On Wednesday, March 24, The Geek Foundation is participating in Give Ozarks Day: Rally for Recovery event, an online giving day event from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m! Along with more than 150 Ozarks nonprofit agencies, The Geek Foundation is participating as part of our region’s recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.
After the success of our first adult IT and web development workforce development training classes held during the pandemic in 2020 (60% of graduates found jobs within two months of graduation), The Geek Foundation is raising $20,000 to expand our classes to give access to rural areas like Aurora, Monett, El Dorado Springs, and Hermann.
By partnering with the Drew Lewis Foundation’s rural RISE program, The Geek Foundation will offer our Full-Stack Web Development class via virtual education to partnered rural communities. Rural community members could greatly benefit from these educational opportunities that lead to high-paying, remote careers that provide workforce and economic development opportunities in a career field that is growing at a faster rate than ever.
The Need for Tech Development:
- According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, ¼ million new software development jobs will be added between 2018 - 2028
- 95% of the tech workforce is caucasian
- ¾ of STEM CEO’s say they can’t find tech talent
- 71% of new STEM jobs are in computing
You can support our effort to fund the tuition of students who will diversify the tech industry by making a secure donation at https://causemomentum.org/projects/code-your-way-to-a-better-future anytime from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on March 24. For each unique donor during each hour, we will have a chance to win one of the $5,000 hourly prizes throughout the day.
All gifts are tax-deductible to the fullest extent allowed by the IRS. We welcome gifts of any amount, starting at $5.
The Geek Foundation is an agency partner with the Community Foundation of the Ozarks, which is hosting Give Ozarks Day along with presenting sponsor Bass Pro Shops. Additional sponsors include: Burrell Behavioral Health; Central Bank and Central Trust Co.; the Louis L. and Julia Dorothy Coover Charitable Foundation managed by Commerce Trust; the Darr Family Foundation; Great Southern Bank; Guaranty Bank; the Hatch Foundation; Legacy Bank; Ollis/Akers/Arney; and SFC Bank. KY3/KSPR and Springfield Business Journal are the media sponsors for the event.
Please follow our efforts and help share our story on social media and use the hashtag #GiveOzarks to share your support during the day.