Future Leaders Community Supports Hire Heroes USA and Humanitarian Toolbox Charities

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Future Leaders Community Supports Hire Heroes USA and Humanitarian Toolbox Charities

Nov 05, 2015
FutureLeadersCommunityDonationCompTIA’s member community, Future Leaders, elected to give $5,000 to two nonprofit organizations: Hire Heroes USA and Humanitarian Toolbox.

Nate Teplow, a Future Leaders member and senior marketing programs manager at Continuum® Managed IT Services, nominated Hire Heroes USA on behalf of his organization’s charity, the Continuum Veterans Foundation.

Committed to helping people transition from military duty to civilian employment, Hire Heroes USA supports veterans and their spouses secure 60 confirmed new jobs each week by overcoming common barriers to employment. Services offered include helping veterans effectively demonstrate how military responsibilities are relevant to civilian job descriptions, or successfully market their leadership and knowledge in a resume or interview.

The IT industry is an important employment channel for Hire Heroes, Teplow said. And since one of the goals of the Future Leaders community is to attract new IT talent, the community’s goals and Hire Heroes’ mission coalesce.

“This organization is near and dear to my heart,” Teplow said. “Hire Heroes is doing great work and using donations very effectively to help veterans find good jobs and return to civilian life. Veterans are a great fit for jobs within IT because of the skills they learn during service — such as problem solving and teamwork. Any organization that helps bring new talent to IT and supports veterans represents a win-win.”

This year alone, the organization has helped 2,500 military personnel and spouses secure civilian employment, posting many of its success stories to its website. Click here to learn more about Hire Heroes USA’s mission and success rate.

Erica Woods, a Future Leaders member and manager of contractor and community relations at Apex Systems, nominated Humanitarian Toolbox, where volunteers build open-source software to support humanitarian disaster relief efforts — which, in turn, helps storm victims find safe shelter and aide workers deliver food to hungry people.

Volunteers currently are developing applications for the American Red Cross and National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster, including Crisis Checkin, designed to help disaster site coordinators manage and deploy workers, and AllReady, which connects volunteers certified to install smoke detectors with the homes that need them.

“If you’re an open-source programmer looking for a worthwhile skilled-based volunteer activity, Humanitarian Toolbox is definitely helping the world community,” she said.

The contributions made by Future Leaders are part of an annual effort at CompTIA and its philanthropic arm, the Creating IT Futures Foundation, to support local communities through service, drawing positive attention to charities and encouraging individual good works. Members made their selection at ChannelCon 2015.

The Future Leaders community is founded with the idea of understanding and embracing the multi-generational workforce and building best practices by providing guidance on how companies can position themselves to best leverage talent and skills from diverse generations. Learn more online.

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