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During the week of September 14-21 we are asking people all over the world to step up and make a difference in their local communities by using the beauty of the Web.
We want people to come forward and volunteer their time, to seek out opportunities to do good in their communities, and make a real difference to people’s live with technology. We’re looking for people who want to share, give, engage, create, and collaborate by offering their time and talent to local public benefit organizations, non-profits and people who need their help —
i) you could be a coder, or do testing, localize, or you might know networks etc
ii) you know how to use the Web, and are Web savvy
Here are some ways you could help:
* Help a full time working Mum learn how to buy groceries online when her kids are sleeping
* Connect with your local community centre and offer to build a website, or a calender of events
* Reach out to a local library and offer to write a tutorial on how to use the Web
* Design a twitter background image for an NGO
* Go to your local school and volunteer to help set up wi-fi network
* Refurbish an old laptop and donate it to a senior citizens retirement home
* Call a family meeting and explain to everyone why the Web is important
* …. the lists are really endless.
Everyone should have the opportunity to know how to use the Internet, have easy access to it, and have a good experience when they’re online. As you know, Mozilla as a public benefit organization has a firm mission to make the Web better for everybody. In fact, the Mozilla community already has an incredible track record of doing amazing things. So we know, that however big all small people’s action are — they will make a serious difference.
We’ve so far launched mozillaservice.org in English, however, over the coming weeks with the help of the Mozilla community, Mozilla Service Week will be available in many languages and with additional partners.
So what should you do next?
Giving and creating are so much of open source life, we are very proud to bring those skills, the energy, and the caring nature of people into the lives of as many people as possible.
Please get involved with Mozilla Service Week – Everyone can help build a better internet.
Go to mozillaservice.org
Add Mozilla Service Week Twitter
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Mozilla Service Week so far has been made possible by scores of people – Mary Colvig, Austin King, Stephen Donner, Krupa Raj, Jeremy Orem, and Peter Deitz. There are many, many more people Austin has mentioned on his blog as well.
NB: We are building Mozilla Service Week out in the open with the help of many volunteers – there will be many more people to thank over the coming weeks.
a few weeks ago my colleague Mary gave a short announcement about Mozilla’s plans to organize a Technology Volunteer Week. This wasn’t about for the Mozilla Project, in terms of coding or localizing Mozilla projects – but about encouraging folks out there to do acts of real life .
The Mozilla Service Week – will bring together the Mozilla, and many others who deeply care about technology to make a real difference in their community with the help of the Web. This could be something as small as helping your grandma get online, (which is actually, I’m sure a very big deal for you, your grandma and your !), to organizing a group effort to collect used hardware for your local community centre.
Every action will help, and make a difference to someone’s world.
Since we first told you about Mozilla Service Week, we’ve made great progress. 17 different Mozilla communities around the world have come forward to help us build Mozilla Service Week in their local language over the coming weeks (please let me know if you would also like to help). And, we nearly have thesite ready to go. Just a few more tweaks, and then we’ll be ready to share this with you. The week of service itself will now take place in September, but there’s plenty to do together before then to make sure this is a brilliant volunteering week.
We’ll soon have more news for you very soon… please stay tuned!