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The Channel Company's Channel@Work Program Supports Underserved Students at Century Center for Economic Opportunity

FRAMINGHAM, Mass., March 20, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- The Channel Company today announced the organization's charitable program, Channel@Work has completed another successful project with the generous help of program underwriter, Microsoft.   In conjunction with the annual XChange Solution Provider event, volunteers spent the afternoon with kids from the YouthBuild program, part of the Century Center for Economic Opportunity, an organization that empowers underserved young adults to rebuild their lives and community through leadership, education and technical training.   

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  • Watch a video of the Channel@Work initiative at the Century Center for Economic Opportunity 
  • View pictures of the volunteers in action on the XChange Events Facebook page

Volunteers were divided into teams to tackle improvement projects at the teaching facility including building picnic tables and garden boxes, painting, landscaping, and refreshing the computer lab.   In addition, to support personal and professional development for the students, volunteers conducted mock interviews to help them prepare for their job search.   While many volunteers participated onsite, several other donors generously contributed technology including tablets, desktop computers and digital cameras, as well as monetary contributions to support the ongoing success of the program.   Donors included APC, Carbonite, D-Link, Dell PartnerDirect, Eaton, Global Convergence, Intronis, Juniper Networks, McAfee an Intel Company, Microsoft, Reflexion, Samsung, StorageCraft and Unitrends.

According to Eric Martorano, General Manager, US Partner Sales, Microsoft, "This event was one of the most inspiring – to help kids build confidence, learn new skills and think about the future in a positive way was meaningful to everyone involved.   We are grateful to all the volunteers who contributed to the success of this project.  It was rewarding to help support an organization that's making such a positive and lasting impact in the development of young people in this community."

The Channel@Work initiative is designed to bring the channel community together to connect and give back to the local communities that are host to The Channel Company's XChange Events conferences throughout the year.   To learn more, please visit the Giving Back page of the XChange Events website.

"We are fortunate to contribute to a number of deserving programs throughout the year and the CCEO was no exception," said Lisa Mackenzie, SVP, Events, The Channel Company.  "With the unwavering support of our volunteers and generous contributions from our donors, we continue to make an impact through our Channel@Work initiative.  We extend our sincere gratitude to the students, teachers and staff at the CCEO for making this project such a meaningful experience."

About The Channel Company
The Channel Company is the channel community's trusted authority for growth and innovation, with established brands including CRN, XChange Events, IPED, and SharedVue. For more than three decades, we have leveraged our proven and leading-edge platforms to deliver prescriptive sales and marketing solutions for the technology channel. The Channel Company provides Communication, Recruitment, Engagement, Enablement, Demand Generation and Intelligence services to drive technology partnerships. Learn more at www.thechannelcompany.com.

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