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Cisco Partners Giving Back this Holiday Season (and Throughout the Year)

- December 7, 2011 - 2 Comments

While some of us are fortunate enough to have our basic needs covered and can focus on the joys of the holidays, there’s no denying that there are so many others who don’t even have that and could use a little bit of help.

At Cisco, we’ve partnered with several non-profit organizations to provide resources and services to those in need. Some of the organizations include: NetHope, Community Voice Mail, Habitat for Humanity International, Tech Soup Global, and St. Bernard Project. Whether it’s donating through time, money, or sweat like the Partner Summit 2011 team did in the 9th ward in New Orleans, giving back selflessly is a reward in and of itself.

We knew we couldn’t be the only ones who felt passionate about giving back. So, we set out to learn how our partners are giving back this holiday season.

Force 3
Force 3 Vice President of Marketing Krissy Edell Kelley tells us on our Facebook page that they are supporting Toys for Tots, a charity that “delivers, through a new toy at Christmas, a message of hope to less fortunate youngsters that will assist them in becoming responsible, productive, patriotic citizens.

Dimension Data
Got Mo? Mo what? Moustache that is! For the month of Movember (the month formerly known as November) Dimension Data supports a moustache growing charity event that raises funds and awareness for men’s health issues. Check out the Mo Bros of Dimension Data.

Not only have our partners found ways to give back during this holiday season, they also found ways to give back throughout the year. See how our partners gave back this year while having a bit of fun.

Business Communications, Inc. (BCI)
BCI makes it easy for you to help donate to blood cancer research while getting in a great workout.

This past Halloween, Michelle York of BCI partnered up with Team in Training, a fundraising program of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society,  for a Zumba-thon dance fitness party. Participants were encouraged to wear Halloween costumes while they shook the calories away.

Nexus IS
Fore! Golf and charities do mix!

Earlier this year, Nexus IS held its first annual Southern California Charity Golf Tournament and raised $7,500 for Orangewood Children’s Foundation. The money raised goes towards building a replacement emergency shelter for Orange County’s abused and neglected children.

More recently, Nexus IS raised $13,000 for the American Heart Association at their second annual Northern California Charity Golf Tournament.

Nexus IS also holds an annual event for their internal employees to support the family of an associate who passed away from a heart attack last year. According to Nexus IS, they “took to the greens to enjoy a day of remembrance and raise money for the family.”

BlueWater participated in this year’s JP Morgan Chase Corporate Challenge in New York City supporting the Central Park Conservancy. Check out pictures of the racers on BlueWater’s Facebook page.

Force 3
Not only does Force 3 support Toys for Tots during the holidays, they also support the Children’s Cancer Foundation throughout the year. This foundation raises funds for research and treatment of cancers that affect children.

Dimension Data Americas
Dimension Data has been busy supporting some great causes! Within the last few months they donated hockey kits to children in Toronto, wore jeans on Lee Jeans National Denim Day to support Breast Cancer research, and participated in the Bike MS: City to Shore Ride 2011.

CCIE’s are getting into the giving spirit, too! @IPv6Freely tweeted that he donated to Movember and Camp Trillium, a childhood cancer support center.

We are so happy to see that so many of our partners and CCIEs are actively involved in helping those in need. We couldn’t fit everyone’s great contributions in this blog but if your charity wasn’t mentioned, please let us know in the comments how you are giving back this holiday season.


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  1. Spanlink Communications collects toys for Toys for Tots every year in addition to collecting gently-used coats for One Warm Coat!

    • Great charities! Thanks for sharing, Kaitlyn!