Three Worthy Causes/Events


As an individual, one of the things that comes with influence and reach is social responsibility. I’ve tried to use mine wisely although I probably could be accused of not doing enough of it. To that end, I’ve got a triple shot of social causes on my plate right now that I’d like you to consider supporting — either monetarily, via your social networks/blogs or through your time.

I know, I know… we get pounded a dozen times a day to support a variety of causes. And please understand that I’m not asking you to support all of these causes (although that wouldn’t suck if you did). Just to think about doing something little or big for any of the three. Here are the details:

Race for the Cure Tweetup (November 1)
This one comes courtesy of Simon Salt who will be participating in the 12th Annual Komen Austin Race for the Cure®. I hope to get down and walk with Simon but if not, you can bet that I’ll be sending some cash his way (and some tweets of support. I hope that you will join me.

To get involved, please consider registering as part of Simon’s team or through a donation. The money raised through the Race will fund vital education, screening and treatment programs for underserved women in Bastrop, Caldwell, Hays, Travis and Williamson counties and support the national search for the cures.

If you prefer, mail your donation today to:
Komen Austin P.O. Box 2164 Austin, TX 78768.
Please make your check payable to:
Susan G. Komen for the Cure and add “Simon Salt” in the memo

Austin Non Profit Camp (November 14)
Austin Non Profit Camp is a free, facilitated and participant driven conference that will be the place in Austin for non profits to learn and troubleshoot their technology problems in a supportive, collaborative setting. The event is being spearheaded by David J. Neff, Jon Lebkowsky, Maggie Duval and Matt Glazer. Their goal is to take the successful Bar Camp model and apply it to expand understanding and awareness of free and Open Source technology within the non-profit community in Central Texas.

How It Works
Non profits and technology folks come together to have conversations about the issues that they face in a no sales, no cost environment. They bring tech experts together with nonprofits in a context that will facilitate mutual understanding.

In addition to scheduled speakers, attendees will have the option to sign up to speak about issues and solutions they know best. [Note from Aaron - my goal is to drop by to run one of the unconference sessions]

Nonprofit attendees collaboratively problem solve issues they face with running and promoting their organizations, workshopping with local technologists about the latest and most effective technologies and methodologies. These conversations will help nonprofits filter what’s useful from what’s not and keep their organizations humming and on track.

Topics
Google Apps, Data Exchange/Salesforce, Google Grants, Social Media, Marketing, Cloud Computing, Email Marketing, Fundraising in Social Media, ZERO COST Infrastructure, ROI of The Cloud

Event Details 
Date: November 14th
Time: 10:00 a.m. – :00 p.m.
Location: ACC Eastview Campus
3401 Webberville Road

Register here

Movember (month of November)
What could be better than growing mustaches, a healthy competition and raising money for men’s health (and in particular, prostate/testicular cancer). Check out the Movember home page here. There are three ways you can help us out:

  1. Join our team and help us raise money.
  2. Donate to our team
  3. Pass the good word along about what we’re doing via tweets, Facebook updates and blog posts.

More details will unfold in a separate blog post but I’ll be joining forces with some of my Austin peeps Kyle Flaherty, Tim WalkerTim HaydenDavid Armano, Chris Carter, Doug Wick, Chris Anderson, David Neff, Wesley Faulkner, Tim Schmelter, Heather Strout and Simon Salt. Hopefully we’ll get Bryan Person, William HurleyPeter Kim along with some other Austin studs (and/or studettes) to battle with the boys in Boston.