Force for Good: Making good progress midway



 

Force for Good, the social innovation program run by Technology for Social Good, is providing non-profits with technology solutions to their challenges while giving JPMorgan Chase technology employees a meaningful learning experience.


 

 

(Aug. 08, 2013)

Since April, JPMorgan Chase technology employees around the world have been participating in Force for Good, a social innovation program run by the firm's Technology for Social Good team.


Force for Good challenges teams of employees to develop innovative technology solutions to real-world problems faced by non-profits. About 380 employees, ranging from Technology Analyst Development Program (TADP) analysts to executive directors, are working in 40 teams globally to create social value for their non-profit and social good partners.


Madhuri, Austin, Max, Karl, and Melany, members of The Force team, gather in New York.
Madhuri, Austin, Max, Karl, and Melany, members of The Force team, gather in New York.
 


The Young Voices team from Glasgow celebrates their successful midpoint demonstration.
The Young Voices team from Glasgow celebrates their successful midpoint demonstration.
 


Six of those teams, representing Sydney, Hong Kong, Glasgow, Columbus, Tampa and New York, gave progress reports of their projects in a virtual midpoint demonstration on June 27. Working with their non-profit partners, these teams are in the midst of a full project lifecycle; they have developed project plans, outlined requirements and built wireframes for their projects, which range from mobile applications to web-based platforms. The projects are expected to be completed in September, and will help the non-profits increase efficiency, engage volunteers, and facilitate their respective missions.


While Force for Good provides the non-profits with technical skills and resources normally unavailable to them, the program offers JPMorgan Chase technology employees a meaningful personal and professional learning experience that lets them see the direct social value of their work.


"We've been largely rewarded by the value we've been able to provide through our efforts," said Melany Weissinger, an analyst on The Force, one of six teams that participated in the midpoint demonstration. "We're grateful for the chance this program has given us to contribute back to society and the greater good."


The Momentum CSB team together at the Rusty Bucket in Columbus, OH.
The Momentum CSB team together at the "Rusty Bucket" in Columbus, OH.
 


The Cookie Chasers team in Tampa, FL trying out the proclaimed best strawberry milkshakes in the country.
The Cookie Chasers team in Tampa, FL trying out the proclaimed best strawberry milkshakes in the country.
 


The Force is supporting the efforts of Operation Homefront and JPMorgan Chase's Veterans Affairs group to provide veterans with homes. The team is working to improve, streamline and automate the manual process of tracking progress and matching veterans and homes with an interactive SharePoint platform.


"The value of this tool to our Homes on the Homefront program will be tremendous," said Paula Pettibone, Director of Homes on the Homefront for Operation Homefront. "The joint SharePoint project is going to allow for a more fluid exchange of information regarding the properties between Operation Homefront and Chase. Our entire team is extremely excited for the launch of this amazing communication tool, which will lead to a much more efficient process and an easier move-in process for our military families that are awarded mortgage-free homes courtesy of Chase."


The six teams that participated in the virtual midpoint demonstrations are as follows:

United Way Australia logo Morgan United: Employees from Sydney and Hong Kong make up the Morgan United team, which is helping United Way of Australia generate support for ReadLeadSucceed, a program that engage parents to read more often to their children. Morgan United has built an integrated registration screen to make signing up for the program easier, and is working on building out a front-end dashboard website that directly displays the program's statistics.
Operation Home front logo The Force: The Force is a New York-based team of seven employees supporting the efforts of Operation Homefront and JPMorgan Chase's Veteran Affairs group to provide veterans with homes. The team is working to improve, streamline and automate the manual process of tracking progress and matching veterans and homes with an interactive SharePoint platform.
Community Shelter Board logo Momentum CSB: The Momentum CSB team in Columbus, Ohio, has paired up with Community Shelter Board, one of the state's leading homeless service providers, to develop a mobile application that will track client and volunteer information, improve data collection and communications between outreach volunteers, and connect users to nearby volunteer sites through a Google Maps function.
Girl Scouts logo Cookie Chasers: Cookie Chasers, a Tampa-based team, is working with the Girl Scouts of West Central Florida to develop a full-service mobile application to enhance interaction and communication within troops and to increase access to resources. The app will allow troopers to remain connected, even when not in cell phone service areas.
F.A.R.E logo Young Voices: The Young Voices team of Glasgow, UK, has partnered with FARE, a local non-profit that engages youth and families in positive activities to improve their quality of life. The team is digitizing the non-profit's magazine, Young Voices, to encourage real-time discussion and engage more young people. Maintained by FARE volunteers, the digital magazine will cut the costs of printing the paper version.
Resilience Advocacy logo Leap for Good: The Leap for Good team, based in New York City, is partnering with Resilience Advocacy Project, a local non-profit working to empower youth in low-income communities to be their own advocates for change. Leveraging social media, the team is developing a mobile application to engage youth in solving community problems. The app will enable users to post problems, propose actions, and track progress. It will also connect teens across communities through public "About Me" profiles, providing a forum for discussion about various issues.