Community Openings: March 2021
Joomla! is not only a software platform, it is also a Worldwide Community of Volunteers.
The Joomla! Project is governed by a volunteer board of directors consisting of 10 members spanning the globe, from the United States to Uganda, the Netherlands, and beyond. Read more about our board members at https://volunteers.joomla.org/board-of-directors.
With 53 teams and sub-teams organized within 6 departments, there are unlimited opportunities for the 254 (and growing) volunteers to support and enhance the Joomla platform. Some volunteers contribute as little as an hour, while others contribute much more. No matter how much time is given, it is appreciated and the result is the same, a fantastic product.
Over the past few months, we’ve shared some of the opportunities available from creative activities like writing and marketing to development activities like PHP coding options, with many different opportunities in-between. The places within the Joomla volunteer-sphere where we need, want, and encourage you to explore are many. As has been our practice, we will continue to highlight these areas.
An Hour at a Time
So many have commented that they would like to help but do not have a lot of time. So, before jumping into this month’s highlighted opportunities, let’s take a moment to look at what can be done in as little as 1 HOUR.
In 1-Hour you can:
- Review, edit or create documentation
- Write an article for the magazine
- Help squash bugs through Bugs ‘n Fun @Home or on your own
- Help translate Joomla into one of the 75 supported languages
- Moderate showcase directory entries
- Create copy for a social media post through the Social Media team
- Talk with a potential volunteer
- Attend, or better yet present at, a User Group meeting
- And more …
As you can see, with each hour of your time, we can all work together to build and maintain our community and our software.
Highlighted This Month
With so many options available, narrowing the list down to just a handful was a daunting task. The Help Wanted Page, Glip, and the Volunteer Engagement Team are other ways to connect with the option that works best for you. That being said, below are this month’s highlighted opportunities.
It could be said that our User Groups are on the front line advocating for Joomla. These groups help all levels of users to find inspiration, information, and answers to any questions that they may have. The Joomla! Events Team aids the user groups in doing what they do. This team is looking for team members that will guide those organizing Joomla-themed events, create and maintain supporting materials, and aid in the maintenance of the Joomla Events page. Submit the events team contact form or contact the
Automated Testing Team
Do you have a passion for quality software? The Automated Testing Team is in need of volunteers to write unit tests, review our codestyle rules, and write system tests. So if you know PHPUnit, phpcs, or Codeception, you are very welcome. Learn more about this team and contact them to help with keeping up quality standards through automated testing.
Volunteers Portal Team
Interested in making the volunteer portal better? The Volunteers Portal Team is looking for volunteers to help with the coordination and implementation of improvements and features. You may have seen them on Github and perhaps thought to yourself that you’d like to help. Now’s your chance. All that is needed is to contact the Volunteers Portal Team and let them know.
Volunteer Engagement Onboarding Team
As a volunteer-based organization, it is important that our volunteers get directed to the right opportunities and feel supported throughout their volunteer experience. To do this, we are in need of onboarding team members who will work to connect volunteers with possible members and teams. Contact the Volunteer Engagement Team (VET) and let us know you’re interested in joining us.
ICYMI - In Case You Missed It
Our volunteers are instrumental in the enhancement, development, documenting, testing, and deploying - basically all aspects of producing the Joomla product. Below are just a few of the recent Joomla Community Magazine articles highlighting our phenomenal volunteers!
- Thank you Harald Leithner!
- Meet a Joomler - Nicky Veitch
- Meet a Joomler: Sandra Decoux
- Meet a Joomler: Viviana Menzel
Ready to volunteer but need help getting started?
Contact the Volunteer Engagement Team (VET) and let them know a little bit about yourself and your skills - they will connect with you and help you to get started!