ellohay! West Michigan


Posted in portal, public face, website by forgr on January 11, 2009

We mocked up a version of the front page of the future ellohay.org website, I’ve posted it here, and to the live site as well. Some of the questions we asked ourselves, and aimed to answer as we sketched:


Who is the site for?
What is ellohay! West Michigan?
Why should I care?
How do I get involved with the organization?
Does this person have all the information he needs to take the next step?
What does she need as a potential new client?
Where does she go as a new client?
How does a guardian, a teacher, a mentor use the site?
What will an established client need?
Will a potential donor have all the information he needs to take the next step?
Would I want to come back to the site?

What do you think? Did our first attempt come close? What’s missing?

The next step will be to create an updated version with your feedback, layout an internal page (like an “about” page, or a “program” page) to see how the navigation plays out, and if the page structure makes sense.

Types of volunteers needed, draft

So if we do something like this, we’re going to need help, we’re going to need smart people. Right?

Example of people

Photo from flickr-user mayhem, for use under creative commons license

Board of directors
Executive director
Advisors, multilingual

Website owners, multilingual
Web portal owners, multilingual
Email newsletter designer and manager, multilingual
Email list owner

New membership team, multilingual
Member management
Member tracking, follow up
Receptionist, multilingual

Community outreach, multilingual
Volunteer coordinators, multilingual
Public relations, program awareness and evangelist, multilingual

Floor managers, multilingual
Workshop teachers, multilingual
One-on-one mentors, multilingual

Workshop schedule owner (participating organizations)
Reciprocal organizations resource list owner and evangelist
Calendar owner
Events coordinator

Hardware manager
Hardware gleaners
Hardware sorters
Hardware cleaners/installers
Software gleaners
Open source program gurus
Tech accessory managers

Writers and content creators
Printed material creators
Printed material distributors
Printed material organizers

Tech support teams
Wifi/WiMax gurus

Fund raisers
Grant writers

Corporate environment navigators (for equipment)
Financial planners

Facility managers
Maintenance personnel

Who else would we need help from in a project like this? Help me out here…