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Do you have a favorite organization that you contribute to with funding and/or in-person volunteering? If so, we want to hear about it. Post a link below to your favorite charitable foundation or group that is addressing sustainability, social justice, health, or quality of life issues and tell us in a few words why you connect to it.
We'll highlight as many as we can during our end-of-year virtual celebration, "Let's Create a Better World with Automation" on December 14, 2022 at 11 AM ET. We even have a few spots available if you want to speak about an organization making a difference (register for the event here).
Open to all members of our four Automation Communities – AIOps & IT Automation, Business Automation, Integration and WebSphere, Liberty, Java & DevOps – this hour will share highlights from 2022, plans for 2023 and feature a special guest headliner, Rachel Reinitz, IBM Fellow and Founder of IBM Garage, who will present a new methodology for starting Automation called, "Identifying Automation Value in a Few Hours." We will call out your submitted organizations throughout the hour.I'll go first.
The Center for Coastal Studies in Provincetown, Massachusetts is focused on the impact of the rapidly warming Atlantic Ocean. They have teams of scientists mapping flood zones for coastal towns, tracking the Right Whale population and freeing them of ropes and netting, as well as studying the behavior of sharks, turtles and seals in the Cape Cod Bay. They are doing the kind of work needed to predict and prepare for Climate Change and helping us to understand the changing coastal ecosystem to keep it healthy and thriving for people, fishermen, and the animal life that depends on it.
Learn more here: https://coastalstudies.org/
Not every kids family can afford a cake on their birthday. Unfortunately, it happens all the time, but Cake4Kids is changing that by delivering free, custom birthday cakes to at-risk and underserved youth across the country! My family loves to bake, we've focused this towards helping kids in need feel special on their birthday with a cake of their own.
The youth we serve may be in foster or kinship care, living in group homes, survivors of domestic violence or human trafficking, living in low-income housing with or without a parent, or even homeless. It may just be a cake, but the children we bake for know that a stranger took the time and effort to do something special just for them.