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Sep 05, 2012

CompTIA Member Communities Target Six Groups with Latest Round of Charitable Giving

Downers Grove, Ill., September 5, 2012 – Six deserving organizations across the United States are the latest recipients of financial donations from the member communities of CompTIA, the leading non-profit association for the information technology (IT) industry.

CompTIA today announced donations totaling $20,000 by its Managed Print Services (MPS) and Healthcare IT communities to groups in the United States. Money for the donations comes from the Creating IT Futures Foundation, the philanthropic arm of CompTIA.

The CompTIA MPS Community selected Genesys Works (Chicago) and the National Cristina Foundation as recipients of donations of $5,000 each.

Genesys Works (Chicago) is a not-for-profit organization that aims to empower inner-city high school students to succeed in the corporate world by providing students with an educational training program in specific technical fields.

The National Cristina Foundation promotes the reuse of technology to enable people with disabilities, students at risk and economically disadvantaged persons to be given the opportunity, through training, to lead more independent and productive lives.

“In January, the MPS community decided they wanted to support programs that help individuals develop the skillsets needed for a career in IT,” said Greg VanDeWalker, senior vice president of strategic relationships, GreatAmerica Leasing Corporation, and chair of the CompTIA Managed Print Services Community.

“By providing courses and an internship to underprivileged juniors, Genesys Works is helping to provide a future for these young professionals while also building the technology talent pool,” VanDeWalker continued. “We are ecstatic to have this opportunity to sponsor two children for such a worthwhile cause and look forward to seeing them grow

The CompTIA Healthcare IT Community divided its $10,000 donation among four organizations:

• Wounded Warriors Project, which is committed to raising awareness and enlisting the public’s aid for the needs of injured service members, helping injured service members aid and assist each other, and providing unique, direct programs and services to meet their needs.
• Starlight Children’s Foundation, a charity that helps seriously ill children and their families cope with their pain, fear and isolation through entertainment, education and family activities.
• Ronald McDonald House Charities, an organization that has been providing families with stability and resources so they can keep their child healthy and happy for 38 years, with more than 290 local chapters in 57 countries and regions.
• American Family Children’s Hospital (Madison, WI), a hospital providing specialized care in a healing environment designed specifically for pediatric patients and their families.

“HIT selected these four organizations because of their strong involvement in healthcare and their implementation of new technology to improve patients’ lives and create job opportunities for those looking to work in the IT field,” said Chris Johnson, medical IT consultant, Untangled Solutions, and CompTIA Healthcare IT Community chair. “We truly respect and admire all these organizations do to help injured veterans and ill children. We look forward to making donations again next year.”

CompTIA communities form the foundation of the association’s initiatives, programs, education and research. These member-driven groups collaborate to advance specific technologies, vertical markets or business segments that are vital to the IT industry. Community members include IT professionals, vendors, distributors and thought leaders.

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Kelsey Wieties