netCorps is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization founded in 1996 to increase the capacity of environmental, social justice and community-based organizations to organize, advocate, and address social and environmental issues through the application of appropriate communication and information technology, training and assistance.
Since our inception, netCorps has provided technology planning, assistance and support services to hundreds of environmental, social justice and community-based organizations.
Our expertise includes but is not limited to:
Organizational needs assessment
Local area network setup
Software and hardware installation
One-on-one and group training
Database development and maintenance
Purchasing and donation assistance
Fundraising for technology
Basic website development
Advanced, dynamic website systems
Website, email and list hosting
netCorps is a group of individuals passionately dedicated to environmental and social change; putting technology to work for the greater good. We are here to help environmental, social justice and community-based nonprofits develop the tools and power to change the world.
To provide technology resources, training, support, projects and equipment to area nonprofits.
Cheryl Jerozal is amazingly skilled and has contributed greatly to the success of the project and to the successes of our organization. Cheryl has been working on our technology planning and assessment work with area nonprofits, helping them identify their key technology priorities and issues. She has basically revamped our entire assessment process including how groups do their initial data collection and how we report back to groups with our recommendations (including a variety of new “Best Practices” materials). Cheryl has significantly cut the time and effort for both groups and our staff to complete the assessment process while increasing the value of the process. Cheryl has also created and conducted several new trainings that have been well received by area nonprofits– trainings we are now able to replicate to other organizations outside of North Carolina as well.
CTC Support and Assistance
The VISTA will provide assistance in the form of technology assessments, planning and budgeting, computer repair and refurbishing, securing new and used technology hardware and software through donation and/or purchase, assessing the computer skills of each organization’s staff and providing training to fill in the knowledge gaps, establishing computer networks, both wired and wireless, and enabling the sharing of network resources such as printers and files, setting up email accounts for staff, writing best practice computer/network/security policies and procedures for each organization, identifying funding sources for each nonprofit that will enable them to afford their top-priority technology needs, creating and updating websites, and creating new databases and improving on the data collection and reporting of existing ones. The non-technical services that the VISTAs will provide will be equally important: helping techno-phobes and technology novices ease into the daily use of technology by using a non-intimidating vocabulary and non-judgmental computer-side manner.
To date, this project has accomplished much. Aliya has worked with a variety of nonprofit organizations in Greensboro and the surrounding community, offering direct assistance with technology training, implementation and support. She has coordinated a number of trainings and outreach events, exposing a significant population of nonprofits to this project. She has made connections with other community organizations and foundations, helping to lay the groundwork for making this project a more permanent part of the nonprofit landscape in Greensboro.
Our VISTA experience, a very positive one to date, is helping our organization in a number of ways. Aliya’s placement in Greensboro is allowing us to work with organizations we would not be able to serve otherwise. She is exploring and implementing new strategies that others in our organization can now also use in their own work. She is helping to identify other community resources to take the project beyond its original scope, making sure that the organizations served will continue to benefit long after this project ends.