Every year, our development teams work with local non-profits to create new websites. We worked with the following organizations to produce websites that met each of their needs. Below you can read a bit about each of the projects that we have completed.
Friends of Children with Special Needs Club (FCSN) at UC Davis is a student-run branch of the local non-profit organization Friends of Children With Special Needs (FCSN). They work to provide UC Davis students with volunteer and leadership opportunities. Their club is dedicated to channeling hope, support and awareness towards the special needs community. They work closely with FCSN to bridge the gap between the neurotypical and the special needs community.
They also organize fundraisers for children with special needs in different parts of the world to support them in their education. Above all, they strive to reduce the stigma surrounding the special needs community and to encourage strong, loving bonds between the special needs community and the society as a whole.
FCSN Club at UC Davis offers a variety of events from volunteering opportunities to general meetings. They also organize fundraisers to help children with special needs, while also setting up events allowing children with special needs to socialize, learn new things, and have fun.
The word Sankofa comes from an African language which means “go back and fetch it” which is significant to the mission and purpose of the group which is to take information and resources we learn back to people in the community. Sankofa was founded in 2015 in order to meet the unique needs of parents of Black children with autism and other developmental disabilities. Since our inception, Sankofa has supported the needs of the parents by providing advocacy and resources that have increased awareness of developmental disabilities at the community level.
They aim host monthly support group meetings to bring under-resourced communities into the MIND, provide culturally relevant and sensitive trainings, engage in strategic outreach events, foster partnerships with cultural stakeholder agencies and organizations for future collaboration and information sharing, provide space for intentional and purposeful planning and networking for families, eradicate the stigma associated with disability in the Black community and promote inclusion.
FARM Davis is a non-profit organization located in Davis, CA. FARM Davis assists low-income and homeless populations by donating crops grown on donated land using volunteer labor and sustainable farming practices.
The Problem: FARM Davis approached #include with a problem regarding data. Their existing system for recording donations utilized dense excel spreadsheets that were hard to keep track of and difficult to analyze. The data was stored on a local network, so data had to be brought to and entered on local computers.
The Solution: #include introduced a solution for FARM Davis in the form of a web application called the FARM Davis Crop Tracker. The Crop Tracker allows FARM Davis to record donation information from any device with an internet connection, and stores the information in a SQL database that allows information to easily and quickly be queried. The application is built on Ruby on Rails and provides features such as user authentication and categorization of crops.
Project Leads: Otto Chen and Austen Winters
GRID Alternatives, headquartered in Oakland, CA, is a non-profit solar installer with regional offices throughout California, and in NY, DC, Colorado, and Nicaragua, whose mission is to make renewable energy technology and job training accessible to underserved communities. GRID designs and installs photovoltaic solar electric systems for the homes of qualifying families at no cost, while training job trainees and volunteers in solar installation skills.
The Problem : The GRID Alternatives North Valley regional office, covering territory throughout northern California from the Sacramento area to the Oregon border, wanted to understand how they could better characterize and inform their outreach and community service by gaining more insight on client, volunteer, and staff demographics. They wanted to compare the demographic profiles of GRID program participants by census tract with the demographic profiles of the regions they serve from the most recent U.S. Census, focusing on factors such as race/ethnicity, gender, age, and more.
The Solution The #include team provided a solution that followed a step-by-step analysis of each census tract, completed for each specified variable. We quantified a value for each demographic factor as a function of the respective factor from the official U.S. Census. We also looked at average energy savings due to the installed solar-electric system for GRID clients within each census tract considered. The results of this analysis will help GRID Alternatives gain a better understanding of how effectively they are serving within various regions, optimize their outreach and training methods for clients, trainees, staff, and other supporters, and support the community in an even more robust way by implementing their mission of making renewable energy accessible for everyone.
Project Leads: Sailesh Patnala and Stephan Zharkov
The Haven Project is a club originally designed at Notre Dame High School by Erin Miller and Izzie Ramirez in 2019 with a goal to create a safe space for children in foster care. It began with 10 members and has since then grown to become not only a club with over 100 members, but also has grown to have a branch at UC Davis as well. As a club, they strive to not only provide resources for children going through this process but also educate ourselves and peers on a topic that is so often overlooked.
They have been able to do many projects from Boxes of Love (quarantine care packages), to creating a Buddy the Bear mascot as a friend to children who may feel lonely, to launching merchandise, and spreading awareness to donors nationwide. Even with the difficulties of COVID and pivoting to online meetings and projects, we have been able to support over 40 children in the Los Angeles area.
Autism and Neurodiversity Community (ACN) is a community of autistic students that engage in the creative production of an autism culture - one which demonstrates the unique talents and perspectives of each autistic person. Their autism culture gives ACN agency and allows them to reach out to the larger community around the same.
They provide a safe space for autistic students and, a group to empower autisticstudents, offering them the tools that they need to succeed in academic endeavours, to control their own lives, and to control the future of their common community to foster autistic identity, consciousness, solidarity, and culture.