I volunteer time and Information Technology (IT) services for a San Diego based charity called Outdoor Outreach, http://www.outdooroutreach.org.
I am currently assisting with their fundraising effort. If you can help, please join the effort to meet the organization's goal. Here is a webpage where a donation of any amount (every bit helps) can be made. http://www.active.com/donate/joshuatreeadventure/jcolinger3
Outdoor Outreach is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to empower at-risk and underprivileged youth to make positive, lasting changes in their lives through comprehensive outdoor programming. Outdoor Outreach programs support underserved youth in San Diego County who are at risk for school dropout, substance abuse, violence and unintended pregnancy.
Some notes about my experience with Outdoor Outreach:
The small Outdoor Outreach office has about a dozen employees, a small computer network (1 server and about 12 PCs). I've assisted them with a migration from ACT! to Salesforce, general network maintenance, user training, backup, etc. I visit once a month for 4 hours to provide onsite consulting, and I also assist them with issues remotely and monitor the network.
In addition, one of my customers, Buck Petroleum, a San Diego based petroleum and fuel distributor, has generously donated a 250 gallon tote and 55 gallon drum for waste vegetable oil storage. Thank you Buck (Scott and Brock)! Outdoor Outreach is using WVO (waste vegetable oil) to fuel one of their activity vans that has been converted to run on WVO. The goal is to reduce fuel costs as well as educate the kids about alternative energy. As some of you may know, I drive a VW Golf TDI (diesel), and when my warranty expires I will seriously consider a WVO conversion as well. It is fun to learn and observe their experience.
Lastly, Outdoor Outreach has tremendous activity volunteer group. These volunteers are responsible for interacting with the kids during the numerous surfing, rock climbing, hiking, mountain biking, etc. trips. I was introduced to Outdoor Outreach by a friend, Todd Sykes, and I quickly learned that another friend, Allison Falzon, was a volunteer as well. I have participated in a mountain bike ride with kids, and I plan to volunteer for some surf trips.
I hope you can help with the effort.
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