012 Volunteer Info 

Friday, October 26, 2012 12:55:00 PM


Things to bring:
  • Sleeping bag and pillow. We will designate a "quiet room" for you to sleep in.
  • Food if you have special dietary needs. We try to accommodate healthy eating habits, but may not be able to cater to all.
  • Toothbrush, deodorant, etc. There will not be shower facilities.
  • Laptop, mouse, cords, etc. We do not plan on having any loaners
Requirements for Internet Access:
DeVry uses "BlueSocket" to facilitate connection into their network. It will be extremely beneficial if you have the following installed on your laptop BEFORE you get to GiveCamp Helpful Developer Tools:
GitHub has graciously donated free repositories for the charities for each team to use. If you do not have Git installed (or a GitHub account) please use the following instructions to do so before you get toGiveCamp

  1. Setup a free account at
  2. I'd suggest setting up and SSH key for your account. When signed in, just go to and it will show you ssh keys for your account.
  3. The first three chapters of are a great free resource to get started on, if they don't have any familiarity with Git.
  4. When I'm there (GitHubber Jared Koument), I'll be happy to help bootstrap anyone who needs a hand. (If they prefer a GUI, GitHub for Windows and GitHub for Mac are good clients for interfacing with Github. Another option is SmartGit, which is free for non-commercial use.)
DeVry University Colorado Springs Center
1175 Kelly Johnson Blvd. 
Colorado Springs, CO 80920

Guidelines for GiveCamp Weekend:
In the spirit of helping the worthy non-profits during GiveCamp weekend, please keep the following guidelines in mind. Guidelines for GiveCamp weekend:
  1. GiveCamp is a long and intense three days of coding. You need to ensure you take care of yourself and get enough sleep allowing you to be fully functional.
  2. GiveCamp is about donating your time and skills to help Charities. You will not be compensated and you should not expect to sell any services or products to any charity.
  3. Volunteers are not asked or expected to donate their time following the GiveCamp weekend.
  4. The charities own the source code, images, and all other works produced for your charity during the GiveCamp weekend.
Friday, October 26
5:00pm - 6:00pm: Registration
6:00pm: Dinner and Kick-off Meeting; charity and project presentations
7:00pm: Team meetings with charities to collect more info on the project

Saturday, October 27
8:00am Breakfast
Noon - Lunch
6:00pm - Dinner

Sunday, October 28
8:00am: Breakfast
Noon: Lunch
1:00pm: Code Freeze
1:00pm - 3:00pm: Project presentations and hand-off to charities
3:00pm - 3:30pm: Wrap-up and door prize giveaways

If you have any questions please contact us at

Looking forward to seeing you!

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Non-profits selected for this weekend's GiveCamp 

Monday, October 22, 2012 9:54:00 AM

We're pleased to announce the selection of four worthy non-profits to help during our next GiveCamp, October 26th-28th!

First Congregational Church Preschool's mission is to provide a low- cost, high quality early childhood education to children ages three to six.

Mile High Weimaraner Rescue (MHWR) is an organization operated solely by volunteers dedicated to the welfare of the Weimaraner breed. MHWR is a rescue group who operates on donations. When a Weimaraner is placed in a new home an adoption fee is required in order to help with the expenses of rehoming Weimaraners. Expenses incurred by rescue include: spaying, neutering, vaccinations, veterinary care, microchips, heartworm testing, collars, leashes, tags, crates, and dog beds. Expenses not tied directly to any one dog include: advertising, books, and administrative expenses (e.g. printing and mailing).

MHWR is located in the Denver, Colorado metropolitan area, however we have branches in Wichita, KS and Rapid City, SD. We will only adopt a Weimaraner to those living within the following states: Colorado, Wyoming, Nebraska, Kansas, New Mexico, Utah and South Dakota. If someone wishes to adopt a Weim from our rescue group, they need to travel to the location to transport the dog. We do not have a facility to house the Weimaraners that are available for adoption. Available Weimaraners are kept in their own home, in a foster home, in a boarding kennel, or in a shelter until they can find their new home.

