Uplifting News From CDW

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Here's a heart-warming story for a chilly Monday

Stories about the devastating tsunami several months ago have for the most part receded off the front page, but I was impressed by CDW's disclosure last week that it will send 10 of its employees to Thailand in July with Habitat for Humanity's Global Village division as part of the rebuilding effort.

The clincher is that not only with CDW pay all of their travel and immunization costs, it will carry their salaries for the two-week period.

Seems CDW Chairman and CEO John Edwardson has long been involved with Habitat for Humanity, an affiliation he brought to CDW when he came onboard. In the past three years, CDW employees have built three homes in the Chicago area, with more than 500 individuals participating in the projects. In each case, the CDW also donated technology to the families for whom the houses were built.

Earlier this year, Edwardson challenged CDW's team to contribute $100,000 to the relief fund, a goal 1,400 employees surpassed by more than $200,000 for a total of $300,000. Anyone who contributed to the multiagency fund was automatically eligible for a raffle, the "prize" was the July humanitarian mission.

K.C. Tomsheck, a senior director of IT operations at CDW and one of the chosen, says CDW employees have really stepped up their community-focused volunteer activities since Edwardson joined the company. Indeed, the reseller grants every employee one day off per year to perform community service.

"We're a pretty diverse, we represent almost every department," he said of the 10 who will make the July journey.

Got any more inspiring stories to share? E-mail them to me at hclancy@cmp.com.

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