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Volunteer Software Engineers and Product Developers for CovidActNow.org

COVID ACT NOW (CovidActNow.org)

March 23, 2020, 11 p.m. - April 30, 2020, 1 a.m. EDT

A team of data scientists, engineers, and designers in partnership with epidemiologists, and public health officials built a tool [https://covidactnow.org/] designed to spur state and local governments into action to slow the spread of CoVid-19. This tool aims to enable political leaders to quickly make decisions in their Coronavirus response informed by best available data and modeling. It is now being used by government and covid response leaders to answer critically important questions such as: What will the impact be in my region be and when can I expect it? How long until my hospital system is under severe pressure? What is my menu of interventions, and how will they address the spread of Coronavirus? The site launched on Friday March 19th, since then it has had 3.2 million visitors and was used as input in the decisions of Anchorage and Dallas to institute ‘sheltering-in-place’. One critical request is from a federal government agency hoping to use this model and some of the presentation elements to help coordinate crisis response efforts (i.e. where to send masks). The platform is also being extended to support government agencies, medical device manufacturers, and front-line health providers plan for and respond to covid. The Request CovidActNow.org is requesting full-time+ help from experienced leaders in software engineering, UX, data science, and scalable support system design Start date: week of Monday 3/23/20 Availability: between the hours of 8pm - 10pm Specific Needs Product or Program Management: Currently there is a group of about 10 volunteers providing help sporadically, as well as a very rapidly changing set of needs and requests of the tool. CovidActNow.org's biggest area of need is someone able and willing to keep the effort organized & help plan the short/medium term roadmap. Full Stack SWE: There is a website (built with react.js), data pipelines, data visualization and other misc development work that needs to be done. [Data] Science: CovidActNow.org model outputs will be used by government officials and the public to inform crisis response. Ensuring they are accurate, up-to-date, and trustworthy is a key priority. Any scientists who are willing to lend their critical eye and expertise to the modeling effort (keeping in mind that this is a specialist field and CovidActNow.org need to maintain some humility and avoid the Dunning-Kruger effect) would be a huge help. UX Design: The product development team is currently blocked on UX design; CovidActNow.org could really use a strong UX design resource who can work with engineers to design & iterate features fast] Support Systems: CovidActNow.org is getting about 50 inbound emails an hour currently. CovidActNow.org would love someone to set up a basic / pragmatic system to support this flow and route to the appropriate person or team who can help. CovidActNow.org needs to triage for the most important requests first: hospitals, US Gov, and medical device manufacturers. (If this keeps up CovidActNow.org will need a support function)

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Go Carbon Neutral

Brightest (Climate)

Flexible times and locations

When we started Brightest we made two simple commitments to ourselves and you: anytime someone completed an act of good or volunteer shift through Brightest, we'd plant a tree. Second, we'd operate as a net zero carbon (CO2) service, offsetting all our servers, travel, and anything else we use to run our website and build our community. Thanks to the commitment of our climate community (and people like you), we've already planted over 10,000 new trees, capturing more than a hundred tons of CO2 this year. All thanks to individual acts of good adding up to big change. Now, with your help, we're taking our tree projects and sustainability commitment to the next level with a new service: a Zero Carbon Living tree-planting offset subscription. Using our existing project and partner infrastructure, each month we plant plant trees and invest in carbon-neutralizing clean energy and waste projects on behalf of our members, then verify the work to report back impact, allowing you to go carbon neutral (or gift zero carbon living to a friend) for less than the price of a weekly coffee ☕ While we don't think this alone will solve the climate crisis (one of the many reasons we provide digital infrastructure and tools to groups like Fridays for Future, XR, and Sunrise Movement), little differences DO add up when we spread the word and work together. To illustrate this, if every Spotify or Netflix customer went carbon-zero, it would carbon offset the environmental footprint of a country the size of Australia or Brazil. If you'd like to help us reach our next planting target of 1 million trees, we'd be extremely grateful, and you can start right here. Your contribution to plant trees and go carbon neutral is tax deductible. Trees planted through Brightest are planted in partnership with The Brightest Foundation Incorporated, a registered US 501(c)(3) public charity, EIN 83-3516335, alongside our local reforestation partner network. Your contribution to plant trees and offset your carbon footprint with us is tax-deductible within the guidelines of U.S law.

