July Nerd Night @ Geekdom Benefiting SAMMinistries Back to School Bash

Our July Nerd Night events on July 13th and 22nd will support SAMMinistries’ annual Back-to-School Bash, taking place in August. Each year, SAMMinistries invites more than 200 children from their programs across the city to attend and shop for back-to-school clothing and supplies. See the list below for “most needed” items.

MOST NEEDED SCHOOL SUPPLIES

3″ – 4″ Binders
Pocket Folders with Brads (different colors)
200-count Kleenex Tissues
9″ x 12″ Assorted Construction Paper (loose)
Red Pencils 10-count

 

Free parking 2 blocks from the EC at the Frost Employee (surface) lot at Houston & Flores. Come play with us!

July Nerd Night @ Geekdom Benefiting SAMMinistries Back to School Bash2018-07-06T11:33:32-06:00

Nerd Night @ Knight Watch Games Benefiting Primarily Primates

Primarily Primates is a non-profit sanctuary in Bexar County, Texas that operates to house, protect, and rehabilitate various non-native animals. The private refuge currently houses 400 nonhuman animals, 43 chimpanzees and birds and, as the name implies, focuses primarily on caring for apes and monkeys. Many are cast-offs from the pet trade and biomedical research institutions.
 
Join us for board games and fun at Knight Watch Games from 2pm-10pm, bring an item from the wish list and stay to play games all day!
 
WISH LIST:
 
FOOD & TREATS
– Unsalted Nuts
– Canned Fruit – No Sugar!
– Dried Fruits
– Unsweetened Coconut Flakes
– Trail Mixes
– Dry Cereals (Cheerios, Shredded Wheat, Corn Flakes, Chex)
– Graham Crackers
– Triscuits
– Unsalted Tortilla Chips
– Corn Tortillas
– Peanut Butter
 
PRIMATE ENRICHMENT (used OK)
– “Little Tykes” toys
– Kongs
– Musical Instruments
– Large Plastic Paintbrushes
– Canvas (art)
– Cardstock
– Blankets
– Burlap Sacks
– Athletic Tube Socks
– DVDs/DVD Players
 
OPERATING SUPPLIES
– Small & Large Tarps
– Zip Ties (8″ and 14″)
– Spray Bottles
– Cruelty-free dish soap and laundry detergent
– Used sheets, towels & blankets
– Paper Dixie Cups
 
GIFT CARDS
– Lowes, Home Depot, HEB, Tractor Supply
Nerd Night @ Knight Watch Games Benefiting Primarily Primates2018-06-08T07:52:29-06:00

Nerd Night @ Geekdom Benefiting Primarily Primates

Primarily Primates is a non-profit sanctuary in Bexar County, Texas that operates to house, protect, and rehabilitate various non-native animals. The private refuge currently houses 400 nonhuman animals, 43 chimpanzees and birds and, as the name implies, focuses primarily on caring for apes and monkeys. Many are cast-offs from the pet trade and biomedical research institutions.
 
Join us for board games and fun at the Geekdom Event Centre from 7pm to midnight, bring an item from the wish list and stay to play games all night!
 
WISH LIST:
 
FOOD & TREATS
– Unsalted Nuts
– Canned Fruit – No Sugar!
– Dried Fruits
– Unsweetened Coconut Flakes
– Trail Mixes
– Dry Cereals (Cheerios, Shredded Wheat, Corn Flakes, Chex)
– Graham Crackers
– Triscuits
– Unsalted Tortilla Chips
– Corn Tortillas
– Peanut Butter
 
PRIMATE ENRICHMENT (used OK)
– “Little Tykes” toys
– Kongs
– Musical Instruments
– Large Plastic Paintbrushes
– Canvas (art)
– Cardstock
– Blankets
– Burlap Sacks
– Athletic Tube Socks
– DVDs/DVD Players
 
OPERATING SUPPLIES
– Small & Large Tarps
– Zip Ties (8″ and 14″)
– Spray Bottles
– Cruelty-free dish soap and laundry detergent
– Used sheets, towels & blankets
– Paper Dixie Cups
 
GIFT CARDS
– Lowes, Home Depot, HEB, Tractor Supply
Nerd Night @ Geekdom Benefiting Primarily Primates2018-06-08T07:49:32-06:00

Nerd Night @ Knight Watch Benefiting Texas Burn Survivor Society

May’s partner organization is the Texas Burn Survivor Society. We will be gathering items for the 23rd annual Camp David, a week-long camp for more than 65 pediatric burn survivors, their siblings, and also the children of adult burn survivors. Campers experience a week of adventure, discovery and fun, designed specifically for children ages 7 to 16. Camp David is unique among burn camps because it also includes siblings and children of burn survivors, whose lives are also severely impacted by burn injury. This amazing camp is made available to the children free of charge!

