Steve Andrews

passionate technologist · business applications · community guy

Help Rebuild New Orleans At Tech·Ed NOLA

Just announced, registration is now open for Microsoft Tech·Ed 2010, June 7-10, in New Orleans, Louisiana. Tech·Ed isn’t the only reason you should come to New Orleans though.

It has been four years since Hurricane Katrina devastated the gulf coast as the worst civil disaster in American history. It is estimated that 400,000 jobs were lost and 275,000 homes were destroyed, ten times as many as any other natural disaster in US history. The total cost is estimated at $100 billion in damages making Katrina the most costly hurricane in US history. Up to 15 million people were affected by Hurricane Katrina, and New Orleans itself is still struggling to rebuild and one of the biggest needs is for new housing.

I'd like to help, so I have arranged for a volunteer group to work with Habitat for Humanity to help rebuild New Orleans on Saturday June 5th, 2010, the Saturday before Tech·Ed. This is your opportunity to help an area that still has immense need, as well as to network with fellow geeks and eat more shrimp and oyster poboys! You should try the fried alligator too.

If you would like to volunteer to help rebuild New Orleans on Saturday, June 5th, 2010, please visit: http://geekgive.org/project/techednola2010

For more information about working with Habitat for Humanity, please read the FAQ (Microsoft Word) and Safety Guidelines (Microsoft Word).

I am also looking for sponsors to help with:

  • Hotel Discounts
  • Transportation
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Water
  • After-Party
  • $50 suggested donation to Habitat for Humanity per person to help cover work gloves and other costs

If you can help sponsor this volunteer event, please contact me at steve [at] platinumbay [dot] com.

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