Jérôme Aoustin is a fine art photographer in New York City. He’s also an engineer and has co-founded a couple of start-ups in the broadcast media industry (tv2me.com and pnglaboratories.com).
His diverse experience in his professional life led him to volunteer with a number of nonprofit organizations over the years. Basically, he says, “When I can fill a need and have the time to do it, I reach out, get it done and move on.”
Jérôme heard about Help-Portrait on Twitter after investing a lot of time into photography last year. “It was a really serendipitous find,” he said. “I could help people by doing something that I love.”
He began by creating the NYC group on Help-Portrait’s Community website, and ultimately became the organizer for the event on Dec. 14, 2009. “With the recession, I had a lot more time on my hands than I’d wish for so it worked out well,” he said.
FINDING A LOCATION
The group grew quickly and expanded to eight locations throughout the city, each with a different leader. On the day of the event he oversaw the Bronx location. He shared his advice on finding the perfect H-P location:
“Being in New York City, this has been a rather easy task. There are so many organizations out there catering to the underprivileged. It’s not hard to show them how Help-Portrait is such a great opportunity. We have served the poor, the ill, the handicapped… in a battered women shelter, an adult day health center serving the elderly, a community center… This year, one of the several locations we will go to is a nursing facility for children living with HIV. Finding people in need is unfortunately much easier than one may think.”
THIS YEAR’S EVENT
The NYC crew already has a number of locations in the works for this year’s Dec. 4 event:
- Manhattan, a nursing facility for children living with HIV
Contact: Jérôme Aoustin – (805) 268-7846
- Brooklyn, a community center
Contact: William Salomon Orellana
- Queens, soon to be announced
Contact: Abi Litwa
There will be more locations as Dec. 4 approaches. Visit the H-P community group page or Facebook for more information, or follow them on Twitter (@HelpPortraitNYC).
[…] Help-Portrait put together a great community website for people to create groups,” H-P organizer Jérôme Aoustin said. “In the case of NYC, we served eight locations and needed eight leaders. Creating […]