Softchoice employees up the ante for Kids Health Links Foundation

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At its core, the mission of Softchoice Cares is to support charities that use technology to improve the lives of others. Through the Power to the People (P2P) program, Softchoice employees across North America can raise money and awareness for a cause they are passionate about, and receive matching funds from Softchoice Cares for every dollar they raise.

This year, I chose to nominate the Kids Health Links Foundation (KHLF) as a P2P charity. KHLF is an organization whose very purpose is true to the heart and spirit of Softchoice Cares and the P2P endeavor. I’m delighted to say that for the third year in a row, KHLF will be the beneficiary of all proceeds raised by the annual Softchoice Cares Poker Tournament in Toronto.

Having raised nearly $30,000 in support of KHLF in two years (with much more to come this year), it’s clear that Softchoice employees and business partners have taken very easily to KHLF’s mission. KHLF, like Softchoice Cares, believes access to technology can be a gift for people across the world because of its ability to connect us with those who matter most in our lives – our friends and families.

It was in early 2014, when a dear friend of mine and former Softchoice employee first introduced KHLF to the Softchoice community. She had personal ties to the organization and recognized that KHLF and Softchoice Cares shared a common vision. Through the power of innovation, knowledge, and communication, KHLF alleviates the stress, isolation, and loneliness of children and teens in medical care by keeping them connected to their families, friends, and school communities through the use of technology. KHLF believes that positive emotional well-being can be fostered by maintaining family connections and encouraging active social participation.

The World Health Organization defines health as “a state of complete physical, mental and social wellbeing, and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.” By providing technology that enables this wellbeing, KHLF hopes to help children and teens heal faster, and better overcome traumatic medical experiences. For the kids and teens KHLF supports, the platforms of Upopolis, Upedia, and Umind are the gifts of technology that are undoubtedly the great enablers for those personal connections. Equally important are the immeasurable and intangible benefits those personal connections provide – benefits like hope, healing, and love.

Whether you’re a technologist, a poker shark, or simply excited about the great work KHLF does, the Softchoice family encourages you and yours to also find a way to support the ongoing efforts of KHLF in building communities and connecting kids and teens across Canada. With the holidays right around the corner, there’s no better time of year to organize an event with your community of friends and family to raise money and resources that will provide hope, healing, and love to those who need it most.

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Softchoice Cares: Reflections (Part 2)

KenyaBuildThe following is the second post in a series of four that are running every Thursday throughout March. Read the previous post by clicking here: Part 1.

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Softchoice Cares: Reflections (Part 1)

The following is the first post in a series of four that will appear every Thursday throughout March.

Softchoice’s corporate giving program, Softchoice Cares, is led by an all employee board. Over an 18-month term, the board supports all employee philanthropic programs in the communities across North America, and they plan and execute an international mission in support of computer literacy in an underprivileged community overseas.

The current Softchoice Cares board’s tour of duty is coming to an end this month. Before they hand over the reins to a new group of volunteer leaders, I asked them to reflect on their experiences, lessons learned, and advice for the incoming board and other organizations. [Read more…]