Geek Aid

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A techo-nerdy caravan of help for New Orleans and the Gulf Coast. Tentative departure last week of October. Returning after Thanksgiving.


Free Geek is going to be sending aid supplies and a crew of geeks to New Orleans to help with the relief efforts.

Jeff's comment here moved to talk - Oso

Some things we need to do/would like to do and other things that will help us accomplish a lot on this mission:

  • Make contact with Red Cross (Tom McCann, FG Volunteer) and Mercy Corps (Mathew Schwartzberg, MC Relief Coordinator), see if there is a way to coordinate actions, also they could provide definate locations to deliver materials and let us know what types of materials to bring in addition to computers.
  • Bring computers and networking equipment, plus tech-know-how.
  • Bring home construction tools and a supply of fasteners (nails, screws hangers) and building know-how.
  • Coordinate with other communities of geeks along our route and see if a caravan might grow along the way.
  • Bring a self-sustaining amount of supplies, so we are not an additional burden on the relief agencies already in place.
  • Bring back a few orphaned dogs? Liane will find homes for any and all we can bring back, realistic?


  • Free Geek
  • Comcast (tentative)
  • Heald College (tentative)

Donation Needs

  • Funds - for equipment, fuel and travel expenses for crew.
  • Van - 3/4 Ton, with seating for 4-5, deisel preferred.
  • Cargo Trailer - Re: Wells Cargo closed box.
  • Tools (computer repair)
  • Tools (construction)
  • Tools (mechanic)

Volunteer Opportunities

List your name/userid below the item if you'd be willing to help with this

  • Fund Raising
    • Mark Chamberlain
  • In-kind donation coordination
  • Roadtrip logistics coordination
  • Making the trip
  • Thinking about making the trip
    • Tim Kutcha
    • Clout Tolstoy