This semester, my team was tasked with creating a CRM (Client Relationship Management) database for Hoosier Interfaith Power and Light (HIPL). Hoosier Interfaith Power and Light uses faith as an avenue to educate and encourage people to reduce the carbon footprints of their homes and places of worship.
Upon receiving the semester’s deliverables, my team did an audit of HIPL’s current website concluded that they could benefit from our expertise in areas other than the implementation of a CRM system. Consequently, we tacked a website redesign onto the semester’s to-do list.
As our project unfolded, we decided to migrate HIPL’s website from WordPress to Drupal, where we would create a custom theme and utilize CiviCRM, an open source CRM module that provides all functionality requested by HIPL.
Aside from redesigning the website and implementing a CRM system, we are using our volunteer hours to complete the following tasks for HIPL: Develop a solution for online office collaboration, organize resources and create a training for HIPL staff members regarding the effective use of social media, create content about “Greening for Renters” for use on HIPL’s new website, locate individuals, congregations and organization that would be interested in joining HIPL’s cause, and locating potential sources of funds and support for HIPL and it’s cause.
I speak on behalf of my team when I say that ServeIT has been a very fulfilling experience this semester. It’s always great to work with individuals who are so passionate about their projects. I’m grateful for my experience thus far, and look forward to continuing my work with the ServeIT Clinic next year.