Hi, all. I’m interested in learning if anyone knows of any good resources for finding non-profits who are in need of volunteer/pro-bono design work.
I’ve been to networking events such as the Feast conference, have seen developer hackathons and UX for Good. But beyond connections made from one’s own network, there isn’t a community or infrastructure that helps make connections between UX designers with non-profits that I know of.
It’s common enough in developer barn raisings and hackathons, and UX designers participate in those. But if you’re looking for regular opportunities to contribute as a designer, it’s challenging to find an organization where you can be useful. Volunteer sites like Volunteer Match are good, but I find that most sites like this don’t help match what you can offer with what is needed. I can’t say, “match me up with organizations that assist the homeless who are in need of interface design or front end development.” But perhaps I’m thinking of this from too narrow a perspective?
Does anyone have ideas for how else these connections can be made? This question came up recently in a tech meetup discussion I took part in, as well as in my company. I see this almost like providing a service similar to online dating for matching organizations to people. I appreciate any suggestions.