VSLive! Gives Back

The "VSLive! Gives Back" program gives conference participants an opportunity to make a positive contribution to the host community in the short amount of time they spend there.

Giving Back Las Vegas

The Visual Studio Live! Las Vegas Conference is proud to announce its alliance with SHARE VILLAGE Las Vegas as its "VSLive! Gives Back" partner.

Bringing Veterans and Families Home

SHARE VILLAGE Las Vegas helps veterans transition out of homelessness and poverty through a continuum of housing enriched with supportive services. SHARE VILLIAGE Las Vegas is operated 24/7 by SHARE, a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization.

SHARE VILLAGE is dedicated to the creation of an environment that is home to United States Veterans. This is a unique and innovative approach to holistic and comprehensive housing with 24/7/365 crisis intervention center intensive support services. Public and private collaborative partnerships have been created to provide supplies and services to residents including housing, medical and mental health services, employment training, referrals and placements, food pantry/nutrition programs and transportation to the VA Hospital and primary care clinics.

How You Can Help

Conference participants are invited to donate in-kind donations of non-perishable food items that directly benefit veterans, veteran families, programs, events and operations at SHARE VILLAGE. Here is a list of in-kind donations items from SHARE VILLAGE:

Protein Foods: Meat, Poultry, Fish, Dry Beans, and Nuts

  • canned tuna
  • canned chicken
  • canned beef stews
  • canned salmon
  • bean soups
  • canned or dried beans
  • baked beans
  • canned chili
  • peanut butter
  • canned nuts

Dairy: Milk, Yogurt and Cheese

  • infant formula
  • nonfat dry milk
  • evaporated milk
  • instant breakfast drinks
  • small boxes of shelf-stable (UHT) milk
  • canned and boxed pudding

Grains: Bread, Cereal, Rice, and Pasta

  • rice and rice mixes
  • canned pastas
  • noodle mixes
  • dry noodles and pastas
  • macaroni and cheese mix
  • cold cereals
  • bran cereal
  • shredded wheat
  • infant cereal
  • hot cereal mixes
  • oatmeal
  • bread and muffin mixes
  • pancake mix
  • whole-grain crackers
  • granola bars
  • graham crackers

Fruits & Vegetables

  • canned vegetables
  • canned fruit
  • vegetable soup
  • canned tomato products
  • spaghetti sauce
  • baby-food vegetables
  • V-8 juice
  • raisins
  • applesauce
  • dried fruits
  • baby-food fruit
  • canned and boxed 100% juice

Look for the Give Back donation box sign near the Visual Studio Live! Las Vegas registration desk, or ask a staff member how you can help.

VSLive! Conference Bag Donation

Visual Studio Live! provides bags to all attendees to carry laptops, notepads, pens, and other pertinent items around while you are at the conference. The bags can also serve as useful souvenirs to take back home or to the office to remind you about the great conference you just attended. But not everyone needs a new backpack.

If you don’t need a new bag (or don’t want to take the bag home after using it for the week) and prefer it gets donated to a good cause, you can place your bag in the Give Back Box and your conference bag will be donated to SHARE VILLAGE Las Vegas.

For more information on the "VSLive! Gives Back" program or how you can help, contact Joyce Jackson at [email protected] or 949.296.9840.