A 26-year-old Chicago tech whiz is spending six months working with nonprofits from Denver to Seattle — riding his motorcycle along the way.

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Do you ever hanker for a way to make your travel mean more, while really connecting with people in the places you visit?

Twenty-six-year-old Jonathan Koch may have figured it out. Seattle is his latest stopover on a five-city tour during a six-month sabbatical from his technology-consultant job with Deloitte in his hometown of Chicago.

A self-professed nerd who studied at Notre Dame, in his regular job he has worked with the state of Wisconsin to improve software applications for public assistance. On his travels, his aim is to help figure out how small nonprofits can use technology to better help people most in need — especially underprivileged children.

Traveling by Harley-Davidson motorcycle on his “Doin’ IT for the Kids” tour, he has lined up one-month volunteer gigs with five nonprofits, sometimes in information-technology-related projects, such as his current stop at Treehouse, a Seattle agency that mentors and advocates for foster kids. But he’s also rolling up his sleeves, cooking chili rellenos for youngsters at a Denver food bank, or staffing the front desk at a homeless shelter in a drug-besieged district of Salt Lake City. His next stops: a San Francisco food bank, then Habitat for Humanity in Tucson.

Follow his blog at jmancancan.com.