CompTIA’s Human Services IT Advisory Group supports groups serving exploited, disadvantaged teens with charitable dollars

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CompTIA’s Human Services IT Advisory Group supports groups serving exploited, disadvantaged teens with charitable dollars

Sep 26, 2017

The Human Services Information Technology Advisory Group (HSITAG), a CompTIA member community, has chosen to support the nonprofit organizations Foster Care to Success and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children with its philanthropic dollars. Both organizations will receive $5,000.

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Each year, the member communities at CompTIA are invited to select nonprofit organizations to support with charitable dollars. The contributions are part of an annual process by CompTIA Giving to give back to local communities through philanthropy, bringing positive awareness to selected charities and CompTIA, and acting as a way of encouraging individual charitable service.

HSITAG selected Foster Care to Success and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. Both nonprofit organizations will receive $5,000.

PSC Logos_HSITAG“We chose to support Foster Care to Success and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children because both truly encompass the mission of both CompTIA and HSITAG. CompTIA is building the foundation for technology’s future and HSITAG is dedicated to improving the delivery of human services programs to citizens,” said Jacque Gombach, chair of the HSITAG Charitable Giving Committee, member of the HSITAG executive council, and founder and CEO of Captuva. “Our donation to Foster Care to Success will help the most vulnerable communities achieve their education goals. We also are honored to give to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children which will use our donation to enhance IT initiatives that aid in their mission of finding missing children, reducing child sexual exploitation and preventing future victimization.”

Foster Care to Success helps young adults who have “aged out” of government-sponsored foster care because they turned 18 years old or graduated from high school.

Tina Raheem, director of scholarships and grants for Foster Care to Success, points out that most 18 year olds lack the skills and resources needed to become financially independent overnight. For the second straight year, the advisory group’s contribution will help Veronica Ortiz, a foster care alumnus who is expected to graduate from Allan Hancock College next year and hopes to transfer to California Polytechnic State University after that.

“I am working very hard to keep a very good GPA so I can get accepted by this university,” Ortiz said. “Thank you so much for your consideration in supporting my educational goals and making my dreams come true. 

Raheem said the continued support from HSITAG was meaningful.

“Each donation gives one more youth opportunities they wouldn’t have without it,” she said. “Foster Care to Success is very appreciative of the HSITAG for their contribution and for recognizing the potential of foster youth to achieve their hopes and dreams.”

Since 1984, the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children® has served as the leading private, nonprofit organization helping to find missing children, reduce child sexual exploitation and prevent future victimization. As part of its work as the clearinghouse and resource center on issues relating to missing and exploited children, NCMEC operates a hotline, 1-800-THE-LOST® (1-800-843-5678), and has assisted in the recovery of more than 243,000 missing children. NCMEC also operates the CyberTipline®, a mechanism for reporting suspected child sexual exploitation, which has received more than 21.5 million reports since it was created in 1998.

HSITAG began as a small group of private companies serving the human services IT market to provide a collaborative source of knowledge, educational outreach and guidance to improve the delivery of human services-related programs. 

Since then, it has grown to include senior executives from 35-plus of the nation’s leading companies working with public human services programs at all levels of government. Membership includes large Fortune 500 companies as well as specialized niche players representing management consulting, systems development, commercial off-the-shelf software solutions and business process outsourcing segments of the market. Learn more here.

 

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