Stepping Stones of Windsor is a small faith-based non-profit based in Windsor, Colorado. We provide emergency monetary assistance to people who reside in the Windsor RE-4 School District, and who have a notice of eviction or utility shutoff. We helped 67 families in 2011, of which 117 were children, for a total of $22,094. Approximately 30% of that came from grants, the rest is fundraised through "Soup Lunches" at various churches in the community, and through genereous donations from individuals, local businesses, churches, and the Town of Windsor

Pikes Peak Children's Museum is founding a new children's museum to open in Colorado Springs with a goal open date of December 31, 2014.

GiveCamp is returning to Colorado Springs 

Tuesday, August 14, 2012 1:03:00 PM

Save the date! The next Colorado GiveCamp will be held in Colorado Springs October 26th-28th. Do you want to volunteer your time and skills? Register Now!

Greeley GiveCamp was a success! 

Wednesday, May 30, 2012 7:50:00 PM

In early May, approximately 20 volunteers dedicated their weekend to build web sites for local non-profits. It was great seeing local techies donate their own time to help six worthy organizations.

Brenda McNulty with the Mountain View Young Marines had this to say:

Colorado Give Camp blessed our organization with a functional and cosmetically pleasing website which is extremely effective in promoting the Mountain View Young Marines.  They accomplished in one weekend what I have been trying to do for a year and a half.  Together with Colorado Give Camp the website was created and I had 8 new inquiries into our unit within a week!  It makes me wonder how many youth missed receiving our unit details because we didn't have a functioning website.  I sincerely appreciated the hand off and training. I am confident that our staff can maintain and update the website often to make it an effective tool both for current members but prospective recruits.

Did you miss out on this GiveCamp? We're tentatively planning another camp for October to be held in Colorado Springs. To stay updated, be sure to sign up for our newsletter or follow us on Twitter.

Non-profits selected for our next GiveCamp 

Tuesday, May 01, 2012 7:20:00 PM

We're pleased to announce the selection of six worthy non-profits to help during our next GiveCamp, May 4th-6th!

CAMP TO BELONG, (CTB), has been actively reuniting brothers and sisters placed in separate foster, adoptive or kinship homes through Summer Camp Programs and year round events since 1995. Founded by Lynn Price (biography), Camp To Belong Summer Camp was created to offer siblings in foster care and other out of home care the opportunity to create lifetime memories while reunited at camp. The CTB chapters are growing with the latest one being started in Colorado.

Siblings may not have the opportunity to read bedtime stories together at night, have breakfast together, cheer for each other at school functions or share precious holidays – all the things that typical siblings get to do each day. Siblings are often taken for granted. Yet, the sibling relationship can be our longest relationship in life.

Our primary goal is to provide a sense of belonging to youth as individuals, and as siblings, giving them opportunities to share childhood memories together and among other youth in the same situations.

Global Refugee Center

The Global Refugee Center works with the refugee community to improve their quality of life by implementing programs in education, health, finances, cultural integration and civil and human rights that lead to self-sufficiency and self-reliance.

Greeley Imagination Station

The Greeley Imagination Station is a non-profit, 100% volunteer based, parent/child interactive playgroup.

High Plains Chautauqua

For five days each August on the Aims Community College campus, audiences step back in time as High Plains Chautauqua recreates the traveling tent show that brought education and entertainment to communities in the 19th and early 20th centuries.       

The 2012 theme “Courage and Conviction in America,” will be reflected in evening portrayals of Patrick Henry, John Paul Jones, John Quincy Adams, Sojourner Truth, Lucy Stone, Mary Harris “Mother” Jones, Harry Truman, Louis “Satchmo” Armstrong, and Alexander Hamilton. Prior to evening performances, local restaurants provide meals for purchase and local musical groups provide first-rate free entertainment. Daytime lectures, workshops, dramatizations and children’s activities take place at Aims, in downtown Greeley, and other venues. All presentations are free and open to the public.

One of the hallmarks of High Plains Chautauqua is our Young Chautauqua program. Students from local schools study famous personalities of their choosing and some perform their portrayals as part of the program. Last year nearly 2,000 students from 13 schools participated.

