I'm available those days. I know the Charlestown High School is where they are having a drop off for items for the victims. I wonder if that would be a good place to see about setting up the event since they are already so involved in the relief efforts?
I can be available on the weekends. Just let us know. I don't know how to Skype. Is everyone in Indy? If so, I work at VA Hospital and can do a meeting downtown.
That's good info! Thank you!
To skype you just search for and download the Skype program, and set up a screen name to log into. It's really easy and allows you to video chat or talk with one another. We don't have to do it that way though, it was just a suggestion to make communication easier. However, if a meeting is made and someone can't attend, maybe allowing them to skype into the meeting would allow them to attend. We'll probably have to wait and see if we can get some more input from others. Thanks!
I'm in Louisville.
Kate G, the starter of the group, is also in Louisville. I believe there is going to be a separate group for Louisville so you may want to talk with her or start a new discussion to plan one for down there.
Then we can collaborate and try to plan the event for as soon as we can when people affected by the storms are ready. Kate G is also trying to gather information on that.
I don't know if we are planning to go and help do a "clean up" or take food. Perhaps we are planning a session later in the season to give them back photos that they have lost. I can see were they need so much. Perhaps it would be a good thing if we started asking grocers for gift cards, places like Walmart, Kohes, ect for the same. So that we can offer as much as possible. While photos are what we do best, it would be fab if we could bring them what they truly need. Some comforts they have lost.
I was thinking the same thing. I think we should do more than photos and give them more of what they need.
I live and work in Indianapolis. I very much want to be a part of this Help-Portrait team. I have not been a part of organizing a Help Portrait event, but I have been a photographer 4 times, 2 in 2011 and one each in 2010 and 2009. I work Monday thru Friday but am available almost every weekend.
For what it is worth, I do have a full studio setup and it is portable. Backgrounds included.
We also have about 11 members from the Central Kentucky Photography Group who are willing to participate. Depending on turnout they may be focus an event on the Eastern Kentucky areas hit hardest. I'm hoping we can combine the members from Indy and Louisville to have enough to hold events for those in the Henryville and other Indiana towns hit Friday. If our first meetings don't coincide that's fine. We can open a new discussion post meeting and discuss what we came up with. Skype sounds like a great idea for future meetings though.
A school would be a great place to house the event if we can find one willing to let us in Jennifer! It would give us plenty of space. Kim's idea to try and collect gift cards from businesses sounds great to me!
I talked briefly to Homeland Security today and they are supposed to be getting back with me with a more definitive idea on how far out to plan the event. They seemed very receptive of the idea though. However we will likely be responsible for getting all the supplies...which if we do carefully, hopefully won't deplete supplies/donors for the December event as well. Right now we're looking perhaps May or June to allow families time to get things around.
I am free March 15th or March 21st. Just let me know where to show up for the meeting.
We could also look at Southeast's Country Lake Christian Retreat in Henryville as a location. They were left completely untouched. They have room to house over 300 people and the ability to feed 1,500. Once we have a date in mind I can reach out to see if they would be interested in having us at their location.
I have discussed with the marketing coordinator for Applebee's to do an Indiana state wide dine to donate. The proceeds could then be used to help the vicitims. I can keep everyone posted on this.
We've got quite a bit of 8x10 paper left over from December, plus all the little stuff-pens, clipboards, name tags, etc. I'm not opposed to using whatever is needed from that stash, since we have plenty of time to gear up for next December.
I'm thinking CD's this time, in addition to a print, so they can eventually put together a photo album (and/or photo albums!). They can pick one to print, then we give them all the images on cd.