What is BCN?
BCN is most definitely a volunteer-driven organization. With over 100 volunteers participating, we hold over 48 public internet orientations per year and have helped over 200 Boulder County community organizations develop websites.
We are a private, 501c3 non-profit agency with a volunteer Board of Directors from the community, who are responsible for policy making, fundraising, and financial decisions. With two full-time staff, two part-time staff, and a student technical assistant, we depend on our volunteers to help us serve Boulder County!
What Does BCN Do?
Since 1994, BCN has been a nationally-recognized leader in fostering the use of the internet and technology for the public good.
Our mission is to help individuals and public sector organizations in Boulder County take advantage of technology and the information available to them on the World Wide Web. We:
What are the current BCN Volunteer Projects?
How is BCN Funded?
BCN is primarily supported by the following sources:
You can help by volunteering your time, making a donation, or asking your employer to make a donation or match your gift to BCN.
What Kind of Volunteer Positions are Available?
BCN has volunteer positions to fit nearly every interest or ability. The following are examples of our volunteer opportunities:
What are the steps for Volunteering?
If you want to volunteer to do website development or general technical assistance, follow these steps. If you want to teach or assist with internet orientations, skip to Steps for Teachers below.
If the client's website will change frequently, suggest they use DIPP (see Maintaining a Web Site for more information).
If the website will change infrequently and the client has access to email (most do), suggest they use TELNET and access their files directly on the BCN server. We will give them a userID and password.
The goal is for clients to be able to update their own websites after you do the initial site. After you've created the site, please let the client know what the files are named, what's in them, and what subdirectory they are under on the BCN server. If you can, please explain or show them how to use FTP or TELNET to access their files.
Before actually starting work on the website, please read the Steps for Page Development Volunteers information on naming conventions and header/footer standards. This page also tells you how to FTP files to the BCN server. You can use any tool you are comfortable with to do the site, but please follow the basic standards.
If the client has information in hardcopy only, BCN has volunteers who are willing to enter data for you.
If you're doing a technical assistance project, please refer to If You Read Nothing Else - Technical Assistance below.
What are the Steps for volunteering as a class Teacher & Assistant?
If you are volunteering to teach or assist at a BCN internet orientation:
Note that we have already developed a course outline, a script and handouts for this class.
How to contact other volunteers?
Occassionally, volunteers will need to contact other volunteers with regard to their activities with BCN Volunteer Projects. We expect all such communications among volunteers to follow general netiquette guidelines. Other than email addresses, the BCN Volunteer Coordinator will not share contact information about a volunteer with another volunteer or project client without the express consent of all parties involved. We encourage volunteers to use common sense when communicating with other volunteers -- or ANYONE -- online. We suggest your following this rule: don't reveal anything about yourself online to someone that you would not feel comfortable revealing to a stranger you met on the street.
How do I deal with inappropriate e-mail communications?
If at any point you receive ANY email that you feel is inappropriate, for ANY reason, and you believe you have received it in conjunction with your involvement with a BCN Project, please forward the email and other details about the communication to the BCN Volunteer Coordinator.
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