Christmas Miracles: My work with charity Clara White Mission

It was a Christmas miracle when my friend offered a client of hers to me. My business is 5 months old, and I appreciated any new business. And, I’m thrilled she thought enough of me and was confident in my ability to recommended me. She had previously worked with a different web developer BL (Before Lacey entered her life) 😊 and, the designer had developed a new website but left all basic functions unfinished. And, this client was a charity! Clara White Mission was left without a way for sponsors to donate, volunteers to register, and the hungry to contact them for a meal! Who would do that to a Charity? To do that during donation season seemed so heartless!

For over 100 years, the Clara White Mission has helped Jacksonville’s at-risk individuals gain new perspectives on life. Founded by a former slave whose compassion for her fellow people moved her to action, the Mission has been the one-stop community center stimulating economic development through job training in educational programs, daily feedings, advancement and more. The Clara White Mission offers more than meals for the hungry and shelter for the homeless. We offer hope and a way out of the misery of a life on the streets. Yes, we provide food and shelter, but we also offer vocational programs to put people to work. Our goal is to restore those in need to meaningful, dignified lives in the community.

In my first call with the charity, they told me what was going on and I was truly flabbergasted as to why this happened. I offered to donate an hour of my time to investigate the issue and report back to them if I felt I could handle the project. There were too many unknowns and I didn’t want to waste their time or money if I didn’t know how to fix the problem. In that hour, I figured out the issue and reported back what needed to be done. My friend tells me they were very pleased that I knew what I was talking about and described it in a way that they could understand.

In the following conversations, we worked out our partnership. And, I went to work a week after because the previous website designer housed the website on his server and had to move the site to a new server with my recommendation.

Within my first hour of work, the functionality was working. Indeed, another Christmas miracle. Donors can donate, the staff get notification emails, PayPal accepts donations, and donors get a confirmation and receipt email. Their calendar of events accepts volunteer sign-ups, contact forms can accept information and send it to staff. Everything is working as it should!

If you know me, then you know that working for causes have changed my life. This project gave more to me than I gave to them. When I think of how this Clara White Mission works in our community to help the homeless and that my work somehow helped them do the work they need to do, I know I’m on the right path for my career and life.

If you are looking to be someone’s Christmas Miracle this holiday season, please test out my work and donate today at www.clarawhitemission.org.website development jacksonville

Update 1/4/19: While I made great strides to rectify most of the important issues with the new site (built by a different website designer), we are finding more items that need to be addressed, and have decided to place the website in maintenance mode until all of them are resolved.

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