Design & development marathon helping 18 local non-profits in Roanoke-Blacksburg community

"Make A Mark" brings together more than 50 creative & tech professionals

BLACKSBURG, Va. - Some non-profit groups have newly designed websites, apps, and other resources to help promote their causes.

Volunteers with the "Make A Mark" design & development marathon teamed up Saturday afternoon to make a difference in 12 hours.

"Make a Mark is 12 hour design and development benefiting non-profits in the Roanoke-Blacksburg community," said Sarah Obenauer, director of the "Mark A Mark" design and development marathon.  

54 different local web developers, illustrators, videographers, and other creatives  divided up into teams to make new websites, mobile applications, logos and other marketing materials for 18 different local non-profits.

"We build our teams based on the needs of the non-profits and what the skills are of these makers," said Obenauer.

Obenauer says "Make a Mark"  bridges the gap between non-profits who don't have resources for marketing with creative and technical professionals like Colin Lord and Steph Loughran who want to give back to their communities.

"When you're working for a non-profit in a day. You just got home feeling good about yourself and I'm losing a day of my weekend but it's for a really good cause and they'll use the site that we built for a couple of years," said Colin Lord, a front-end web developer.

"What attracted me to Make a Mark was not only the feel good aspect of it but I really wanted to meet other people that do things similar things that I do," said Steph Loughran, a designer.  

"For us as a maker community its such a great chance to for us to work with one another and learn from each other," said Obenauer 

While at the same time supporting non-profits that help thousands of people across the valley.

Feeding America Southwest Virginia, Arch, and The Rescue Mission are some of the non-profits that were given a digital refresh.

 


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