Life sometimes has a roundabout way of providing opportunities.
In December of last year, Scott Kelby had a number of daily giveaways that he posted via Google+. One of these giveaways was for a one year membership to the National Association of Photoshop Professionals (NAPP), which I was fortunate enough to win.
Part of the NAPP membership is a subscription to Photoshop User magazine. Yesterday my first two issues arrived. Last night, while beginning to read the first issue, I read a short column that mentioned Operation Photo Rescue (OPR). This was my first time being made aware of this organization.
OPR is an organization of volunteers with the goal of providing free photo restorations for families that have had their photos damaged in some sort of disaster. Soon work will be beginning on photos damaged during the recent hurricane Sandy.
After reading the short column, and subsequently checking out the OPR website, I knew that it was something that I wanted to help out with. I filled out the volunteer form and waited for the next step. Before actually being registered as a volunteer I needed to prove my ability with a sample restoration. Thankfully the work required was not that great, and I was able to complete it satisfactorily. I am proud to be a part of this organization as a volunteer, and I'm looking forward to helping families rescue their memories.
If you have experience with photo restoration I would certainly encourage you to consider helping out as well. Even if you don't have skills in restoration there are other ways that you may be able to help.
Since OPR is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit, I cannot use any of the images that I work on to promote any paid services. That means that you will not see them posted here at any time, however I would like to share a selection of photos that I have restored for clients in the past. If I do get more paid restorations I will gladly share those as well.