Saturday, October 13, 2007

Austin Technology Community Gives Back!

Over 200 volunteers from Austin's top technology and service companies joined forces on Friday to participate in the Entrepreneurs Foundation of Central Texas Fall Service Day. Twice each year the Entrepreneurs Foundation member companies come together to donate their time and hard work to help make major improvements to the greater Austin community.

Rodriguez Elementary School in South East Austin was the recipient of the Extreme Make Over style efforts of the local technology industry volunteers. Over 100 trees and other landscaping upgrades were made to the school in addition to the creation of 16 raised vegetable garden planter boxes.

Employees from Dell, vcfo, Wayport, Comerica Bank, Newgistics, SigmaTel, DLA Piper, Austin Ventures, and other local tech focused businesses pitched in to help beautify the school. AISD Superintendent Pat Fogione was on hand to inspect the work and thanked the volunteers for their hard work while they enjoyed a Texas BBQ lunch. Sighting public education as the most important invention, he praised the crowd for their investment to improve the atmosphere at Rodriguez Elementary.

I personally am not a big fan of doing yard work (especially in the hot sun), but I was thrilled to participate in this Service Day. It was amazing to see how much progress could be accomplished in five hours when so many talented people work together. I now understand how Ty Pennington and his crew accomplish so much on their weekly TV Show.

The Entrepreneurs Foundation of Central Texas is a phenomenal organization that has been a driving force for good in the Austin community since 1999. The member companies donate stock options and man hours for the philanthropic cause. The tech industry's community involvement makes Austin a better city for everyone.

Have A Great Day.


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