Re: Semi-OT: Big news happening @ InfoAge!
- Well that sounds like a win-win-win-win-win!
--- In email@example.com, Evan Koblentz <evan@...> wrote:
> Some of you probably heard this already; most probably haven't: InfoAge
> will be hosting dozens or even hundreds of Hurricane Sandy relief
> volunteers, starting in the next few weeks and possibly lasting for
> multiple years.
> How, you ask? That's the beautiful part: the volunteers are going to fix
> up multiple H-building sections! And when they're all done with their
> work, they'll leave, with InfoAge and the member clubs in possession of
> renovated buildings.
> Here's the skinny. A large Sandy aide group wants to send many
> volunteers to help with shore recovery efforts. The group, being a
> non-profit, doesn't want to pay for hotels. Turns out the group's focus
> is to teach the volunteers how to hang sheetrock (etc.), so the group
> also needs a place to learn that task. And InfoAge has a plenty of
> barren H-building space...
> So, it'll start with a small group of people who will stay in the
> cottage while renovating one or two H-building sections. When the
> section(s) are ready, and the town provides a certificate of occupancy,
> then a larger amount of volunteers will move into the section(s), and
> continue their training in adjacent sections.
> Meanwhile, InfoAge does a valuable community service, and will be
> rewarded 00 this arrangement solves the dilemma of who'll pay to
> renovate (most of) the storage buildings; the aide group saves a ton of
> money; and Wall Township gets great press (and presumably tax breaks,
> etc.) ... as Fred and a township administration described it, the
> arrangement is a win-win-win.
> Of course, the volunteers will need plenty of electrical power -- which
> means the town will have to act fact to supply a new transformer for
> InfoAge. So that is more good news.
> What's it mean to the member clubs? Mostly it means we'll be advised to
> move our storage from its current section into a more remote section.
> That way, our collection will be safe -- far away from all the new
> volunteers (and most likely with temporary, lockable fencing around our
> collection) and away from the construction they'll be doing.
> The timing is good because MARCH is already far along in our efforts to
> put everything we own onto mobile storage units and onto forklift pallets.
> Possibly as soon as tomorrow, Fred and I are going to scope out which
> H-building section will be our new storage home.
> MARCH will be temporarily inconvenienced, because our storage will be a
> longer walk from our museum -- no big deal.
> I'm told that the volunteers will not have cars; they're all bring
> brought it from around the country, so there's no worry about them
> filling our parking lot (which would make it difficult for InfoAge to
> have events) -- chances are any construction vehicles would park inbound
> of the fences, or in the HUGE lot around the corner.
> I'm also told the influx of volunteers may also result in InfoAge
> getting a 24/7 security guard.
> Plenty of details are still up in the air, but InfoAge cleared a major
> hurdle by having the town give its blessing to the plan last week. I'm
> sure Fred will fill us in on many other details as things move along.
> And who knows -- maybe some of the volunteers will take a liking to our