However, what Jesper Dinesen, owner of the web development firm <engine/>, did for Mothers of Preschoolers (MOPs) is a far cry from scrubbing floors. Instead of lending a simple helpful hand, Dinesen offered up his fledgling company’s time and resources to develop an online tracking tool for the organization’s biannual consignment sale at Sunshine Community Church.
MOP’s goal is to nuture moms with kindergarten-age or younger children.
Dinesen said the consignment sale gets around 120 sellers. Prior to implementing the new system, MOPs volunteers had to input by hand the 12,000 to 14,000 items, and then all the items had to be tagged and compiled into inventory sheets.
“It was huge manual ordeal,” Dinesen said. “The workload was just phenomenal.”
Dinesen said the tool helped optimize the system, which allowed a decrease in the number of volunteers needed and made efficient use of sale time.
“It was always in the back of our minds that eventually we would sell the program,” he said. “It was just intriguing to help them with this problem. (Doing the entry manually) was a huge waste of time.”
Dinesen said this type of work is very important to his company and gave his team a way to help out in the community. For MOPs, having the tool at no cost has been indispensable for easing the operations of its major fundraiser, he said.