For more information, call the Greeley Convention and Visitors Bureau at 970-352-3567, or visit

Mountain View Young Marines

The Young Marines is open to all youth, (boys and girls) ages 8 through completion of high school. The only membership requirement is that the youth must be in good standing at school. THIS IS NOT a program for at risk youth! It will test your physical abilities, your discipline and dedication to your fellow Young Marines.  This is not the scouts.  THIS IS THE YOUNG MARINES – TEAMWORK- LEADERSHIP-DISICPLINE are our core values. There are over 240 units with 10,000 youth and 3,000 adult volunteers in 46 states, the District of Columbia, and, Germany, Japan and affiliates in a host of other countries.

The Mountain View Young Marines were established in May of 2011 and have completed 2 recruit classes and are planning a 3rd for in July.  They have about 30 members and have both male and female members.  They have a strong bond with the Navajo Code Talkers from WWII and visit the Navajo reservation every Aug. 14th for Navajo Code Talker Day.  The Mountain View Young Marines is a for the kids by the kids unit which features a mentor program throughout recruit training.  They are the current Unit of the year for their battalion and are in competition for Unit of the year on a higher level.  Teamwork - Leadership and Discipline are the core values. 

The mission of the Young Marines is to positively impact America’s future by providing quality youth development programs for boys and girls that nurtures and develops its members into responsible citizens who enjoy and promote a healthy, drug-free lifestyle.

SOAR! Youth and Adult Choir was founded by Dr. Vicki Burrichter in 2011. With a long history of marrying social justice issues with artistic presentations (Sing for the Cure with the Colorado Symphony and 200 singers, We Are Voices for genocide awareness at DU) as well as several decades of teaching in private and academic settings, in the spring of 2011 Dr. Vicki began working one-on-one with foster kids, teaching them voice and poetry. She realized the children needed a community of adult choral musician mentors to give them more structure and support.  She integrated some foster and adopted children into her summer choir. The concerts were so successful, and audiences deeply touched, that she made that configuration into what is now SOAR! Youth and Adult Choir.

The mission of SOAR! Youth and Adult Choir is: To offer a unique opportunity for at-risk children to become involved in a safe community of mentoring adult performers, focusing on appreciation of the arts with an emphasis on developing skills necessary for success in life.

Since the inception of SOAR!, there have been many opportunities for the choir to perform. In November of 2011, they performed for The Adoption Exchange's annual black-tie event at the Seawell Ballroom at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts.  They were also featured on Channel 4 News in a special segment on the choir. In January of 2012 they recorded an anti-bullying campaign song entitled "Courage Said I Can" for two-time Emmy Award winning composer Denise Gentilini. Their next event will be concerts on Saturday, June 2 (7:,00 p.m.) and Sunday, June 3 (2:00 p.m.) at Bethlehem Lutheran Church, 2100 Wadsworth Blvd., Lakewood, CO (tickets at the door), featuring music including John Rutter's Mass of the Children, and other music including the Beatles, "Home," from The Wiz, spirituals, and several pieces written by one of our children, and our accompanist, Tami Meise specifically for this choir.

As we move forward, we look forward to also launching a Summer Life Skills Program where adults mentor and teach other skills, such as martial arts, sewing, nutrition, photography, and musical instrument playing.


GiveCamp is coming to Northern Colorado May 4th-6th! 

Friday, March 30, 2012 5:14:00 PM

Save the date! The next Colorado GiveCamp will be held in Greeley May 4th-6th. We are currently accepting non-profit applications. Do you want to volunteer your technical skills? Register Now!

GiveCamp was a success 

Thursday, October 27, 2011 9:21:00 PM

Thrity volunteers came together to help five non-profits. Thanks for your participation and we hope to see you at the next GiveCamp!

GiveCamp schedule 

Sunday, October 16, 2011 8:06:00 PM

Here is the tentative schedule for the upcoming GiveCamp. We look forward to seeing everyone there!

Friday, October 21  
5:00pm  - 6:00pm Registration
6:00pm Dinner and Kick-off Meeting; charity and project presentations
7:00pm Team meetings with charities to collect more info on the project
Saturday, October 22  
8:00am Breakfast
Noon Lunch
6:00pm Dinner
Sunday, October 23  
8:00am Breakfast
Noon Lunch
1:00pm Code Freeze
1:00pm - 3:00pm Project presentations and hand-off to charities
3:00pm - 3:30pm Wrap-up and door prize giveaways


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