The ConnectWise Foundation: 2016 highlights

| By: Steve Farnan

In the last 365 days, more than 400 colleagues dedicated 600 hours to charity services and raised $22,500 to help local nonprofits. Needless to say, 2016 was the busiest year yet for the ConnectWise Foundation volunteers around the country!

Seattle colleagues worked with Food Lifeline to package over 500lbs of food for local families in need. Raleigh colleagues served as mentors for the Boys and Girls Club computer science program, and also worked with Note in the Pocket volunteers to organize clothing donations.

Tampa colleagues helped with maintenance projects and clean up at the Tampa Humane Society, the Ronald McDonald House, and Metropolitan Ministries.

That said, talking about charitable acts can be tricky. We don’t want to sound like we’re tooting our own horn here, but we do want to show the highlight reel of our philanthropic initiatives in our community because we want you to share in that special gratifying feeling that comes from helping others.

Sulphur Springs K-8 school

Sulphur Springs K-8 caters to underprivileged youth in the Tampa Bay area.  In 2016, we were able to provide the school with 62 laptops and over 4,800 school supplies, in addition to creating a mobile computer lab for the students.

Our contribution to Sulphur Springs stands out amongst the other Tampa Bay companies because we have an ongoing campaign to continue to provide technology to the school. Moving forward, our aim is to build on this effort by implementing technology programs and offering scholarships.

Computer Mentors

Computer Mentors has a mission to ignite and facilitate a passion for technology in Tampa Bay area youth. The ConnectWise Foundation is a proud title sponsor of the Computer Mentors’ Teen Business Challenge, a weekend-long competition where teens put their entrepreneurial spirit to work creating (and pitching) marketing, development, and web design ideas to ConnectWise executives (shark tank style).

Tools, like iPads, are provided each year by ConnectWise and the event is co-run by colleagues and Computer Mentors volunteers. The best part about this event is getting to see what the next generation of IT enthusiasts are coming up with!

Success4Kids and Families

ConnectWise has been an avid supporter of Success4Kids and Families for the past 10 years. Success4Kids and Families provides in-home treatment services for families in Hillsborough County, and every year ConnectWise helps to support their holiday drive.

In 2016, colleagues helped to provide over 155 children with gifts, and donated over 85 family meals in time for the holiday season. We believe that by helping youth and families through community initiatives, like the holiday drive, we’re helping families succeed where they otherwise couldn’t.

IT Nation Gives

This year IT Nation Gives and the ConnectWise Foundation joined forces with Hands on Orlando to help give a local military community a home makeover. Partners and other volunteers painted dormitories and assisted with maintenance projects for the resident veterans.

In an everlasting effort to uphold the ConnectWise Foundation mantras–empower colleagues, encourage partners, stay local–we are always trying to think of new ways to help improve our community.

Share your ideas for what we should do in 2017 in the comments below!