PALO ALTO, Calif., March 6, 2008 – Several members of the HP Indigo users' group Digital Solutions Cooperative (Dscoop) participated in Corazón's "Build a House in a Day" construction project at the close of the 2008 Dscoop Annual Conference. During the outing, co-sponsored by HP and MindFireInc, the group of HP customers, executives and partners traveled to Tecate, Mexico, to build homes for impoverished families under the direction of Corazón leaders.
Corazón was established in 1978 as an all-volunteer relief organization and began building complete homes for families in need in 1995 with the launch of the familia Corazón project. Since that time, more than 30,000 U.S. volunteers have completed more than 950 construction projects. Dscoop conference attendees worked alongside families in the familia Corazón project to build new homes from ground breaking to completion of the house – all in one day.
"HP was pleased to co-sponsor and participate in Corazón's 'Build a House in a Day' construction project with our valued partner MindFireInc and demonstrate our dedication to global responsibility through this worthy cause," said Francis McMahon, director of marketing, U.S. Graphic Arts Organization, HP. "The project brought the Dscoop conference attendees together to make a difference in the Tecate community and in the lives of the families that received the new homes."
HP customers participating in the house-building project expressed gratitude that this type of activity was incorporated into the Dscoop Conference.
"The Dscoop Conference was amazing, but the highlight of the weekend was the life-changing experience we had working with Corazón," said HP Indigo customer John Rogers, president and founder of Dots and Pixels, Woodbridge, Ontario. "The family that we were working with could not have been more pleased, and many of us left wishing that we could do even more to help."
Dscoop hosted the 2008 Annual Conference in San Diego, Calif. from Feb. 21 – 23 in order to bring the user community and HP representatives together to facilitate knowledge sharing and networking. The three-day conference agenda of workshops and exhibits, including an HP Capture Knowledge center and a multi-vendor solutions showcase, was followed by attendee participation in the Corazón "Build a House in a Day" construction project.
"While it was heartbreaking to see the conditions people were living in, it was just as heartwarming that Dscoop as a group was able to make a difference in a couple of families' lives," said Jack Glacken, Dscoop's immediate past chairman and co-owner of Philadelphia-based Today's Graphics. "We left at 5:30 a.m. and did not return until 8:00 p.m., and the experience was absolutely worth every second of the time."
Dscoop was founded in August 2005 by HP Indigo users and the HP Indigo team and is a user-driven community of HP Indigo press owners and operators. Working with HP's Indigo support team, the association is focused on helping Indigo users support each other to better their print businesses as well as the backbone technology of HP Indigo's digital solutions. HP Indigo customers, press owners, operators and affiliated professionals use Dscoop as their front-line peer-to-peer resource for learning and sharing. Dscoop offers members a host of business development tools, education Webinars and online discussion groups. More information about Dscoop is available at www.dscoop.org.
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