Epic Intentions Sets Projects for Spring 2020
At the end of last semester, Epic Intentions hosted its Final Showcase, where students displayed the seven projects they’d worked on throughout the fall. Epic Intentions is a group of Georgia Tech volunteers who do pro bono work for nonprofits, social enterprises, and civic-minded entrepreneurs throughout Atlanta.
The group’s work includes making marketing videos, coding databases, and developing strategic plans for clients. Each semester, members of Epic Intentions are placed into teams of 4-7 students with one team lead, and each team is assigned to one of the semester’s projects.
“Many nonprofits don’t have the resources to tackle all the projects they would like, to take their organization to the next level,” said Amanda McWaters, president of Epic Intentions and a business administration major. “We have so many talented people across many disciplines at Georgia Tech that we can take on most projects brought to us by our nonprofit partners.”
For one of their projects this semester, Epic Intentions developed a membership portal for Urban Perform, which makes exercise accessible and affordable in the Atlanta neighborhoods of English Avenue, Vine City, and Washington Park. The portal makes it easier for members to sign up for and confirm their attendance at classes. Because of this, Urban Perform will be able to better track membership trends and communicate to national and local investors the impact they have on their community.
Epic Intentions also worked with such nonprofits as the no-kill animal shelter Furkids and The Scholarship Academy, which helps low income, first generation college students navigate the ins and outs of financial aid.
The group recently finalized its list of projects for this semester. They include:
- Creating strategy plans for Chattahoochee Riverkeeper and the Center for Sustainable Communities.
- Developing a website and logo for a new dog rescue organization, Stand Up Pups.
- Producing videos for the East Decatur Greenway and Raksha, an organization that helps South Asian victims of violence.
- Improving an online tool that helps land developers at the Partnership for Southern Equity promote racial equity as metro Atlanta continues to grow.
- Developing a fleet management system for the vehicles used by the Partnership Against Domestic Violence.
Each team will start developing its next project by creating a project charter. They will hold work-a-thons throughout the semester to provide a concentrated time for all of the teams to get closer to their end goals.
Epic Intentions will also host an Update Showcase on March 12, where the public is welcome to meet each team and view their progress before the Final Showcase on April 15.
“It is the most special thing to hear from the nonprofits about how much a single project will affect their organization,” McWaters said.
Epic Intentions is accepting applications for team members for this semester through Jan. 14. The application page includes in-depth descriptions of all of the spring projects. Learn more about Epic Intentions at epicintentionsorg.wordpress.com.