Matching service can help you use your IT skills to help good causes

IT professionals wanting to volunteer their expertise to local charities and communities needing IT help now have a national...

IT professionals wanting to volunteer their expertise to local charities and communities needing IT help now have a national infrastructure to enable them to do so, through IT4Communities, an organisation which provides a matching service.

Launched in November 2002, IT4Communities now has more than 1,500 IT professional volunteers registered alongside more than 500 charities that need assistance. Projects range from web development and formulating IT strategies to setting up databases and training staff.

So far volunteers from the IT industry have contributed the equivalent of £250,000 worth of their time to charitable causes under the scheme, and that figure is rising rapidly.

Several professional IT bodies are involved in the initiative, including suppliers' organisation Intellect, the British Computer Society, Business in the Community, Citizens Online and the Worshipful Company of Information Technologists. Computer Weekly has backed the initiative since its inception.

There are currently several hundred needy projects registered with IT4Communities across the UK.

In addition to individual volunteers, IT4Communities is seeking corporate involvement from organisations that may wish to benefit from the team bonding opportunities such charitable volunteering offers their IT workforce.

For more information on how you can use your IT skills to help your local community, contact Simon Davey, national director of IT4Communities

simon@it4communities.org.uk

www.it4communities.org.uk

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