My roommate, Annette Drapac, co-founded Project C: Clicking Creates Change last year with an equally talented partner in crime, Tony Guglielmi. Let me begin by saying that in the four years I have known Annette she has never ceased to amaze and inspire me. She is certainly a forced to be reckoned with and I am so happy to be a part of the project this year as they launch into the second year of production. I want to share my enthusiasm surrounding Project C, as well as feature the tremendous amount of work students like Annette and Tony put into projects of passion, with all of you!
Myself [left] and Annette [right] enjoying spring in Athens!
What is Project C?
Project C is a student-run multimedia project that ultimately donates funds to local nonprofit organizations. Students work together to create documentaries chronicling the activities of four local nonprofit organizations. Video documentaries, along with still photos, infographics, and feature articles are then presented on Project C’s website: www.clickingcreateschange.com.
The 2011 edition received the bronze award in the Large Group Multimedia category of the CPOY competition, as well as achieving placement as one of three finalist in the Adobe Design Achievement Awards, in the Browser Based Design category.
My Role in the Project
Primarily, I am working on the public relations team, promoting awareness of the project and community involvement, as well as fundraising efforts. I get to work with a talented team of marketing specialists, public relations students, and designers. Last year I was unable to work for Project C because I was in NYC interning at the Miss Universe Organization. This year I am ready to jump in, working to give back to the Athens community through Project C’s efforts! It has only been a couple of weeks and already I have worked to increase Project C’s Twitter following 13.5 percent, and their Facebook fan base 5.9 percent, as well as secure media placement in five community or student publications in southeast Ohio. And we’re just getting started!
In addition to working in public relations, fundraising, and marketing, I am participating as a content producer. I will write the story to accompany a video documentary and infographic created by a talented team of VisCom and Media Arts students at Ohio University. Our team is featuring the unsung heroes at The Gathering Place, a home that “supports the recovery of persons with mental illness by enhancing personal development and well-being, while fostering community involvement.”
Everyone Can Make a Difference. Learn What You Can Do!
The teams of volunteers at Project C work hard to bring you amazing, meaningful content. They hope to engage and inspire audiences, but everyone can do something to help out the Project!
With the click of a mouse, community members, as well as any other visitors to their site, can vote for their favorite organization. When users vote for an organization they are helping decide how to allocate funds to the featured nonprofits. This year, voting will take place from the time the site launches on Monday, May 28 until Friday, June 1.
Stay Connected with Project C
Join Project C in the social media spheres to keep up with all the latest happenings!
Follow them on Twitter: @ProjectC_
Like Project C on Facebook!
Just by telling your family and friends about Project C you’re making a difference in the Athens community! Project C strives to inform and inspire, and that couldn’t happen without the help of Project C supporters, and the ability each person has to spread the word about Project C’s work, mission, and the nonprofits in Athens, Ohio they are featuring, and hope to raise funds to support.
Whether you can afford $1 or $1000, Project C and the organizations featured this year will be forever grateful!
In 2011, Project C raised $1075 to assist the local nonprofits. This year the fundraising team aims to raise more than $2000. Project C is reaching out to charitable individuals like you for financial support. Online donations can be submitted via IndieGoGo, a digital crowdfunding platform at www.IndieGoGo.com/clickingcreateschange. Online donations must be submitted by Monday, May 14, 2012 at 11:59 PM PT.
Help us give back to the wonderful and unique community that is Athens, Ohio!