Portlight Disaster Relief

Nola Relief Walk Today!

By: Portlight, 6:58 PM GMT on February 05, 2009

The New Orleans Portlight Relief Walk is today! The walk will start at the Peace Quad on the Layola University campus with sign in and guest speakers. The walk will take place in Audubon Park across the street from the Quad. After the walk is over there will be entertainment on the Quad provided by a local band. Many thanks to Wunderbloggers tkeith and Patrap for their outstanding work in getting this event organized. Learn more about the New Orleans Walk here.

Plans are also moving forward for walks in other areas as well. Final approval for the Destin Dog Walk should come shortly and the Houston Walk plans are almost complete as well. The Summerville/Charleston Walk date is set for May 2nd, and we are currently recruiting walkers, event sponsors, and volunteers. Look for updates on the other walks and events coming soon!

You can help too! If you are interested in having some fun and helping a very worthy cause then please contact us. Find contact information and more on the Relief Events page.

More specifically the Houston and Kissimmee Walk coordinators are still looking for other interested in helping out with event coordination. Please contact the city coordinators for these areas if you are interested in helping. City coordinator contact information can be found by visiting the links above.


Weather Underground National Sponsor of Portlight Relief Walks

Charleston, SC – Portlight Strategies, Inc., - a national grassroots non-profit organization - announced today that Weather Underground, Inc., will be National Sponsor of the First Annual Portlight Relief Walk series of national awareness and fundraising events.

www.wunderground.com is the nations first online weather service with millions of loyal visitors each day.

Hundreds of members of the Weather Underground blog community teamed with Portlight Strategies, Inc., throughout the Fall of 2008 to provide much need relief services and supplies to victims of Hurricane Ike along the Texas coast.

These relief efforts focused on helping people with disabilities, as well as people in small towns and rural areas often marginalized by the larger institutional relief infrastructure.

Portlight Strategies, Inc., has committed to building on the stunning success of this collaborative, grassroots initiative.

In order to expand our community of supporters – and to create a financial reserve to enable strategic, proactive response in the future – Portlight is organizing walk-a-thon style events in 40 U S cities. Organizing committees have already begun meeting to plan these events in their hometowns and communities. Relief Walks will be held on weekends through the Spring and early Summer.

“Weather Underground stepping up to be our National Sponsor is a huge honor”’ said Paul Timmons, Jr. – Portlight Strategies, Inc., Board Chair. “Our Ike efforts were born of hundreds of weather lovers coming together on the www.wunderground.com site. It’s a perfect fit that Weather Underground will sponsor our first national event.”

“Weather Underground is proud to have facilitated Portlight’s initial success”’ said Toby Skinner, of Weather Underground, Inc. “And we are pleased to be the National Sponsor of Portlight’s First Annual National Relief Walk event.

“The Weather Underground community was the Genesis of our post Ike success,” said Timmons, “By agreeing to be National Sponsor of our First Annual National Relief Walk event, Weather Underground, Inc., becomes equally integral to our future ability to serve. We are grateful for their support and confidence.”

For more information on Portlight Strategies, Inc., including the story of our Ike relief efforts and information on our Relief Walk, please visit: www.portlight.org or our Featured Blog at: www.wunderground.com

Contact information:
Paul Timmons,Jr
e-mail: paul@portlight.org

Updated: 6:30 PM GMT on March 21, 2009


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