Friday, September 21, 2012

2012 NASSS CONFERENCE: Pre-conference volunteer opportunity

We are partnering with the St Bernard Project (SBP) to offer all interested NASSS members the opportunity to assist with on-going rebuilding efforts in NOLA at at the upcoming conference.  St. Bernard Project (SBP) is an award-winning rebuilding, nonprofit organization whose mission is to remove physical, mental and emotional barriers for vulnerable families, senior citizens and disabled residents who are struggling to recover from the devastation and trauma caused by Hurricane Katrina and the Oil Spill and now, also Hurricane Isaac. SBP operates 4 direct service programs: Rebuilding ProgramOpportunity HousingGood Work Good Pay and Mental Health Programs. Given our short time in NOLA, the NASSS volunteer team will be assisting in the rebuilding program.  Thank you Richard Lapchick for proving the connection to such a wonderful organization!

Day: Wednesday 7th November
Time: 8.30am-4pm (this does not clash with any of the conference proceedings- we should be back in time to attend all the opening events). There is also a half day (7am-1pm) option.
Location: Various sites in NOLA
Transportation to/from site: We will be arranging taxi/cab transportation to/from site-conference hotel. Volunteers will be responsible for the cost of transportation.  I am working to keep costs at a minimum.
Paperwork: Those of you who have already indicated interest- I will be in touch with the paperwork we need to complete for SBP.

Those who have not yet contacted me but are interested in joining the NASSS volunteer team, donating their time and assisting SBP- please email Lara Killick (lkillick@pacific.ed) ASAP.  We have to confirm numbers by the 7th October to allow SBP to allocate us projects.  

There will also be an opportunity for NASSS members to donate school supplies and/or money to a local school connected to the volunteer efforts via a donation box at Conference Registration.  

Best wishes,

2012 NASSS conference organizing committee.

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