For those unfamiliar with WordCamp, it is a grassroots gathering, formal or informal, of WordPress fans. It can happen anywhere and in many formats, all focused on WordPress fans getting together to talk about WordPress and their online world.
For those familiar with the WordCamp experience, you will not be surprised at my announcement. For those who haven’t had the joy of a WordCamp, you are about to learn how magical that experience is.
WordCamp Portland is donating USD $750 to WordCamp Seattle to help them with their event.
That’s right. One WordCamp is helping another overcoming problems with finding sponsors and funding for their event. That’s love, folks. Pure WordPress love, and an example of the overwhelming support of WordPress fans for their community.
On Monday, just a few hours after WordCamp Portland completed a very successful two day, sold out event in Portland, Oregon, WordCamp Seattle found out that negotiations with food services had gone astray. Five days before their event, 250 people attending the event were going to be without the promised lunch and snacks.
Seeing a chance to help, several volunteers on the WordCamp Portland team swung into action. Tweets went out around the world, with retweets following one after another as it spread out to the WordPress Community and the Seattle food blogging community. Led by DeBorah Beatty, the requests for food, drinks, and snacks spread like wildfire, with people eager to contact their “lists” via Twitter, email, and their blogs.
Worried about their sister city in the Pacific Northwest, WordCamp Portland organizers decided they now had a purpose for the extra money left over for their very successful event. They had talked about saving it as seed money for next year’s event, but when the call came out that Seattle was in need, they knew it would be the right thing to do: Give to the WordPress Community in Seattle.
That’s the magic of the WordPress Community at work.
Your Help Needed for WordCamps Everywhere
WordCamp Seattle continues to need help with food, drinks, and snacks. This generous donation is a fantastic step to help feed 250 WordPress enthusiasts this weekend, along with the many volunteers it takes to run such a huge event, but more is needed. Your help is needed for money, food, non-alcoholic drinks, and other event support. Contact @DeBorah Beatty and @JoshH to help them out.
Help is not just needed for WordCamp Seattle. The organizers of the Seattle event have been so stunned and grateful for the donation from WordCamp Portland, they have offered to give any money left from their event to another WordCamp, starting an amazing interaction between WordCamps beyond their community. It’s the WordCamp Wave!
WordCamps are non-profit and non-commercial events. They are social gatherings and educational opportunities to learn from each other on how we use WordPress. Some communities can support huge events with big sponsors, while others are content meeting in a park or community center with no sponsorship. Our hope is that WordPress will help us create a fund that will help sponsor WordCamp events and attendees around the world. It’s early days, but your help is needed to help others in the WordPress Community.
Thanks to all who give so much to the WordPress Community! And especially to WordCamp Portland for their generosity. You continue to set an example for everyone to follow!
Copyright Lorelle VanFossen, member of the 9Rules Network, and author of Blogging Tips, What Bloggers Won't Tell You About Blogging.