How to Participate in Mozilla Service Week

Two Methods:Helping OthersHelping Mozilla

There are many ways to volunteer, like teaching, fundraising, running a booth, cooking, and cleaning litter boxes. But if you have tech skills, you can use those to help others as well. One of the benefits of volunteering your tech skills is that you can often help people and organizations around the world without ever leaving your desk. Moreover, during Mozilla Service Week (September 14-21, 2009), you can count your efforts with those of other volunteers and see how much tech skills can really change the world.



Method 1
Helping Others

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    Find a volunteer opportunity. If you're not sure how you can help, search for opportunities on any of Mozilla's partner sites. You might find a local opportunity, or you could also find a way to help across the miles by simply helping out with a tutorial or offering advice. Here are some additional ideas:
    • Teach senior citizens how to use the web.
    • Show a non-profit how to use social networking to grow its base of supporters.
    • Help install a wireless network at a school.
    • Create web tutorials for a library's computer cluster.
    • Refurbish hardware for a local computer center.
    • Update a non-profit organization's website.
    • Teach the values of the open Web to other public benefit organizations.
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    Start a pledge.
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    Register your project so your donated hours count towards the Mozilla Service Week grand total.

=== Getting Help ===

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For Organizations

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    Find volunteers who can help. Through Idealist, you can register your organization and describe the technical help you are looking for.
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    Once you've identified the project you'd like help with, register your need.

For Individuals

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    Ask someone who's tech savvy if they'd be willing to join Mozilla Service Week efforts by helping you. You could also visit Idealist and search to see if there are any volunteers in your area who might be able to help.
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    Register your project so your volunteer's donated hours count towards the Mozilla Service Week grand total.

Method 2
Helping Mozilla

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    Tell a friend about Mozilla Service Week. Send an email to friends and acquaintances telling them about Mozilla Service Week.
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    Get the word out by posting news, video or pictures on your blog, Twitter or Identi.Ca, and video and photo sites. Tag your posts with "mozservice09" so they're easy to find.
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    Download site badges, banners, and buttons to add to your blog, your social network profile, or your email signature.
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    Download a Mozilla Service Week flyer. Print it out and post at work, at school, or at your community center. Choose the format right for you:
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    Share your story of what you're planning to do for Mozilla Service Week on your favorite social networking site.
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    Challenge your friends to join your efforts on PledgeBank.
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    Promote your participation in the Mozilla Service Week with a customized Persona, a skin for Firefox.
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    Read the Blog. Stay up-to-date on the latest news and pledge ideas as Mozilla Service Week gets closer.
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    Translate Mozilla Service week into another language.

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