IBM and FSW Partner to Support Children in Need

On October 3rd, IBM kicked-off its 2013 Employee Charitable Contributions Campaign and FSW is fortunate to have been selected as a featured charity this year.   IBM has been a long-time supporter of FSW, most recently donating equipment such as servers to upgrade our technological capabilities, providing two service grants (valued at $75,000) offering consultation on technology and social media improvements, and funding for programs such as Head Start and Big Brothers Big Sisters.   In earlier days, IBM was instrumental in conducting a needs assessment for an adult day program, which preceded the opening of FSW’s My Second Home in Mt. Kisco.  The partnership between IBM and FSW exemplifies the beneficial impact that non-profits and corporations, working together, can have on the communities in which they operate.

Started in 1978, the Employee Charitable Contributions Campaign is an opportunity for IBM employees to make monetary contributions as well as to volunteer their time to local non-profit organizations.

Since the program’s inception, over $920 million has been donated through this campaign.   This year, IBM purchased $2,000 worth of new underwear and socks for FSW’s Sharing Shelf program.  The Sharing Shelf, a program of FSW since 2009, FSW collects new and gently-used children’s clothing and other items (such as strollers, car seats and school supplies) and distributes them to children in need throughout Westchester County through  a network of over 30 social service agencies, hospitals and schools.

On October 3rd—the Day of Caring—IBM employees volunteered on site at their facility in Armonk to sort the purchases by size and gender.  These packages of underwear and socks will be included in the full packages of a week’s worth of clothing, which are created by the Sharing Shelf and distributed to Westchester County’s children in need.  “We are so grateful for IBM’s willingness to donate these much-needed items and to allow their employees time to serve their less fortunate neighbors,” said Deborah Blatt, Program Coordinator of the Sharing Shelf.  “In addition, this introduces a new model for volunteering for the Sharing Shelf by offering the opportunity on site.  We hope that other corporations will replicate this model, as it is such an efficient way for employees to volunteer their time and so beneficial for our program and those we serve.”