Last week, I completed work on the Spokane Valley Partners website. They wanted a redesign of their entire site, a new hosting service, and e-mail set up.
The Old Website
When looking at their old website, it was functional and provided information. What they wanted was something that was more modern and would appeal to both clients (those in need of emergency services) and donors (whether volunteers or endowment).
Goals for the New Website
When redesigning the website, I wanted to accomplish a few things:
Modern: I wanted to make the website to be comparable to other non-profits, and in many cases, excel beyond them.
Informative: They asked me to create a design that wouldn’t be too sales oriented, although they did want a quick way for donors to get in touch with them.
Simple, Informative Design
To make the website look modern, I wanted it to be broken into a simple three part approach: header, body, footer. On other pages, the body includes a sidebar that provides quick information: upcoming events, the newest blog post, and a link to the FAQ.
To make it approachable and informative, I thought of newspapers and how they had separators. With a clearly delineated header and footer, it would be easier to navigate the eyes of the donors and the clients to what they need to visually see: the navigational panel separated by borders, links highlighted in orange, and headers for pockets of information.
Additional Coding Tidbits
WordPress: Provide Spokane Valley Partners with the ability to add and edit their website.
Events widget: For their various fundraisers as well as any volunteer events.
Responsive Code: Their website changes to fit mobile devices as well as laptops and computers.
Accordion: For the About and FAQ page, there is an accordion to make the information easier to read.
Additional Design Tidbits
Photos: I took 2 out of 3 of the photos on the slider
Icons: I designed many of the icons on the services page.
Having become a rotary member in the past year. I had the pleasure of creating this year’s Spokane Valley Rotary Installation Banquet Program.
Not only was I able to participate in the fun banquet and other service events, but the Spokane Valley Rotary also awarded six $1000 scholarship certificates (dedicated to Cindra Shields) to students in Spokane Valley. I am absolutely thrilled to be able to make an impact on the community.
If you liked the short documentary Open Heart about a team of Cardiologists helping 8 Rwandan children receive heart surgery, then you may be interested in this letter from Healing Hearts Northwest sent to press including the Associative Press, Los Angeles Times, and New York Times.
It tells of another Rwanda cardiology story, one of four international teams who visit Rwanda every year and operate on patients suffering from Rheumatic Heart Disease by performing surgery as well as creating a self-sufficient Rwandan cardiology team.
These teams come from Spokane; WA, Boston, MA; Belgium, and Australia who perform surgery on children and parents, saving families each year. They don’t make the families leave Rwanda to go to Sudan for their surgery. They keep them within their own country, their own home, and they’re helping to train and educate the Rwandan staff.
This isn’t a single 50 min. documentary, but a lifelong struggle.
How you can help?
Besides donating time and effort, all you have to do is spread this story. There’s more Rwandan Cardiology than what was presented in Open Heart.
Last Friday, I went to Dodson’s in Spokane and purchased a beautiful painting from Rwandan artist Emmanuel Nkuranga. Not only did I receive a beautiful painting, but I was able to support two non-profits: Healing Hearts Northwest and Rwanda’s Art with a Mission.
After the genocide of 1994, there were very few doctors left in Rwanda. Healing Heart Northwest sends a team of Cardiologists and medical assistants to Kigali, Rwanda to assist in heart surgeries and train Rwanda’s own medical staff.