Wish List:
Snack Items (granola bars, sugar free mints/gum, etc.)
Beanie Babies or Similar Small Stuffed Animals
Small Puzzle Toys
Small Journals or Notepads
Decals and Stickers
Friendship Bracelets

Nerd Night @ Knight Watch Benefiting Texas Burn Survivor Society2018-05-09T09:51:15-06:00

Nerd Night @ Geekdom Benefiting Texas Burn Survivor Society

May’s partner organization is the Texas Burn Survivor Society. We will be gathering items for the 23rd annual Camp David, a week-long camp for more than 65 pediatric burn survivors, their siblings, and also the children of adult burn survivors. Campers experience a week of adventure, discovery and fun, designed specifically for children ages 7 to 16. Camp David is unique among burn camps because it also includes siblings and children of burn survivors, whose lives are also severely impacted by burn injury. This amazing camp is made available to the children free of charge!

IMPORTANT LOCATION NOTE: We will be in the Geekdom office building (entrance on Houston) this month due to a conflict in the Event Centre. We will have someone available at the door until 7:30pm – you may message here or text Stephanie to get someone to come down and let you in after that time!

Wish List:
Snack Items (granola bars, sugar free mints/gum, etc.)
Beanie Babies or Similar Small Stuffed Animals
Small Puzzle Toys
Small Journals or Notepads
Decals and Stickers
Friendship Bracelets

Nerd Night @ Geekdom Benefiting Texas Burn Survivor Society2018-05-09T09:23:59-06:00

Nerd Night @ Knight Watch Games Benefiting Book Buddies

Join us from 2pm-10pm for a full day of board gaming in support of Book Buddies. Nerd Night is holding a book drive to collect books for this year’s fairs. We will have Knight Watch’s library at our disposal, or bring your own games to play while you make new gaming buddies. Bring a book to donate, stay and play games all day!

Book Idea List HERE. You can donate any kids book appropriate for K-5th Grade: https://smile.amazon.com/hz/wishlist/ls/1WZZHJYQ11YRJ?&sort=price-asc

(Hint: Shop at smile.amazon.com and select San Antonio Nerd Night as your charity! We receive a tiny donation at no cost to you with every purchase.)

Book Buddies is an initiative of San Antonio Youth Literacy. Book Buddies collects books suitable for kids in kindergarten through 5th grade and distributes them at the end of the school year in free book fairs at their Reading Buddy Schools.

At these book fairs, children choose books to take home to read over the summer, which helps prevent the “summer slide” — a regression in learning over summer vacation when they are not being actively taught. Studies also show that children who grow up in homes without books, and who are not read to as children, are far more likely to fall behind in school, fail to complete high school, and suffer the unfortunate outcomes associated with failure: drug use, criminal behavior, early pregnancy, etc.

San Antonio Youth Literacy developed Book Buddies as an offshoot of their Reading Buddy program, which exists in San Antonio Title 1 schools where at least 75% of the families are below the poverty line. Children at these schools attend the free book fairs at the end of the school year and take the books home and keep them as their own. They can read them over the summer, share them with family and friends, or even their parents. In many cases these donated books are the only books in the home. An added benefit is that children in more advantaged homes learn to share their no longer needed books with another child. Everybody wins!

Nerd Night @ Knight Watch Games Benefiting Book Buddies2018-04-03T07:54:36-06:00

Nerd Night @ Geekdom Benefiting Book Buddies

Join us on April 13th from 7pm-midnight for a night of board gaming in support of Book Buddies. Nerd Night is holding a book drive to collect books for this year’s fairs. Bring your new or gently used children’s books to the Geekdom Event Centre. We will have our game library to share or bring your own games to play while you make new gaming buddies.

Book Idea List HERE: https://www.amazon.com/hz/wishlist/ls/1WZZHJYQ11YRJ?&sort=price-asc

Book Buddies is an initiative of San Antonio Youth Literacy. Book Buddies collects books suitable for kids in kindergarten through 5th grade and distributes them at the end of the school year in free book fairs at their Reading Buddy Schools.

Children choose books to take home to read over the summer, which helps prevent the “summer slide” — a regression in learning over summer vacation when they are not being actively taught. Studies also show that children who grow up in homes without books, and who are not read to as children, are far more likely to fall behind in school, fail to complete high school, and suffer the unfortunate outcomes associated with failure: drug use, criminal behavior, early pregnancy, etc.

San Antonio Youth Literacy developed Book Buddies as an offshoot of their Reading Buddy program, which exists in San Antonio Title 1 schools where at least 75% of the families are below the poverty line. Children at these schools attend the free book fairs at the end of the school year and take the books home and keep them as their own. They can read them over the summer, share them with family and friends, or even their parents. In many cases these donated books are the only books in the home. An added benefit is that children in more advantaged homes learn to share their no longer needed books with another child. Everybody wins!

