Giving Back

The Channel@Work program is the charitable component of our XChange events.  Channel@Work is designed to bring the IT community together to connect and give back to the local communities that host our events throughout the year.

Our XChange Events team identifies the charities and coordinates with committed vendors, solution providers, and other IT executives on the appropriate contributions of time, items, and monetary donations to make a difference.

Please visit the Giving Back pages for each of our 2014 events to find out more about this year's projects.

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In 2013, Channel@Work provided empowerment to low-income students through technology, teen center updates to support after school programs, joy and comfort to families with children undergoing serious medical treatment, and hope to disadvantaged women.


 Click each event to learn more.

 @ XChange Solution Provider:
To Grandma's House We Go

 We teamed up with Grandma's House, an intergenerational nusing home, to re-vamp their space and spend some time with the incredible kids they have there.  Volunteers built garden boxes, painted bird houses, and showed the children how to use the 40 new tablets that were donated from our generous donors.

See the video and CRN's slidehow of the project.

@ XChange 2013:
Back to School Bash at Eastern Ave

Our volunteer team helped 90 underpriveleged children start the school year off right working with students to choose a backpack and fill it with school supplies.  We also had an over the top back to school party with bounce houses, cotton candy, sno-cones, and more.  To top it off, volunteers helped build furniture provided by McAfee to fill their new technology community room.

See the video of the project.

@ Midsize Enterprise Summit East:
Lunches with Love

Volunteers spent their afternoon making bagged lunches for the families of the Chicago Ronald McDonald House including sandwiches, cookies, and more.  Making lunch for the famliies at the house give them the opportunity to focus on their families during these difficult times.

@ Midsize Enterprise Summit West:
Ronald McDonald Comfort Kits

Scale Computing generously sponsored our MES West Comfort Kits.  Attendees helped to compile bags filled with comforting items for the families at the local Ronald McDonald House.  We also raised more than $3,000 for the house including exceptionally generous pledges from CIOs and sponsors in the room.

@ NexTI:

For NexTI and the Best of Breed (BoB) Conference we collected funds to go towards a wish for a sick child.  Together we raised more than $1,000 to help make a wish come true.

@ Best of Breed (BoB) Conference:

For NexTI and the Best of Breed (BoB) Conference we collected funds to go towards a wish for a sick child.  Together we raised more than $1,000 to help make a wish come true.

@ Healthcare IT Summit:
Camp Ronald McDonald for Good Times

At the event, we collected toiletries and funds for Camp Ronald McDonald House.  At the end of each camp session, the kids write their wishes on popscicle sticks to be used for the next session's campfire.  Onsite, vendors, attendees, and staff all wrote out wishes on popscicle sticks to be combined with the campers.  We also raised more than $2,000 to help stock a med-shed at the camp.

@ WOTC Winter Workshop:
Safe Horizon

With more women than ever be for, we managed to raise twice as much funding for Safe Horizon programs as last year's workshop.  From geneous individual pledges to raffle ticket purchases to donations of diapers, gifts, and winter accessories these women came together to make a real difference for mothers and children who have been victims of crimes and abuse.

See pictures of the 2011-2013 projects on our Facebook Page!

Past Channel@Work Initiatives & Videos

    * Xtreme Home Make Over - XChange Solution Provider 2012
    * Teen Center Mark Over - XChange 2012
    * Comfort Kits - Healthcare IT Summit 2012
    * Spruce & Spook - NexTI 2012
    * Build a Bike - XChange Solution Provider 2011
    * Scrub-A-Club & Build-A-Backpack - XChange 2011
    * Women Helping Women & Men 2 Work - Midsize Enterprise Summit West 2011
    * Dress for Success - Women of the Channel Receptions
    * Children's National Medical Center - Healthcare IT Summit 2011
    * Dayton Heights:  Makeover School Edition- XChange Solution Provider 2010
    * Supporting our Troops - XChange Americas 2010
    * Cradles to Crayons - CRN Fast Growth 2010
    * Make-A-Wish Foundation - XChangeTech Innovators 2010
    * Habitat for Humanity - XChangeSolution Provider 2009

For more information about sponsoring Channel@Work, please contact Allison Cohen at or 516.562.7870.

Our Channel@Work projects would not be such a success without the incredible generosity of our vendors and attendees.  Thank you for joining us in our effort to give back!

Our 2013 Underwriter:


Our 2013 Donors:


Allen Falcon
AVG CloudCare
alo Technologies
Halo Business Intelligence
Michael Hadley
Scale Computing
ShoreTel Sky
Tandberg Data
Thinking Phone Networks