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Help us choose our charity for the 2011 Red Hat Summit and JBoss World!

March 29th, 2011
by Red Hat Events

At Red Hat, philanthropy is incredibly important to sustaining a corporate culture of giving back. Whether it’s our Fedora team teaching young students how to use open source graphics software, or foregoing our Holiday party to give the savings to charity — Red Hat cares.

We are excited about bringing a volunteer opportunity to the 2011 Red Hat Summit and JBoss World, and we want your opinion on where we should contribute. Read the descriptions below of charity finalists, and then vote on our homepage poll for the winner! Voting will only be open until April 6th!

Philanthropic Opportunities:

Project Night Night
Website: http://www.projectnightnight.org

Overview: Project Night Night donates over 25,000 Night Night packages each year, free of charge, to homeless children who need childhood essentials to feel secure, cozy, ready to learn, and significant.  Each package contains a new security blanket, an age-appropriate children’s book, and a stuffed animal – all nestled inside a new canvas tote bag.  Project Night Night reduces trauma and advances the emotional and cognitive well-being of the children they serve.

Volunteer Opportunity: Assemble the packages by adding a blanket, stuffed animal and book to the tote bag.

Stop Hunger Now
Website: http://www.stophungernow.org

Overview: Stop Hunger Now is an international hunger relief organization that coordinates the distribution of food and other life-saving aid around the world.  The organization is driven by a vision of a world without hunger, and a mission to end hunger in our lifetime.  They provide food and life-saving aid to the world’s most vulnerable and create a global commitment to mobilize the necessary resources.  The packages are used in crisis situations and in school feeding programs for schools and orphanages in developing countries around the world.

Volunteer Opportunity: Assemble packages of dehydrated, high protein, and highly nutritious meals.

Red Cross Blood Drive
Website: http://www.redcrossblood.org

Overview: The Red Cross was founded on the simple idea of neighbors helping neighbors in time of need.  They bring more than 50 years of blood collection and transfusion experience, deep community connections and a network of nationwide resources.

Volunteer Opportunity: Spend 20-30 minutes donating blood.

Cradles to Crayons
Website: http://www.cradlestocrayons.org

Overview: Cradles to Crayons strives to provide children up to age 12 living in homeless and low-income situations with the essentials they need to feel safe, warm, ready to learn, and valued.

Volunteer Opportunity: Create care packages for children to be delivered to local shelters.

Boston Cares
Website: http://www.bostoncares.org

Overview: Boston Cares is an organization which coordinates more than 200 direct service volunteer projects annually.  They are the largest organization in New England dedicated to team-oriented volunteering on a flexible basis.

Volunteer Opportunity: Create packages for local non-profit organizations to distribute in the Boston area.  Examples include dental packages for homeless shelters, snack bags for after-school programs / shelters, or making blankets for homeless children.

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