WDS Holiday Charity Competition!


With the holidays fast approaching, our team at WebDevStudios wanted to do something special that got everyone on our team into the holiday spirit, and into the spirit of giving! Each of our teams at WDS has chosen a charity that they cared about and have put their own creative twist on their charitable efforts by turning it into a competition, of sorts, between teams.  Instead of WDS donating to one charity as a whole, we’ve made it into a competition between the three teams that make up our amazing group. As for the team that raises the most money? WebDevStudios is contributing $1000.00 to the winning team’s charity!

We have “The A-Team” which consists of — Jaimie Olmstead, Ben Lobaugh, Greg Rickaby, Camden Segal, Damon Cook, Dustin Filippini, Ryan Fugate, Simon Urbina, Chris Reynolds, Michael Beckwith, and Melissa Hoppe.

This team has chosen the Freedom Projectz to gather donations for.

Freedom Projectz is a charity focused on Ugandan youth. It’s devoted to empowering orphaned students to become leaders in their country through higher education, vocational training, and community service. Their goal is to help the students become self-sustaining within five years and break the cycle of poverty through using their professional careers to help others.

      Hope. Empower. Sustain.

a3414e9b-7efd-49a2-b682-88dce8ee24d2_profileThe organization has a special place in the A-team’s heart. Developer lead, Ben Lobaugh has spent many of his own hours helping this cause. With your donations, we hope to be able to provide these youth with more opportunities specifically to explore and experience technology.


Next up is “Scream Team” which consists of — Cristina Cannon, Justin Sternberg, Corey Collins, Jay Wood, Marcus Battle, Brad Parbs, Will Schmierer, Suzette Franck, Matt McAchran, Nate Schaumburg, and April Williams.

This team chose the CodeStarter organization to gather donations for.

There are many children across the country that want to learn to code, but do not have the proper tools to do so. is an awesome non-profit that uses your donations to give free computers to children enrolled in programming classes with one of their partner organizations.

It all starts with a computer.

At Codestarter, they strive to ensure that every child 99e421a1-a7fc-48eb-a0f5-70ccebe65475_profilehas the opportunity to learn how to code. WebDevStudios also believes that it starts with having a computer to do so. We hope to raise money to help the Codestarter cause and get more kids involved in the coding and WordPress community.


And last, but certainly not least; we have “Team Maintainn” which consists of — Shayne Sanderson, Patrick Garman, George Mamadashvili, and Rami Abraham.

They have chosen the Electronic Frontier Foundation to gather donations for.

Founded in 1990, EFF champions user privacy, free expression, and innovation through impact litigation, policy analysis, grassroots activism, and technology development. We work to ensure that rights and freedoms are enhanced and protected as our use of technology grows.

Defending your rights in the digital world.

eff-logo-plain-black-300Team Maintainn chose the EFF as their charity because of its’ impact in twenty-first century life. One of its’ primary goals – that of maintaining net neutrality – affects every other charity as well; where smaller voices on the Internet are silenced by the Draconian Internet traffic policy, they’d suffer as well.


Although this is a competition between the teams; the end goal is simple — to contribute to these three great causes that we at WebDevStudios are passionate about. We are finishing up the donations on December 24th, 2014 at 12:00 PM EST.

Please spread the word on social media and donate to one or all three of the causes — every little bit helps!


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