Posted November 11, 2015 • by Mary McCoy
With today being Veteran's Day, Continuum would sincerely like to thank and pay tribute to the the men and women who have bravely served in the armed forces of the United States of America. Core to our company's DNA, we feel a collective purpose to return the favor by helping our returning troops find employment. Because honoring veterans is a cause dear to our hearts, we ask you to keep reading to learn how you can join us in giving back!
The Continuum Veterans Foundation (CVF) was founded in 2012 by Continuum® to help veterans find jobs in the IT industry. Our company is the sole donor, with a percentage of all company profits used to fund CVF and other veterans causes. That means that in leveraging our offering, partners make contributions that create real opportunities for the men and women who've helped keep us safe.
This year marks the third year in a row that CVF has donated $50,000 to Atlanta, Georgia-based Hire Heroes USA, an organization dedicated to creating job opportunities for U.S. military veterans and their spouses through employment training and corporate engagement. Last year’s donation has contributed to Hire Heroes USA’s successful efforts in 2015, including providing services to 1,115 (25/week) transition workshop participants, creating 5,829 (132/week) final resumes, working with 6,717 (152/week) new clients and conducting 45,521 (1,034/week) career counseling sessions. And if that wasn't enough, we're incredibly thrilled to share that as a result, we've helped a whopping 2,847 veterans get hired!
Continuum doesn't just stop at funding CVF. All employees are given the unique opportunity to donate 20 hours a year of paid company time to various veterans causes. In fact, each of our respective cities is continuing the tradition of volunteering for local nonprofits this holiday season. Our Boston office will revisit The New England Center for Homeless Veterans (NECHV) on Thursday, December 3, 2015 to serve lunch and deliver boots to veterans (more below!). Similarly, our Houston team is collecting goods for troops and conducting a coin drive for USO Houston, serving over 60,000 troops and military family members annually. Lastly, the company's Pittsburgh area office in Cranberry, Pennsylvania is again supporting the Yellow Ribbon Girls project, helping to purchase, wrap and fill boxes for veterans overseas this November.
As our CEO, Michael George, recently shared with ChannelPro Network, we have our own Hire Heroes initiative within the company! With this, we provide preferential hiring consideration for veterans, and nowhere is this more evident than at our Pittsburgh office where more than 20 percent of our 200 employees have served in the armed forces.
"All service people should look into a company that supports veterans as much as Continuum does. It is great to be a part of something, just like it was great to be a part of the service and feel that bond with everybody. If you can find that bond in a company, you are guaranteed to succeed in whatever you do outside of the service."
~Matt Tardivo, Help Desk Specialist at Continuum~
You may be familiar with CompTIA, the IT industry's trade association, but did you know about CompTIA's Future Leaders Community? The member group is focused on building best practices for embracing a multi-generational workplace, while also providing a platform for millennials to network and advance their careers in the IT channel. This year, the group elected to donate $5,000 to two nonprofit organizations, Hire Heroes USA being one of them!
Between the Mayor of the City of Las Vegas, County of Clark, State of Nevada, Carolyn Goodman, proclaiming September 29, 2015 as Continuum Veterans Foundation Day and Robin Robins donating 10 percent of sales from her popular Technology Marketing Toolkit at Navigate 2015, we were moved by the support for veterans at our recent user conference!
This quarter, we teamed up with HTG Peer Groups to host a silent auction which succeeded in raising $14,115 for Hire Heroes USA on behalf of CVF! Many items were donated to the auction from various vendors including Bitdefender, Bizratings.com, ConnectBooster, Continuum, Datto, eFolder, Equilibrium, GreatAmerica, GreenCloud, HTG, Ingram Micro, KLA Group, Lenovo, Megan Sorensen (private donor), Nextiva, nGenX, Reflexion, SeaLevel Ops, Semel Consulting, StorageCraft, Webroot and Wise Sync. Again, the reaction within the channel is inspiring, and we'd like to thank all who've helped honor veterans by participating!
This year, we're also competing against our Boston headquarters neighbors, Rapid7, in a friendly boot drive challenge. The rules are simple - the company that donates the most pairs of boots to the New England Center for Homeless Veterans wins! Our goal is to collect 75 pairs of boots for men and 25 pairs for women by the end of the effort. Our boot drive kicks off on Monday, November 30th and runs until Friday, December 11th. We believe veterans should be honored all year-round and not just on this very special day, so we need your help spreading the word!
The CVF website has a new look and feel! Along with including additional information about the employment opportunity for veterans and CVF's contributions, we've added a new video gallery and quotes from those we salute today for serving our country. We'll be continuing to make improvements, but for now, explore the new CVF site and learn more about our mission!
On behalf of all of us here at Continuum, thank you again to all of the veterans who've served to protect our nation and preserve our freedoms.
Meet Mary! Mary McCoy is a Senior Demand Generation Programs Manager at Continuum, where she's worked for over two years. Mary has consulted with hundreds of partners, lending website, blog and social media support. Before that, she graduated from the University of Virginia (Wahoowa!) with a BA in Economics and served as digital marketing intern for Citi Performing Arts Center (Citi Center), spearheading the nonprofit’s #GivingTuesday social media campaign. Like her school’s founder, Thomas Jefferson, Mary believes learning never ends. She considers herself a passionate, lifelong student of content creation and inbound marketing.