Great article in today's Philadelphia Inquirer entitled "Doing their part to help the arts". In it, Karen Davis, the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce Arts and Business Council President says of the Technology Connector program "There has been a tremendous need for technical assistance among arts and nonprofits." and goes on to say that the work the volunteers do creates "...a tremendous ripple effect.".
I can whole-heartedly endorse all the goodness expounded in this article, as I am an active volunteer with the Technology Connector program, and a recipient of the 2005 Volunteer of the Year Award.
For IT people in the Philadelphia region, I cannot imagine a more rewarding way of getting involved in the arts community, while building lasting business and personal relationships, and gaining invaluable technical and business experience and skills. It is a wonderful program that is one of those rare WIN-WIN-WIN scenarios for all involved.
For IT people who desire an enormously fulfilling way to apply their highly valuable, sought-after skills, outside the traditional 9-to-5 grind, the Arts and Business Council is a fantastic vehicle.