Must Have Checklist for Planning an International Charitable Mission

KenyaBuildEmployee-led volunteer missions are an integral part of our corporate giving program at Softchoice.

They’re an incredible way to develop leadership skills, and they provide a life-changing experience that individuals can share with the company, and their friends and family upon their return. I’ve personally been on two such missions, most recently to Maai Mahiu, Kenya this past September.

Over the years, Softchoice Cares members have learned some valuable lessons for planning and executing overseas charity work. Based on our experience, here’s a must-have list for any corporation planning an international charitable mission. [Read more…]

25 families in Dallas recieve the gift of technology

In March, the Softchoice Dallas Team was able to be a part of the Habitat for Humanity computer pilot program.  The program, which Softchoice Cares had been working with Habitat for the last year and a half, has the goal to donate refurbished computers to Habitat home owners.  With the help of Redemtech, who provided the refurbished computers, we were able to supply 25 families with a full desktop computer and monitor.  Before the families were able to take the computers home, we did a brief overview of the computer itself and some security awareness.  The home owners also had to sign a waiver that they would call Redemtech if they no longer wanted/needed the computer for proper disposal.  This is now happening in four other cities with plans to growth nationwide.  Through the hard work and partnership of Softchoice Cares and Habitat for Humanity we are continuing to bridge the digital divide here at home!

Day 1 – The arrival

It’s been two days since we’ve gotten here.  The computer lab is in great shape and as we have internet access here, we’re now able to blog and post pictures (hopefully more frequently).

Day 1 – Arrival

We arrived in Sri Lanka, around 3am in the morning.  We were greeted by Dave and Nick – at that point we’ve been traveling for around 24 hrs.  But we still had 6 more hours to go.  Our driver Anel drove us through Columbo and through the surrounding area to get us to the Palm Paradise Cabanas. 

The Palm Paradise Cabanas is a beautiful place, it’s almost surreal. We can hear the ocean waves continuously and the beach is awesome.  Everyone we’ve met in Sri Lanka has been very nice and generous.  Georgina was also greeted with some new friends – a small pack of puppies looking for attention!

By 4:30pm everyone was exhausted.  Most of us have travelled for 30 hours (or more) and trying to stay up was quite the exercise.  We had an assortment of curry for dinner and boy was that delicious!

I think it’s safe to say by the time dinner was finished, everyone crashed and had a good night sleep!