I have been exhibiting at Pipeline Week for three years now, and I always look forward to seeing new technologies, spreading the damage prevention message and connecting with business partners. I was looking forward to doing it again this year while in Houston, but then Hurricane Harvey happened and with it came massive devastation to Houston and the Gulf Coast region.
While Pipeline Week did successfully go on as planned the week of October 3rd, the impact of Harvey was felt by everyone attending the annual oil & gas conference. Geospatial Information Technology Association (GITA)
postponed their annual scholarship fundraising event to instead help the victims of Harvey. GITA, PODS and PennWell (hosts of the conference) switched gears and offered vendors and attendees the opportunity to volunteer and support the Houston community
in their time of need.
PennWell teamed up with Kids’ Meals Houston by donating food and supplies to provide 1,000 lunch packs to those who had been affected by Hurricane Harvey. They put the request for volunteers in their conference update emails and on pipelineweek.com. At the conference, attendees received a flyer with details on how to assist in this effort to support Houston. Teams worked together assembly line-style to package 1,000 lunches within just one hour.
The opportunity to volunteer for this worthy cause at Pipeline Week showed me how a small team effort can have a big impact on the community. It also made me stop and think about how we, whether hosting or attending conferences and events as part of our day-to-day lives, can come together to give back to the communities we’re visiting.
Our industry is built on the idea that damage prevention is a shared responsibility. We at Infrastructure Resources believe that same concept should apply to our social responsibilities – so much so that it is one of our company’s core values. With that in mind, we’re borrowing the idea executed at Pipeline Week and plan to find a way to make a difference ourselves as we all come together at the 2018 CGA 811 Excavation Safety
Conference & Expo in Phoenix. Stay tuned for details!
MANY PEOPLE IN OUR INDUSTRY ARE VERY INVOLVED IN CHARITABLE ACTIVITIES OUTSIDE OF WORK. THIS “GIVING BACK” DEPARTMENT WILL PAY TRIBUTE TO THOSE PEOPLE AND SPOTLIGHT THE ORGANIZATIONS THEY ARE INVOLVED WITH. WE HOPE TO INSPIRE OTHERS TO GET INVOLVED WITH CHARITABLE ORGANIZAITONS THEY ARE PASSIONATE ABOUT. PLEASE SUBMIT
NOMINATIONS FOR “GIVING BACK” TO MICHELE@EMAILIR.COM.