UWM Students Lend Tech Help to Nonprofits

August 23, 2017

Students in the School of Information Studies are giving local organizations a boost through the school’s nonprofIT program. Led by Adam Hudson, the instructor who co-founded the program, the program has already helped 12 Milwaukee nonprofits expand their Web presence with new sites that enhance visitor engagement.

“We were looking for ways to help students get the experiences that would help them succeed after they graduate,” he said. “At the same time, we saw an opportunity to make a contribution to the community.”

The list of organizations that have been helped by the program include All Hands Boatworks, Milwaukee Riverkeepers, Running Rebels, and Spotted Eagle Inc. Local businesses have also gotten involved as mentors to the students.

“Being involved as a mentor has given me an opportunity to be more connected to the community,” said Beth Duerr, senior manager of e-commerce operations at Direct Supply. Duerr advised students who were designing a website for Kids Tales, a literacy program started by a Shorewood teenager.

Currently, the number of organizations asking for help and the number of students wanting to participate both exceed the capacity of the program. Thanks to a recent gift from the Greater Milwaukee Foundation, the program can help more organizations step into the information age.

“I am thrilled by the support from the Greater Milwaukee Foundation,” said Hudson. “Their investment makes a statement about the value of nonprofIT for our community.”