Website Construction (CMS-Based)

Posted by
Barbara D.

Vice President of Advancement

Posted Date
May 10, 2019
Virtual volunteer opportunity
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Website Construction (CMS-Based)
Impact statement
This project will save us $16,822 , allowing us to work to increase the number of foster parents we can recruit. There are many more children in need of loving homes than there are foster families so this savings would enable us to recruit more.

Project Details

What We Need
  • Development of a new website using a Content Management System (CMS)
  • Training to ensure Organization's staff members can update content and manage the site post-launch
  • Note: This project is for a website built with a Content Management System (CMS), such as Wordpress, Squarespace, Joomla, or Drupal. A CMS-based website can be maintained and updated easily (no coding required!)
Additional Details

We have a robust website which we are in the process of reorganizing. However, we also need the CMS converted from Expression Engine to Word Press. I have spent years using Word Press and find Expression Engine way too difficult. Although we have to spend the money to reorg the website, we do not have the money to do the CMS conversion to Word Press.

What We Have In Place
  • We currently have a solid website, which should make it easy for you to get started. We also have knowledge with Word Press, and the ability to provide any other information you need.
How This Will Help

In order to be able to recruit foster parents for the children and teens in foster care in MA and CT, we need website content that is fresh and updated. We know the critical role our foster parents play in the lives of those we serve. We do not have a IT director or marketing person so as the full time development professional, my job is to raise funds and also do all the marketing. I need the ease of us and speed that Word Press would allow me to get the job done.

Project may require a short interview with the organization.

Project Plan

Prep: Share Information
  • Volunteer Manager provides Professional with an outline of the Organization’s needs and goals for the new website, which should include any specific features that are required (e.g., contact forms, mobile responsive design, member sign in, etc.)
  • Volunteer Manager provides approved content and images to be used for the new website (e.g., About Us copy, Mission Statement, staff bios and images, etc.)
  • Volunteer Manager provides Professional with links to any existing online presence that the Organization has (e.g., social media, blog, existing website, etc.)
  • Volunteer Manager registers Organization's domain name with a web host, if necessary
Milestone 1: Kick-off Discussion
  • Volunteer Manager and Professional connect to discuss the timeline and scope of the website project, including: the number of pages or sections for the new website, specific features and plugins requires, look and feel for the website (themes), target date for initial review, target date for website launch
  • Professional reviews information provided and makes recommendations for which CMS application to use
  • Volunteer Manager signs up for the selected CMS application, and provides Professional with credentials to create the website
Milestone 2: Build and Review
  • Professional uses the materials provided and agreed upon timeline to build the website
  • Volunteer Manager reviews the in-progress website and provides feedback
  • Professional completes any required functional QA
Milestone 3: Website Launch
  • Professional provides final website for approval to launch
  • Volunteer Manager approves the website for launch, or requests approval from any stakeholders
  • Professional launches the site on Organization's domain name
  • Professional troubleshoots any issues that may arise immediately after launch
  • Professional instructs the Volunteer Manager on how to update content and maintain the website going forward
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About The Org

Our Mission

HopeWell seeks to enrich the lives and expand the opportunities of vulnerable individuals and families in need of love, support and safe places to grow and thrive.

What We Do

HopeWell began by creating the first community-based residential program for boys and launched our Intensive Foster Care Program (IFC) in 1975 which serves the most difficult to place children in a family-based setting. Our IFC program services approximately 1,000 children and adolescents annually. In the early 1980's, family support and stabilization services were added to enable us to partner with intact families involved with the Department of Children and Families (DCF) to avoid out of home placements. We also provide a residential program for pregnant and parenting teen mothers; all of whom are in the custody of DCF. We provide the necessary supports for young women to complete their education and to develop independence as a parent and wage earner. We also provide residential services for 30 adults with developmental disabilities. Recently, we launched My First Place which supports 35 former foster youth each year by providing them with stable housing as well as education and employment services.

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