Continue reading Transitioning El Buen Samaritano to a Digital Data Collection Platform

Transitioning El Buen Samaritano to a Digital Data Collection Platform

Project Description Through our project, we aimed to facilitate and simplify the food distribution and data management process for the local food pantry, El Buen Samaritano. By implementing a technological solution, we hoped to improve the inventory system that the organization is currently using. Shifting from the current pen-and-paper system to a digital system, the…

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Continue reading Welcome NST: Integrating Technology

Welcome NST: Integrating Technology

Project Description WelcomeNST is a refugee resettlement organization using a private co-sponsorship model. Our project used technology to improve communication and information storage at WelcomeNST. We conducted interviews with Slack experts and NST members and observed WelcomeNST’s Slack workspace. We found communication disconnects, decentralized knowledge and resources, and technology limitations. We investigated potential Slack add…

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Continue reading DoughBoyz: Cooking up a Sustainable Plan for Community Events

DoughBoyz: Cooking up a Sustainable Plan for Community Events

Project Description The project team researched and assessed the current operations of DoughBoyz. From this, they identified bottlenecks and areas of improvement where DoughBoyz can optimize their profits for use towards charitable events. The team developed several deliverables that will help DoughBoyz hold consistent Community Breakfast events. These deliverables consisted of a cost analysis spreadsheet,…

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Continue reading Coalition for a Healthy Greater Worcester: Community Health Dashboard

Coalition for a Healthy Greater Worcester: Community Health Dashboard

For our Interactive Qualifying Project, our team worked with the Coalition for a Healthy Greater Worcester to develop an online dashboard that displays public health data in a user-friendly and engaging way. Project Sponsor: Coalition for a Healthy Greater Worcester The Coalition for a Healthy Greater Worcester is a local nonprofit focused on developing and…

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Continue reading Habitat for Humanity: Virtual Fundraising and Engagement Opportunities

Habitat for Humanity: Virtual Fundraising and Engagement Opportunities

Project Overview For our Interactive Qualifying Project, we worked with the Metro West/Greater Worcester branch of the global nonprofit organization Habitat for Humanity to develop virtual fundraisers and engaging virtual events to help this branch of Habitat for Humanity be successful during the Covid-19 pandemic. During the pandemic, many nonprofit organizations experienced financial trouble and…

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Continue reading Worcester Community Action Council (WCAC): Identifying a Work Plan for Creating a Database and Online Platform for Youth Job Opportunities in Worcester

Worcester Community Action Council (WCAC): Identifying a Work Plan for Creating a Database and Online Platform for Youth Job Opportunities in Worcester

Project Sponsor: Worcester Community Action Council The WCAC serves more than 75,000 people in Worcester and 45 surrounding communities. They offer a variety of safety-net and economic self-sufficiency programs such as fuel assistance and energy services, Early Head Start and Head Start, pregnant and parenting teen services, work readiness, financial capability, emergency food assistance, and…

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Continue reading Habitat for Humanity MetroWest/Greater Worcester: Creating a Data Collection Tool

Habitat for Humanity MetroWest/Greater Worcester: Creating a Data Collection Tool

Abstract Our team worked with Habitat for Humanity MetroWest/Greater to construct a data collection tool. Prior to the creation of this tool, Habitat MW/GW had trouble communicating with its partnered families. This tool will enable the Habitat MW/GW to improve its relationship with families and convey the effectiveness of their organization to funders. Through research,…

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Continue reading Creative Hub Worcester: Art for Main South

Creative Hub Worcester: Art for Main South

Project Sponsor:  Creative Hub Worcester Creative Hub Worcester’s mission is to provide affordable and accessible opportunities in the arts for all Worcester area community members, with a focus on at-risk and under served youth.  Creative Hub will be located in the former Boys and Girls Club located at 2 Ionic Avenue in Worcester.  The nonprofit organization…

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Continue reading Habitat for Humanity (HFH): Management of Volunteers and Build Sites Using Technology

Habitat for Humanity (HFH): Management of Volunteers and Build Sites Using Technology

During our interactive qualifying project we worked with Habitat for Humanity MetroWest/Greater Worcester to identify information management systems that would more efficiently track volunteer hours and communicate build site timelines. The implementation of technology into HFH’s volunteer and project management will allow them to grow as an organization and provide more affordable housing to residents in…

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Continue reading Shalom Neighborhood Center: Resource Guide for Immigrants and Refugees

Shalom Neighborhood Center: Resource Guide for Immigrants and Refugees

Student Researchers Our team consisted of Ashilly Lopes, a biology and pre-veterinary major; Kevin Kerhulas, a chemical engineering major; Samuel Ellison, an actuarial mathematics major; and Sebastian Rojas, an electrical and computer engineering major. Project Sponsor: Shalom Neighborhood Center Opened in 2010, the Shalom Neighborhood Center (SNC) functions as the social action branch of the Christian…

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