Officials from the ITSS CompTIA Member Community present
a check to Year Up as part of this year's giving spree. Year Up
helps urban youth ages 18-24 obtain work in major corporations.
CompTIA Member Communities are wrapping up their annual giving campaign in conjunction with the Creating IT Futures Foundation, to the tune of $130,000.
At least two-thirds of the dollars have been steered toward charities that prepare youth or adults for careers in the IT field.
“The CompTIA Member Communities are a terrific mechanism for making sure that charities around the country and even the world that align with our mission are properly identified and supported,” said Charles Eaton, CEO of Creating IT Futures. “The community members take this task very seriously and do a great job. Each year we see new charities enter the fold.”
This was the third year for the giving campaign. New charities identified by the communities this year included Tech Trek, Girls Inc., MicroSkills, the IT Disaster Recovery Center, National Association of Veterans Upward Bound, and TechGirlz.
Familiar recipients of the awards included the Black Data Processors Association, Grace After Fire, Wounded Warrior Project, and Year Up.
Sandy Ashworth, chair of Advancing Women in Technology member community, said she feels that the annual giving campaign is extremely important.
“It signifies that CompTIA is truly a not-for-profit organization that is trying to promote the IT industry and the health and welfare of individuals,” said Ashworth, who serves as global director for channel relations and warranty at Unisys.
Each community had $10,000 to distribute between two and four organizations. Ashworth’s community took suggestions from the members, researched to make sure the charities were properly registered, and offered them up for a vote.
Members of Advancing Women in Technology settled on three charities: Grace After Fire, Tech Trek, and Girls, Inc.
Grace After Fire helps female veterans transition to civilian life, addressing issues of work, trauma, and sexual abuse. Girls Inc. works with girls ages 6 to 18 and includes a program called Operation SMART to promote STEM education. Tech Trek promotes math and science through camps for eighth grade girls.
“We want to use collaboration to see how we can all work as females in IT to increase the number of women in IT,” Ashworth explained.
The IT Services and Support community focused on IT training for military veterans and urban youth. The group gave $5,000 to the Wounded Warrior Project Transition Training Academy and $5,000 to Year Up.
“We researched the best way to make our investment productive in our industry, and looked for organizations we thought would merit that investment,” said Mike Schuler, CEO of Veterans Alliance Resourcing, Inc., and chair of the ITSS Member Community. “It’s wonderful to have the opportunity to make a difference in people’s lives.”
Below is a report on all the awards: