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Monday, May 28,2012

Voting starts on multimedia charity project

Project C: Clicking Creates Change, an award-winning multimedia storytelling platform, launched on Monday, May 28. The website,, is in its second year of production.

Project C is an independent, student-run multimedia endeavor that ultimately donates funds to local nonprofit organizations, according to a news release. This year, community members voted to select which nonprofits would be featured. After receiving the most votes, this year's nominees include: United Campus Ministry; Rural Action: Watershed Restoration; The Gathering Place; and Hocking-Athens-Perry Community Action.

This year, Project C saw an almost fivefold increase in the number of donors, from 13 donors in 2011 to 63 in 2012. The project has raised $2,505 to date.

"I am so grateful for and moved by the generosity I've witnessed in the past couple of months," Annette Drapac, a co-founder and co-director of Project C, said in a news release. "I could not be more proud of our team, who have all worked so hard to connect with our organizations, our audiences and each other."

From the time the site launched at 12:01 a.m. on Monday, May 28, until Friday, June 1 at 11:59 p.m., online visitors can view content about all of the selected organizations and vote for their favorite one.

The content will stay live on the site even after voting closes. The amount of money donated to each organization is decided by the percentage of votes received during those five days.

The Project C team is inviting all Ohio University students, community members, and representatives and volunteers involved with the featured nonprofits to join them at a premier event, "Celebrating Community," on Friday, June 1. The event, being held at the Community Center Pavilion on East Park Drive," the release said, "will serve as a physical forum for students and full-time local residents to interact, fostering a greater sense of community and connection."

During the event, the video documentaries featured on the site will be screened. In addition, there will be live music, a silent auction, food and games. The event is free and open to the public.


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