Seattle-Based IT Efficiency Software Company Encourages Other Technology Companies to Give Back to Local Communities
Seattle–March 20, 2013—Adaptiva, an award-winning provider of IT systems management solutions, today announced that is has made a sizable donation in the form of office furniture, white boards and computer equipment to Arbor Heights Elementary within the Seattle School District. Adaptiva is encouraging other technology companies in the area to give back by providing similar donations to organizations in need.
Listening to Linda Thomas of KIRO 97.3, Adaptiva Marketing Director, Cherie Wentz Blehm was moved by a story about Seattle schools and the billion-dollar bond issue that was on the ballot. In the report, Christy Collins, principal of Arbor Heights Elementary in Seattle mentioned how much her school needed basic materials for teaching, and that an educator, Mr. Fisk, could not even use his blackboard as it would no longer accept chalk.
Blehm’s company was scheduling a move to a new facility in Bellevue and much of the furniture and office accessories would no longer be needed. She called Principal Collins’ office and began working with staffer, Tracy Hughes on donating and delivering the office furniture.
“During these tough economic times, it’s inspiring to have a company such as Adaptiva go above and beyond to donate these desperately needed supplies for our teachers and students,” said Christy Collins, principal at Arbor Heights Elementary. “As a community, we are all in this together to help educate our children and I believe it is everyone’s job to pay-it-forward, and help build a solid foundation for our future.”
Adaptiva, with the help of Barin Yoder of Yoder Construction Company who assisted in the delivery and transportation of the items, provided a dozen whiteboards, leather office chairs, computer monitors, and other accessories to Arbor Heights Elementary. David Wilkie, an educator at Arbor Heights Elementary, assisted in receiving the first load on a Saturday morning. Wilkie is not only a teacher at the elementary, but also attended Arbor Heights as a child so the donation was especially touching for him.
The process took several trips, with the final one being most difficult. As two white boards, 12 feet in length could not be easily moved from Adaptiva’s former second floor office. Barin Yoder solved the problem by cutting the whiteboards in half, creating 4 six-foot pieces and these were loaded and transported to the elementary school on Sunday, March 3.
“We believe it is our duty to help support the communities where we live,” said Cherie Wentz Blehm, director of marketing at Adaptiva. “Our next step as a society is to give back in any way we can to the organizations that need it most and we encourage other technology companies around the country to do the same. Even if you can’t afford to give a monetary donation, just look around your office and consider that unused office furniture or computer equipment and how it may be extremely valuable for our schools. We may not be able to change the world, but we can change pieces of it.”
Founded in 2004, Adaptiva is a leader in IT systems management software, extending the functionality of Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager for enterprises across the globe. Adaptiva’s software suite and underlying platform optimizes existing IT assets for content delivery, PC power management and client health. Adaptiva’s software transforms traditional client server infrastructures into lean distributed networks that minimize the number of servers under management, simplify systems management and optimize content distribution – delivering significantly lower costs and higher return on investment of existing systems. A Microsoft Gold Partner, Adaptiva is deployed on more than 2 million devices in over 14 countries, and is sold directly, and through a network of partners and channel resellers. Learn more at adaptiva.com, email or call 425.823.4500. Follow Adaptiva on Facebook and Twitter.