It's been a good four months for MyDot, with massive increases in web traffic, serious overhaul of the community guide and slow but steady connection to local organizations, news outlets, and public service providers. For those of you who don't know, MyDorchester is staffed by a rotating team of AmeriCorps members who serve for 10 months, September to June. Thanks to the amazing work of last year's team (Lauren Ames, Scotland Huber and Volunteer Coordinator Lauren Anderson) and one or two volunteers over the summer, we were well-prepared in September to reinvigorate the website and continue the content expansion and community outreach at which our predecessors had excelled. This Fall, the 2010-2011 team visited numerous civic associations and met with groups such as AFAB, Close2Home, the Dorchester Adult Literacy Coalition, Dorchester People for Peace, HealthLeads and The Boston REACH Coalition among others (let's not forget The Boston Globe). The team also supported initiatives of both partner health centers, the Codman Square Health Center and Dorchester House Multi-Service Center, and helped Healthworks at Codman pull off their winter coat drive.
Despite these successes, we know there's work left to be done. When better than New Year's to a set a few goals and get our priorities in line? With this in mind, here are the MyDorchester New Year's resolutions:
- Usability. Make our website more navigable. Create an FAQ page to address common concerns.
- Visit our local libraries! We'd like to meet and keep in touch with branch librarians, or at least stay on top of current programs (yes, we do check the BPL branch library events online).
- Intercultural Communication. Incorporate other languages and make MyDorchester more accessible to immigrant populations (suggestions welcome)
- Continue to expand our numbers: # of visitors; eBlast subscribers
- Tailor our website to our users. Ensure that MyDot resources are helpful and pleasant to use. Do you READ the eBlast? Do you delete it right away? Let us know what you do or don't want to see in the weekly mailing--and also how much.
We hope you enjoy using MyDorchester.org. With questions, comments or suggestions, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 617-822-8297.
The AmeriCorps OTCs (Outreach and Technology Coordinators)
Joel Wool, Webmaster
Aine Creedon, eBlast Designer
Allison Lamb, Volunteer Coordinator