In the movie “Twister,” there is a somber scene where the storm chasing team struggles to describe the power of an F5 tornado to a guest. For those living in Joplin, MO, that power became terrifyingly real on May 22, 2011. The city lost 162 residents and suffered catastrophic devastation, including millions in damage and thousands of homes destroyed.
Today, the city remains hobbled by debris, and continues to battle its way toward recovery. Channel mentor Jane Cage, COO of Heartland Technology Solutions (HTS), serves as the chair of Joplin’s Citizens Advisory Recovery Team, and came to the October Ingram Micro VTN event armed with an iPad packed full of heart-wrenching photos of her beloved Joplin.
After Jane shared the overwhelming nature of the ongoing needs of Joplin with us at VTN – it takes nearly $45,000 to build a Habitat for Humanity house and thousands are still needed – we knew we wanted to help. We’ve created a program through which NetEnrich will donate 5% of the revenue generated from sales within the Ingram Micro Venture Tech Network (VTN) community to the Joplin Habitat for Humanity.
“The generosity of companies like NetEnrich, who are willing to share a percentage of their revenues to aid in Joplin’s recovery, and to offer incentives to others who can do the same, is a wonderful testimony to the heart and soul of the IT channel,” says Cage. She stresses that while Joplin has achieved much in the last few months, there remain thousands of families still in need of shelter and support.
This exclusive fundraiser is retroactive to Oct. 1 and will continue through March 31, 2012. While more than a dozen Ingram Micro VTN members have become NetEnrich partners and donated to the Joplin Habitat fund, we’d love to see the fund total enough for us to support construction of at least a couple homes this summer.
To learn more, contact NetEnrich at (408) 436-5900.
Senior Vice President and General Manager