Nerd Night @ Geekdom Benefiting Book Buddies2018-04-03T07:43:03-06:00

September Nerd Night @ Knight Watch

The Children’s Bereavement Center of South Texas is the sole provider of ongoing, youth-focused grief support for families in San Antonio and South Texas. Most services are provided free of charge. Programs at the Center are designed to help children and families process the psychological and emotional challenges of death and loss in a safe and nurturing environment. CBCST helped over 1500 children and adult caregivers in 2015.

Join us at our September Nerd Nights as we gather items to support the Center in its mission to foster healing for grieving youth, their families and the community.

Items Needed:

Art supplies:
Washable Markers
Washable Acrylic Paint (Pink, Red, Blue, Green, Black, Yellow, Purple, etc.)
Paint brushes/foam brushes
Glue
8×10 Blank Canvas
Scissors
Scrapbooking items
Sidewalk chalk
Fabric paint
Paint markers

Other materials:
Individual sized fruit-flavored snacks
Individually packaged snacks (Cheese-Its, Ritz Bits, Graham Crackers, gold fish, etc.)
Granola bars
Facial tissues
Clorox wipes
Hand sanitizer
Glow sticks/glow in the dark necklaces, etc.
Flashlights
AA/AAA batteries
Funky duct tape

Gift Cards:
Office Depot/Office Max
Michael’s Arts and Craft Store
Hobby Lobby
H.E.B.
Walmart
Target
Lowe’s/Home Depot
Amazon.com

Birthday gifts:
New items for children 3-18 years of age

Teddy Bears:
NEW bears in brown, black or white

Every child that receives services from CBCST goes home with a teddy bear as a reminder that they are not alone.

Food/Drink: Bring your own, or we can order something as a group if there is interest.

September Nerd Night @ Knight Watch2017-09-15T10:16:48-06:00

The Big Give 2017

May the Fourth Be With You!

The Big Give S.A. is all day today, May 4. For those who may not be familiar, The Big Give S.A. is a 24-hour day of giving. It’s organized by the Texas Nonprofit Council and the San Antonio Area Foundation, with the support of the New Braunfels Community Center and the Community Foundation of the Texas Hill Country.

Since 2014, 101,000 donors have given nearly $11 million dollars to over 1,600 nonprofits through the Big Give-making it one of the most successful giving days in the country.

You may remember that last year was challenging — After a series of technical failures, the national Give Local America site went down, and donors across the country had difficulty giving to the nonprofits of their choice. Our community still rallied to raise $4.3 million for 1,055 nonprofits in 2016! You are resilient and generous!

All the nonprofits we have helped in this past year or will help later this year are fundraising extra-hard today! Many are participating in special events all day. Here are their Big Give links. If a particular organization over the last year was special to you, or if one of our upcoming nonprofit partners has a special place in your heart, please give and GIVE BIG!

Elf Louise

San Antonio Food Bank

Family Violence Prevention Services

SAMMinistries

Animal Defense League

San Antonio AIDS Foundation

San Antonio Youth Literacy

Texas Burn Survivor Society

The Rape Crisis Center

Texas Diaper Bank

Alpha Home

Merced Housing Texas

SNIPSA

 

The Big Give 20172017-05-04T10:04:59-06:00

February Nerd Night @ Knight Watch Games

Join us for an afternoon of board games as we gather to support SNIPSA! Bring an item from the wish list below and stay all night to game with us at the best local game store in town!

SNIPSA is an organization formed by a group of veterinarians and caring individuals dedicated to helping homeless and unwanted animals in San Antonio and the surrounding area. SNIPSA does not have a standing shelter and depends on a core group of volunteers to foster and rehabilitate animals in their homes. This gives them the opportunity to learn first hand about the animal’s needs and behavior in order to facilitate an appropriate adoption. SNIPSA was incorporated in 2006 and has re-homed more than 7000 animals.

WISH LIST
Bleach
Paper Towels
Laundry Detergent (Original Tide, High Efficiency)
Windex
Clorox Clean Up
Baby Wipes
Nylon Dog Leashes
Nylon Collars (various sizes)
Science Diet Food (Adult, Puppy, Cat, & Kitten)
Puppy/Kitten Formula
Tidy Cat Litter (Regular Non-Clumping)
Small Plastic Litter Pans
Frontline Plus/Advantage
Flea and Tick Prevention
Trash Bags (Yard & Kitchen Size)
Old Newspaper
Hand Sanitizer
Office Supplies (8.5×11 White Copy Paper, Sharpies, Ball Point Pens, Scotch Tape, Painter’s Tape for Surgical Packs)
First Class Postage Stamps
Gift Cards (Gas, Home Depot, Office Max, Wal-Mart)

February Nerd Night @ Knight Watch Games2017-02-19T16:15:50-06:00
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