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Plant a Tree ($1 a Tree)

Brightest (Climate)

Flexible times

Trees are the most efficient, natural carbon dioxide (CO2) absorbers on the planet. Planting a tree helps limit climate change, restart water cycles, keep deserts from spreading, and also provides vital natural resources to local communities. Every time you plant a tree on Brightest, you're making the world a little better (and more carbon neutral), while offsetting your personal carbon footprint. Each tree you plant offsets approximately 1% of a metric ton (MT) of CO2 each year, sometimes up to 2%. Healthy, protected trees live to be 50, 75, and often 100+ years old, making them one of nature's most important ecosystem protectors and climate change fighters. For easy reference, planting 30 new trees is equal to taking one car off the road for a year and neutralizing all its emissions and carbon footprint. By supporting our tree planting projects, you'll help protect forest biodiversity, restore degraded land, fight climate change, and promote local economic development in front-line communities. Our partners work with local conservation groups, farmers, and tree planters in the United States (including wildfire areas like California and Montana), Brazil, Haiti, Peru, Madagascar, Mozambique, and Tanzania to establish sustainable agroforestry systems using native tree species, create good-paying green jobs, and help protect the local environment. Trees planted through Brightest are planted in partnership with The Brightest Foundation Incorporated, a US 501 (c)(3) public charity, EIN 83-3516335, alongside our local reforestation partner network. Any contribution you make to plant trees with us is tax-deductible within the guidelines of U.S. law.

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Amazônia, Codajás

Bring Hope To Children With Cancer

Hopecam

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Help connect children with cancer with their friends and classmates using technology. Volunteer to set up tablet computers and more!Position: Champion of Hope, Hopecam Program VolunteerMission: Hopecam is a 501c3 charitable organization with the mission of using technology to overcome the social isolation of children in treatment for cancer. Recognizing the critical need for socialization with their friends and classmates, Hopecam seeks to bridge the lonely divide between homebound or hospitalized children and their friends at school using tablets, web cameras, and Skype.To learn more, visit www.hopecam.orgPosition Description: The Program Volunteer will provide critical support to Hopecam’s program staff with administrative aspects of the "connection process.". Some of the projects we need volunteer support with include:Calling Parents for intake and follow-upCalling schools to facilitate Skype connectionPreparing informational packets to ship to children, schools, and social workersSetting up tablets and preparing tablets and webcams to ship to children and schoolsEntering applications into our database, and more!Qualifications:Positive attitude and flexibilityBe a team player willing to "pitch in" in areas not outlined in position descriptionExcellent PC skills and well-versed in PC version of Micrsoft Word and ExcelDetail orientedSense of humorSophisticated interpersonal communication skillsExcellent organizational and documentation skillsAbility to multi-taskReliable transportation to Hopecam officeStart Date:ImmediatelyMinimum Committment: 3 months, 3-4 hours/weekWe are looking for volunteers who can commit to a regular schedule after training. A criminal background check is required prior to start.Please email sam@hopecam.org if interested.

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12100 Sunset Hills Road
Reston, Virginia 20190

Communications & Marketing

Images For Good

Flexible times

images for Good is a non-profit organization that uses Photography as a tool of change! Our organization is young but quickly growing and transforming. Much of our time and energy is focused on strengthening and growing relationships with students and the community. Consequently, this leaves a minimal amount of time to focus on streamlining our message, creating clear and concise visual materials for potential donors and partners, and expanding our digital footprint. We are eager to get fresh eyes with the necessary skills onto our team in order to launch us into the next phase of our journey. Please review the contents below for more information about our work. See our program overview on Comcast News: https://comcastnewsmakers.com/Videos/2018/1/10/Images-for-GoodWe CONNECT Students with opportunities to serve, mentoring, and equipment to useCommunity elements for collective (versus individual) impactWe SERVECommunity programs and causes by helping tell their important stories in ways that better engage others to volunteer, advise, or donate to help address causes like Human Trafficking, Opportunity Inequality, Veterans Issues, Homelessness, and Food/Health InsecurityStudents as we mentor them (and they in turn mentor others) in ways that better prepare students for their futures by giving them life, job, relationship, STEAM, creativity, and photography skillsWe INSPIREStudent Artists to become Service Leaders, using the creative process to build community capability that inspires other Students to joinOther people and programs to help others with their unique gifts and talents...creating positive spirals of growth in our community

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various locations in DC, Northern VA, and MD
Vienna, Virginia 22180

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