Ingram's VentureTech Donates $60K to AIDS Foundation & Women's Shelter
Distributor Ingram Micro Inc.'s 35-member VentureTech Network in the New York metropolitan area, known as the Big Apple Chapter, has donated some $30,000 worth of IT gear, labor and services to the AIDS Resource Foundation for Children as part of a community outreach program called Big Apple Cares.
Earlier this year the VTN Chapter donated a similar amount to New York's Battered Women's Resource Center, its first charitable IT outreach effort sprung from a program initiated in 2009 by members Chelsea Technologies, Comtel Global Services, Lincoln Computer Services and Micro Strategies.
The NY-area VTN community, comprised of IT solution and managed service providers focused on the small- and medium-sized business segment, has teamed with Ingram, Cisco Systems Inc., Hewlett-Packard Co., Microsoft Corp. and a host of others to offer IT refreshes to local non-profit organizations throughout the year.
This Saturday, September 25th, the fruits of their efforts with the AIDS children's foundation will be unveiled at an "IT Makeover" event in Newark, NJ.
The AIDS foundation's IT refresh was highlighted by a re-cabling of four of its locations, provided by Managed Business Communications, a wireless network designed and implemented by TransNet Corp. and new computer, netbooks and printers contributed by Exigent Technologies, a spokesperson said.
"For this project, some of the best IT services companies in the New Jersey and New York areas came together, donating their time and talent for a great organization," said Daniel Haurey, Exigent president.
"It was very rewarding to see what can be accomplished when like-minded people from different organizations work together for a worthwhile cause," said Jay Smolyn, TransNet vice president, operations.
Kevin Zealand, the AIDS foundation's director, in expressing the organization's gratitude, said that the "ability to utilize up-to-date computers and a state-of-the-art wireless network is something we can use on a daily basis."
Guy Baroan, president of the Big Apple Chapter, said that the group intends to craft a template for other VTN communities interested in charitable community outreach to follow.
"Our long range goal is to create a model for giving back to the community that can be easily replicated by the other twelve Ingram Micro VTN Chapters throughout North America," he said.