SQL Server MVP Arnie Rowland (blog | twitter) has been running a project, Project Phoenix, to benefit unemployed/underemployed developers who are striving to do development projects for non-profit organizations. In Arnie's own words:
One eligible developer and deserving non-profit project will be selected each week to receive a valuable package of excellent software, development tools, training, and books. We are now calling this ‘Project Phoenix’ to celebrate these developers rising from the ashes of disrupted careers.
If you are interested, I urge you to check out what to do to submit a proposal and hopefully win one of the award packages. They will be awarded weekly through the end of 2010. Arnie's project is for non-profits in the USA and Canada. If you're looking to help one in Australia or New Zealand, SQL Server MVP Rod Colledge (blog | twitter) is heading that up..