As I sat anxiously awaiting my next task from the director of volunteers at Second Helpings, aimlessly staring at the computer screen, I realized that this organization I was helping was technologically years behind. So I decided to take action!
First off Second Helpings is multimillion dollar not-for-profit that recuses and prepares food from restaurants around the city of Indianapolis and has done this for the past 15 years. Sitting there I pondered the idea of how such a large company, who helps so many people every day, could be 10+ years behind in technology. It got me thinking. Here I am, doing menial data entry, (which for them is very important) while I could instead be redesigning there website, improving there social media influence, advertising for them, or helping them move into the 21st century in-general.
So when Mary Parks, the director of volunteers, called me to give me my daily assignment, I proposed some potential ideas that would ultimately transpose Second Helpings in to a 21st century business. These first raw ideas are what I believe is just the beginning for them.
My original idea is simple: redesign the site so it can be easily understood by all visitors. The site as it sits now is confusing, filled with text hyperlinks and ambiguous descriptions. The challenge to this project is that there is an incredible amount of raw information on the site that is vital to the site that needs to be condensed into a streamline website. The webmaster at Second Helpings is no longer with the company, so there is no one who knows what they are doing running the website. It takes an awareness of visual design, as well as knowledge of psychology of web design to produce a great website. I happen to be skilled in both, and are more than willing to help them.
Beyond the website Second Helpings must become more digital in everything aspect of its operation. In future meetings, I propose the idea of keeping tickets electronically and giving there delivery drivers iPad Minis, to keep track of who get what food. Second Helpings tagline is “transforming lives through food” I would like to “Transform Second Helpings through technology”