GiveCamp gives big to Cooper-Young Garden Club

A huge round of applause to GiveCamp Memphis for the amazing help they provided to our Cooper-Young Garden Club, Garden Walk, and Arboretum project. Their unselfish generosity of time, talent, and hosting costs have taken our group to a whole new professional level.

GiveCamp Memphis is a once-a-year charity technology marathon that seeks to help nonprofits solve problems through technology, marketing strategies, and graphic design. Imagine a room full of about 40 designers, developers, database administrators, and web page designers willing to provide their expertise and talent. And doing it all for free.

The weekend started February 17th at 5 p.m. with dinner and a chance for everyone to meet and greet. Then each non-profit — eight, in this case — have five minutes to tell a compelling story about what technology, design, or marketing needs they have. Afterwards, willing volunteers meet with each nonprofit to map out how they can help. It’s a dream come true for struggling nonprofits with little to no technology budget.

After hearing the garden club’s wish list, George Spake, Beth Sanders, Brian Lee, Rod Thornton, Sean Denny, and Will Kalish set to work. First they designed got the most gorgeous website using WordPress, Divi and Gravity forms. They showed us how to use Mail Chimp to organize and strategize our ever-growing contacts lists. Denny turned our static garden walk to-do list into a collaborative checkable list using Trello. Spake and Kalish helped take our arboretum map and data and create our very own Cooper-Young Arboretum app. Thornton drew us a beautiful logo that we hope to use for our garden walk, and Kalish created a possible logo for our garden club. All of this happened at the University of Memphis Fed Ex Institute fo Technology in a 36-hour creativity boot camp.

To see their work, check out the new website There you can stay up with garden club events, buy garden walk tickets, and submit your “creative container” photo for a chance to win prizes. Check out to read more about this amazing group and please consider patronizing their sponsoring organizations whose contributions make our community stronger.

Author: LampLighter

The voice of Cooper-Young, a vibrant, diverse neighborhood to live, work and play, in the heart of Midtown Memphis, Tennessee.

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