News Release: WGNO Launches New Website

Contact: Robert Tolbert, Executive Director
Phone: (616) 451-0150


WGNO Launches New Website

“Thanks Give Camp Grand Rapids! From the West Grand Neighborhood!”

October 25, 2015 - Grand Rapids, MI – West Grand Neighborhood Organization (WGNO) ( announced today that it has completed a new website design project as part of its recent selection by Give Camp Grand Rapids.  Robert Tolbert WGNO Executive Director said “First of all I want to thank all of the team from Give Camp!  I am very impressed by the entire Give Camp process.  Over the course of one weekend, we transformed our online image and improved our membership database capabilities.  Our assigned team of Give Camp professionals executed flawlessly while we assisted by providing information on our organization and specific requirements.  I stated in my original release regarding this grant that one of my immediate priorities in the first 90-Days will be to deliver tools that help the organization communicate with neighbors more effectively.  I am pleased to deliver this result for my neighbors.  Our new website is bi-lingual for our Spanish speaking neighbors and will allow for improved membership communication.  Special thanks to Chi Benedict, our Interim Community Engagement Specialist for her participation as technology expert for WGNO during this event.  All of the work she has contributed to our website over the years – even as a volunteer, has guided the way to the new website.  Chi will continue to be the WGNO Webmaster!”

The West Grand Give Camp 2015 Team of Professionals

Jace Browning – Developer / Team Lead
Brandon Cady – Graphic Designer
Eric Domke – Developer
Brent Forwood – Front-end development
Ross Hunter – Developer
Laura Kopp – Writing / Editing HTML/CSS
Conor Livingston – Developer
Frederick Polk - Developer

Keri Amlotte - Floater
Mariela Benitez- Spanish Translation Support


What is Give Camp

Give Camp is a weekend-long event where technology professionals – from designers, developers and database administrators to marketers and web strategists – donate their time to provide solutions for non-profit organizations.  The event this year will take place Oct. 23-25th.

What this means for WGNO

WGNO’s proposal includes development of a new website with a fresh new look and feel - with more user friendly access, and bi-lingual capability.  Also there will be a modernized membership application process and database.  

About WGNO:

West Grand Neighborhood Organization (WGNO) is the second-largest neighborhood organization in Grand Rapids.  Its boundaries include the Grand River to the east, Bridge Street to the south, Bristol Street to the southwest, and the city limits to the north.  Wear a non-profit organization.

WGNO has a great mix of residents and businesses and is home to two neighborhood business district within its boundaries –West Leonard and Stockbridge.  It is our goal to produce such programs that enable our residents and businesses to coexist in an environment that produces a healthy and vital neighborhood for all.