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Volunteer Opportunities – September 2012

  • We’re getting close to renting a space so we really need to find a treasurer. PLEASE contact us if you are interested or know someone who might be.
  • There are numerous services (Amazon, Eventbrite, PayPal, Amazon, WePay and others) that make it easy to collect online donations. We need someone to research them and choose one for us. We also need someone with WordPress or web experience to put a donation button on our web site. There are numerous WordPress plugins to chose from.
  • We need someone to find and install better software for our Wiki. WikiMedia is widely used but it’s very difficult to learn and use because it doesn’t have a WYSIWYG editor. And the WordPress plug-in we’re using now is buggy and it’s not being actively supported by its developer. There are WYSIWYG plugins available for MediaWiki and there are many other free Wiki programs we can chose from. We need someone to pick a good one and set it up and test it for us.

Keep checking if you don’t see something here that you want to help with. We’ll be regularly updating this post.

2 comments to Volunteer Opportunities – September 2012

  • Jon Schnapp
    September 21, 2012 at 9:03 pm | Reply

    I found this site comparing donation services:

    http://sumac.com/weighing-your-options-for-processing-credit-card-payments-online

    I think paypal would be the way to go since it’s the most commonly used out of the bunch. I could probably set this up fairly easily…

  • Rob
    September 21, 2012 at 10:33 pm | Reply

    Good link.

    Apparently, there can be some problems using PayPal to collect donations. See this link:

    http://www.theatlanticwire.com/technology/2011/12/paypal-makes-it-hard-possible-donate-money/45809/

    Also keep in mind that our corporation hasn’t been formed yet so we don’t have a bank account.

    It’s my fault because I want to talk to a CPA before giving our lawyer the go ahead. Once we do that it will only take four days.

    I thought I would have talked to one by now but the CPA who was recommended to us is extremely busy so I’d like to find someone else.

    I’d also like to review our mission statement one more time. And sorry, but I also think we should discuss whether we want to use “Maker Space” or “Makerspace” in our name. Only four of us made the original decision and I no longer feel that “Maker Space” is better because of search engine optimization.

    Both are used by other spaces, but the usage of Makerspace has become much more common.

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