Visual Studio Live! Gives Back

Visual Studio Live! is proud to announce VSLive! Gives Back in 2019 to give the Conference Team and attendees alike the opportunity to make a positive contribution to the host community in the short amount of time we spend at each event.

Visual Studio Live! is partnering with local charities and associations throughout 2019 in each city to truly embrace the people, the culture and the community in each visiting city.

Keep up with new announcements as we solidfy our partnerships throughout the year, otherwise take a peek at the list below to see where Visual Studio Live! is giving back in 2019.


Visual Studio Live! has announced their partnership with Coalition for the Homeless of Central Florida as their selected "VSLive! Gives Back" partner in Orlando.

Coalition for the Homeless of Central Florida is a low barrier residential shelter with a focus on housing, emergency services, and diversion. They help families and individuals return to stable, permanent homes as quickly as possible. Each day they serve more than 500 men, women, and children through their residential programs, as well as more than 100 unsheltered individuals through their community initiatives. Through the support of their community, the Coalition has been able to evolve and adapt to the changing needs – and the changing faces – of the homeless for over three decades. Learn More.

“The Coalition for the Homeless is so grateful to have received over 850 pairs of socks from Converge 360 Events! We work with over 500 individuals experiencing homeless each day. In addition to finding housing, we also provide all of their essential needs – and socks are always a must have! Partners like you help us fulfill our mission each and every day.”

- Kristen Pena, Director of Community Engagement, Coalition for the Homeless of Central Florida, January 2020

Las Vegas

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

SHARE VILLAGE Las Vegas, Bringing Veterans and Families Home, is dedicated to the creation of an environment that is home to United States Veterans 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. Learn More.

New Orleans

Visual Studio Live! has announced their partnership with The Covenant House New Orleans as their selected "VSLive! Gives Back" partner on their trip to the Big Easy.

The Convenant House New Orleans is committed to serve suffering children of the street and to protect and safeguard children. The Covenant House provides life's basics of food, clothing, shelter, to those in need without question, offering young people protection from the streets and their pasts to provide stability, guidelines, plans and options to assist them in making positive decisions about their future. Learn More.

“Thank you for your tremendous generosity.  We are very grateful to your groups donation of toiletry kits, backpacks, t-shirts and much needed items.  Our outreach team was extremely grateful to receive these items.  The 164 young people in our care will benefit greatly from your groups donation.  Thank you so much for supporting our youth during your time in New Orleans.”

- Covenant House, May 2019


Visual Studio Live! has announced their partnership with Bridge Over Troubled Waters as their selected "VSLive! Gives Back" partner as they head east to Boston.

Bridge Over Troubled Waters started in the late 1960's by a dedicated group of women and teachers to help the disaffected, troubled and often drug-involved youth on the Boston Common and in Cambridge. Their goals are to help turn the troubled youth into fulfilled, self-sufficient adults by providing supportive counseling, referrals to healthcare, psychiatric services and the like. Learn More.

“I want to thank the folks at VSLive! Gives Back for choosing Bridge Over Troubled Waters as their charity partner during the Visual Studio Live! 2019 conference in Boston. Our Mobile Medical Van and Street Outreach Team makes contact with 1,000 runaway, homeless, and at-risk youth, ages 14-24, each year to help them come in to Bridge and begin their journey of leaving the streets. We received hundreds of Summer Survival Aid Kits donated by VSLive! attendees that included essential emergency items such as a backpack, sun screen, a toothbrush, toothpaste, deodorant, a water bottle, and socks that were handed out to these vulnerable youth during the summer. We are so very grateful to all of you who participated in this remarkable effort!”

- Elisabeth Jackson, Executive Director, Bridge Over Troubled Waters, May 2019

Microsoft HQ

Visual Studio Live! Microsoft HQ is excited to share that we will be supporting Communities in Schools Seattle & Stuff the Bus as its "VSLive! Gives Back" partner in 2019.

The goal of Communities in Schools Seattle & Stuff the Bus is provide all supplies that every child needs at their 10 partner schools. From June through August, together with partners like VSLive!, they collect basic school supplies for K-12 Seattle public school students to help eliminate a significant barriers that keeps students from staying in school and achieving a successful future. Both organizations are proud to support both families and teachers in need of basic school supplies. Learn More.

San Diego

The Visual Studio Live! San Diego Conference is proud to announce its alliance with PAWS as its "VSLive! Gives Back" partner.

PAWS San Diego, the official safety net program of San Diego Humane Society, provides pet food, essential services, and support to assist people in our community in keeping their companion animals during difficult times. Their goal is to bring pet care services and resources directly into underserved communities in San Diego County. They host community events where they offer free or low-cost services including spay/neuter, vaccinations, microchipping, licensing, behavior and training tips and pet supplies. Learn More.


The Visual Studio Live! Chicago Conference is proud to announce its alliance with Inspiration Corporation as its "VSLive! Gives Back" Chicago partner.

Inspiration Corporation helps people who are affected by homelessness and poverty to improve their lives and increase self-sufficiency through the provision of social services, employment training and placement, and housing. Inspiration Corporation offers a broad array of programs designed to help their participants exit homelessness and poverty while increasing self-sufficiency. They believe in providing opportunities for every individual to make positive changes in their lives, regardless of their past, and they meet each individual where they are at in life. Whether enrolled in their job training program, dining at Inspiration Cafe, or accessing their permanent supportive housing, participants work one-on-one with a case manager to create an individual plan that outlines goals for obtaining or maintaining stable permanent housing and building income.

“Thank you for the generous donation of backpacks, toiletry kits, socks, hats and gloves! Our participants who are affected by homelessness often request hygiene items in small sizes as they do not have a place to store them, or much room to carry them around. As the weather gets colder, the need for clean socks and other protective clothing increases dramatically. Being without housing is never easy, but these items will bring comfort to those affected by homelessness and deep poverty!”

- Hallie Witmer, Development Manager, Inspiration Corporation

October 2019

For More Information

To learn more about the "Visual Studio Live! Gives Back" program or how you can help, contact our Conference Registrar at [email protected] or 949.296.9840.