Family Giving Tree
Since 1990, Family Giving Tree has fulfilled the holiday wishes of children in low-income neighborhoods.
The Elves at Family Giving Tree had applied several times in the past and weren’t chosen. But that didn’t stop them from applying again and again. In 2012, their persistence paid off and we selected them to be part of our fifth Wired. Our selecting them couldn’t have come at a better time for the organization as 2012 was the year they celebrated helping a million children.
The big wins
We were able to gear Family Giving Tree up for their Millionth Child Celebration.
Kick OffThe team gets together and outline everything they want to get done.
Dream BurgersAn icebreaker and team building excercise gets everyone ready for the day.
BrainstormingEveryone breaks into groups and begins coming up with ideas for the Family Giving Tree project.
Starting the WebsiteThe website begins the transformation from idea to code
Meeting our Print Design DeadlineGetting everything designed and printed was a tough challenge but our team handled it well.
Bringing the Pieces TogetherEarly in the morning everything appears to be coming together sucessfully.
Photo SessionThe photobooth keeps morale up in the early morning.
It’s Getting ThereAs coding of the website continues, assets and copy are incorporated.
Wrap UpAs Wired comes to an end, everyone is happy to see all the work produced.
Mission CompleteAnother succesfull year in the books.
Planting the seeds
Despite this being our fifth Wired, each event has its own set of unique challenges. This year was no different. Our print deadlines were very tight so that we could get all the materials back by the next morning. We had to have the brochures, invites and Thank You cards all in by 4 PM while we had to have the posters and stickers in by 5 PM. So we hit the ground running on the print materials, quickly brainstorming ideas among the various teams. What was amazing was that the content writing team and the visual design team both latched onto similar ideas independent of one another. In other words, we were both on the same page from the very start despite brainstorming in different areas of ZURB HQ.
Despite the tight print deadline, the web design team didn’t waste anytime, doing an audit of the old site and sketching out the lo-fi wireframes for the new site. Using Foundation 3, the team was able to whip up the scaffolding on the site, which got us quickly to doing the visual designs once we met our print deadline.
Want to be a part of Wired?
Volunteering means signing up for the full 24 hours, showing up on time, and committing to helping various team members out in a fluid schedule that will test your mettle throughout the day and night (and day again).
The people who have the most rewarding experiences are also the ones who contribute the most. Web, visual and print design skills are best. They are great at their craft, think quick on their feet, likable and motivated to help a non-profit and collaborate with ZURB.
It takes a lot to go 24 hours straight.
Be able to figure out how to do something
Be able to give helpful feedback