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CareerDFW and Dallas GiveCamp

October 2012 - CareerDFW has been selected by the Dallas GiveCamp to be one of 15 charities to get assistance in a website makeover.

 From the Dallas GiveCamp website:

What is GiveCamp?

GiveCamp is a weekend-long event where software developers, designers, database administrators and project managers donate their time to create custom software for non-profit organizations. This custom software could be a new website for the nonprofit organization, a small data-collection application to keep track of members, or a application for the Red Cross that automatically emails a blood donor three months after they’ve donated blood to remind them that they are now eligible to donate again. The only limitation is that the project should be scoped to be able to be completed in a weekend.

The first Dallas GiveCamp was in early 2011. The original idea was to hold one event a year. Using feedback from the last event we have decided to have two events this year. This allows us to move GiveCamp away from the holidays.

In January 2012·Dallas GiveCampers gave more than 2,000 hours to charity, 1,000+ drinks were drank, 500 pieces of pizza eaten and 13 charities were helped.

Why participate in GiveCamp?
As a software developer we have special skills that we have spent years perfecting, additionally as a member of the Dallas/Ft. Worth community we have a responsibility to help our neighbors. Why not combine our passion for building great software with the overwhelming need of non-profit organizations in our neighborhoods for this software. Oh yea and it is a heck of a great time.

The CareerDFW team consist of programmers, developers and an artist. Five us met on October 10, 2012 to talk about the website, become familiar with the site and talk about what they thought a great website should look like. Here are a few pictures from the event.


L to R, Brian Sullivan, Wilma Howell and Jeff Morris


L to R, Debi Terry, Tim Proffitt                                                           Shawn Weisfeld, organizer of the Dallas Give Camp


L to R, Wilma Howell, Tim Proffitt, Jeff Morris, Debi Terry

In between the above event and the big weekend October 2628, the CareerDFW team had a webinar to work on our plans before the big weekend. 

The Big Weekend - The weekend of October 26-28, five volunteers spent a long weekend giving you what you see now. Friday from 6pm to 11pm, Saturday from 8am to 9pm and Sunday from 8am to 4pm the team assisted in my vision on the websites. Over 122 labor hours was donated to CareerDFW and Many thanks to the volunteers: Wilma Howell, Cory Roese, Frank Fazzio, Debi Terry and Steve Hess.

Dallas GiveCamp 2012b 
Pictured L to R, Jeff Morris (Founder of CareerDFW), Debi Terry (Graphic Artist), Frank Fazzio (Programmer), Wilma Howell (Programmer), Cory Roese (Programmer). Not shown Steve Hess (Programmer).

Sponsors of the The Dallas GiveCamp 2012 were Paladin Staffing, Slalon Consulting, Ctrec Hilton IT Academy, Pariveda Solutions, Telerik, Matrix, and several others.

105 developers, designers and programmers spent an estimated 5000 hours helping 17 charities. It is estimated that 20 heads of lettuce, 230 lbs of chicken, 140 lbs of beef, 10 gallons of marinara sauce, 70 lbs of vegetables, 500 cookies and 1500 drinks kept the teams going that weekend.

Dallas GiveCamp estimates $500,000 worth of consulting hours were donated.

If you are in IT and want to have a great feeling of being helpful, donate your time next year at the event.

Many thanks to the team, the sponsors and Shawn for organizing the event.


Jeff Morris goes to the White House

Posted 9/23/12

Jeff Morris was at the White House this past Thursday 9/20/12.

To read his review of the day, please click here.

To see pictures from the event, please click here.

Posted 9/15/12

Jeff Morris, Founder of CareerDFW, will be at the White House in Washington DC this Thursday 9/20/12 to attend a forum for Job Clubs and Career Ministries. To read press release click here.


Pictures from the 9/20/12 White House Forum on Job Clubs and Career Ministries (Scroll down for more)

White House out the window


Looking out the window from the Indian Treaty Room at the Eisenhower Executive Office Building of the Whte House..


You are looking at the West Wing closest to you.


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Panel 2





This was the second panel.


At the podium: Jane Oates, Assistant Secretary for Employment and Training at teh US Department of Labor.


From right to left sitting:

Lisa Rice and Joyce Young of the Brevard Workforce agency in Rockledge FL, Jeff Whitehead and Traci Nolen from the Eastern Kentucky Concentrated Employment Program Inc. in Hazard KY, Kirkland Murray and Paula Brand from the Anne Arundel Workforce Development Corporation in Millersville, MD and Jaime Pacheco-Orozco from the City of Los Angeles Workforce Development System


Panel 3a



This was the third panel.


At the podium is Ben Seigel the Deputy Directory of the Center for Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships at the US Department of Labor.


From right to left seated:

Diana Miller from the Community Job Club in Stow, OH, Steve Colella who leads the Job Club RI in West Warwick RI, Patricia Norman from the Employment Network Ministry at New Birth Missionary Baptist Church in Atlanta, GA, Jessica Pierce from Career Connectors in Phoenix, AZ, Tim Krauss from Job Connection in Spokane, WA, Brian Ray of Crossroads Career Network in Charlotte, NC







Here is Labor Secretary Hilda L. Solis of the Department of Labor addressing the room.








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This is the name badge that everyone had.





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You know I always have my name tag with me. I was the only one wearing a name tag that everyone could read.





Jeff Morris and Ben Seigel




On the left is Ben Seigel the Deputy Directory of the Center for Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships at the US Department of Labor.


On the right is Jeff Morris, Founder and President of CareerDFW.



 Jeff at the White House






Jeff Morris, Founder and President of CareerDFW.

Press Release - 12/3/08


Contact: Jeff Morris  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


For Immediate Release


Unemployment is up…who is assisting?


New unemployment numbers will be released this Friday. Will they go up? This would be a good story to tie in with the unemployment numbers.


A new website has been launched in the DFW area for those needing help with their job search.


The website has been established to provide ONE place where anyone who is unemployed or under-employed in the Dallas Fort Worth area can find anything and everything to help with his or her career search that will result in employment.


The Goal of is to give people the tools they need to land their next great opportunity.


Who may be listed? Any formed group that assist members in educating, coaching, career testing, job leads, networking connections, mentoring, counseling, or support, while providing a safe place for the job seeker, is welcome to be listed on the website.


Organizations that charge or have membership fees/dues will be clearly identified as charging for their services.’s leadership team is comprised of all volunteers. is a NOT FOR PROFIT organization. collects no dues or membership fees.


Please help get the word out so that we can help the DFW community secure better futures for ourselves, and our families.


We can arrange photo opps and provide interviews with people who have used the site.  

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